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If this had been in the "Pro" style with a thin bezel and USB-C, it would have been an instant buy.

I agree. For $100 more, they could have had both a thin bezel and usb-c, and I would have bought one instantly.

That kind of defeats the point. They were trying to reach a price - $499 for the Mini wasn’t that price.

Really? Nice to have a supply chain and production tooling expert on this site too!

Or maybe they couldn't have just quickly re-tooled and redesigned everything without making the price too steep compared to the other models.

And why would they? These models will sell like mad. It's not like there's any actual competition in the tablet market. Google doesn't care and Samsung releases a half-hearted attempt every now and then for the hardcode iOS allergics.

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