Google’s Nexus series has brought us some fantastic values for Android hardware. The devices are generally quite top-shelf while coming in hundreds of dollars less than their competition. But recently, there’s been a new surge of interest in smartphones that are even more affordable than the $300-$400 you might pay for Nexus phone, with models like the Moto G and Lumia 520 (not to mention the new 630) proving that shoppers also want slightly lower-end hardware if that means saving even more money. Now a new rumor out of Asia suggests that Google could be thinking about introducing a lower-cost Nexus option, one that could sell for around $100.
How might it manage to deliver such an incredibly affordable handset? Well, by cutting back on component costs, for one. The main focus of this low-cost Nexus rumor centers around the idea of Google embracing a design based on a MediaTek SoC. The company’s silicon regularly pops up on lower-priced hardware, and despite efforts to keep up with the tide of development (like its new octa-core chips), MediaTek hasn’t been able to shake its stigma as a second-class alternative to the likes of Qualcomm. Google embracing MediaTek chips for a even-more-budget-priced Nexus phone could go a very long way towards giving the company some street cred, as it were.
But who would actually manufacture this handset? What would the rest of the specs look like? And would Google really be interested in delivering a product like this? Questions abound, and we’ve got a long way to go before we’re buying in to this rumor, but darn it if it’s not a very tantalizing idea.