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Kindle Fire 2, Nexus 7, iPad Mini… battle of the low-cost tablets

Things are heating up in the tablet stakes with tech fans barely able to keep pace with the number of back-to-back releases and whispers about devices that have yet come to the market.

But with so much on offer, it can be difficult for tablet users to sort the hits from the misses, with many models crossing over on features, and coming in at a sub-£200 price tag.

Google’s Nexus 7 has already hit the market to critical acclaim, but many are questioning whether it will be upstaged by forthcoming rumoured tablets such as the Kindle Fire 2 and the iPad Mini.

Here’s the information that will help you decide which tablet is most likely to reign supreme.

Amazon Kindle Fire 2

Amazon is expected to release not one, but two Kindle Fire 2′s, a 10-inch model and a 7-inch model, with some suggesting that the tablet could be unveiled at an Amazon press conference in the US on 6 September.

To date more rumours have surfaced about the 10-inch version of the tablet including a quad-core processor, front-facing camera, microUSB ports and HDMI-out jacks.

The slimline tablets are also said to draw parallels with the first-generation iPad rather than the current Kindle Fire, but will still come in with a low price of around $199.

Google Nexus 7

The Nexus 7 has received the thumbs up from the tech community with predictions that sales of the tablet could reach 8 million by the end of 2012.

Plus points for the model include the fact that it shipped with Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, bundled Google Play freebies and NFC support, not to mention some very impressive hardware.

The Nexus 7 also has a power-packed quad-core Tegra 3 processor with 1GBof RAM, and is available in 8GB and a 16GB versions.

As expected with the Kindle Fire 2, the Nexus 7 boasts a 1200 x 800 HD. What it does lack though is the obligatory two cameras, with only one front-facing 1.2MP snapper.

Apple iPad Mini

Reports have surfaced that the iPad Mini, expected to be priced at around £160, will launch in October, as opposed to a supposed joint launch date with the iPhone 5 in September.

The key departure between the iPad Mini, the Nexus 7 and Kindle fire 2 is Apple’s very own OS, with iOS 6 also expected in September.

A rumoured screen resolution of 1,024 x 768 pixels, if true, would mean that graphics may not be as sharp as the aforementioned tablets. Though there are still some who believe we’ll see a Retina Display in the scaled-down iPad.

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