Tis the season for hardware refreshes, and with new hardware on the horizon from big names in the tech business, there are plenty of deals to be had on current generation products. Google is doing a bit of inventory clearing of its own and has given the go ahead for retailers to slash the price of its highly-capable Nexus Player. Best Buy is taking the lead with a 50 percent discount, which drops the Nexus Player’s price from $99.99 to a very attractive $49.99.
The Nexus Player, which is built by ASUS, is a set-top box that is capable of handling not only all of your streaming demands, but can also gaming. To show its commitment to gaming (unlike, say, Apple) Google launched a dedicated gamepad for the Nexus player. Best Buy has also discounted the gamepad, but unfortunately it’s not another 50 percent off windfall; instead, it has fallen just $10 from $39.99 to $29.99.
The Nexus Player, which is shaped like an enlarged hockey puck, is powered by a 1.8GHz quad-core Intel Atom Z3560 processor with 1GB RAM, contains 8GB of internal storage, features a single HDMI port and supports 802.11ac connectivity. The Nexus Player runs Android 5.1.1 Lollipop, is compatible with Google Cast and the included Bluetooth remote supports voice search.
We’re assuming that this sale will last until Best Buy’s inventory is exhausted. And given the fire sale pricing, Google is almost certain to announce a second generation model at its September 29th event at the old $99 price point, perhaps with 4K support likely the recently refreshed Amazon Fire TV.
We saw earlier today that Best Buy is also offering a 50 percent discount on the Microsoft Band fitness wearable, bringing its price to a highly attractive $99.99. This is expected, given that the next generation Band 2 is set to be announced on October 6th.