For anyone who has been a fan of the Google Nexus program, the recent change in how the search engine giant is handling its products is a huge problem.
We all know what made the Google Nexus products popular. Other than running stock Android OS as well as the ability to receive timely software updates, their prices were the best, be it for smartphones or even tablets. The last time a Nexus tablet came out was back in 2014 – the Nexus 9. In 2015, Google switched to the Pixel C tablet and in 2016, we only saw the Pixel and Pixel XL phones.
While Google Nexus 9 fans have had the chance to ponder about moving to the Pixel C tablet, the price for this device is just not close to the Nexus 9 or Nexus 7 for that matter. Where the 2014 tablet came with an entry-level price of $399, the Pixel C is valued at $599. For anyone who is moving from a Google Nexus 7 or Nexus 9, this is just too much.
It’s true that the Pixel C’s Tegra X1 processor and 3GB RAM are way ahead of the Tegra K1 and 2GB RAM used on the Nexus 9, but this just doesn’t justify the price, especially when there are cheaper options such as the 9.7-inch Apple iPad (2017). But if you are after a pure Android experience, well, you might want to join us in wishing that the leaked Google Taimen better be a successor to any of the two Nexus tablets – because there’s currently no worthy replacement for either Nexus 7 or Nexus 9.
One thing worth noting, though, is that even if the Taimen ends up to be a Google Nexus 9 or Nexus 7 successor, it’s possible that Google won’t be going back to its Nexus pricing strategy. Instead, the new Pixel strategy will stick around, especially with rumors pointing towards some top-notch hardware specs with respect to the Taimen.
Unlike the Google Nexus 9 or Nexus 7, the Taimen is rumored to pack the new Snapdragon 835 SoC paired with a flagship RAM of 4GB. The OS on board should be Android O, but other than these, we have nothing else about this alleged Nexus 7 or Nexus 9 successor. With these specs, the next tablet that comes from Google might even be costlier than the already costly Pixel C, but hopefully, not.