The next model in the Google Nexus
smartphone collection could be a low-budget handset, according to reports. Google is said by report sources to be working with Taiwan-based chip producer MediaTek
on a mobile device that, while relatively low in overall specification, could end up being sold by the company for under $100 off-contract.
The report by mtksj.com
spotted by Phone Arena
is said to have come from sources inside Taiwanese supply chains, and would mark Google's first budget-focused Nexus device if true. It is possible that some of the low-cost construction techniques employed by Motorola in the Moto G
will appear in the device, and though it is believed to run Android as an operating system, it is unclear how low the specifications will go.
Google Nexus 5
If genuine, it is possible that the rumored budget Nexus device won't be immediately made available in developed markets, such as the United States and parts of Europe. This could possibly be a play by Google to enter into emerging markets with its own devices, somewhere other manufacturers are also headed with low-cost devices.