Cheapskates, rejoice! A sub-$100 Google Nexus phone could be on the way

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Even though we had our qualms about the Nexus 5, the fact that it only costs $350 still makes the handset an easy recommendation for anyone looking for an upgrade. Even so, we understand that not everyone has $350 to spend. As such, a recent report from Chinese online publication MTKSJ alleges that those wishing to own a Nexus smartphone without shilling out the big bucks may be in luck.

According to the report, the new Nexus device won’t be a high-end affair, but rather a mid-range device powered by a MediaTek processor, which we’ve begun to see in several devices making their way to the United States, and even rumored for the LG G3. In addition, the rumored Nexus smartphone will sell for under $100.

Unfortunately, no mention was made of what handset maker would manufacture such an affordable Nexus smartphone. Google has partnered with LG to release the Nexus 4 and Nexus 5, so it wouldn’t be surprising if LG will be tapped once more to make the reported handset. However, given the Nexus line’s history, another handset maker could be chosen.

Google is also rumored to launch an 8.9-inch Nexus tablet later this year. The rumored tablet will have a “more than” 2K display, with the tablet carrying a premium price tag to match the high-end specifications. Finally, LG is rumored to be working on the Nexus 5’s successor, the Nexus 6. The rumored handset will be an understated version of the G3.

With this report, it seems like the Nexus line’s reported death will have to wait just a little while longer.

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