Google’s first tablet launched last week, and while no official sales figures have been released, the Nexus 7 appears to be selling very well, judging by how hard it is to get one.
Those who go directly to the source and put in an order on Google Play are warned that the device won’t ship for 1 – 2 weeks. The retailer GameStop lists it as backordered, while both Staples and Office Depot say it is “Out of Stock”.
Those who were willing to commit early have either already received their unit, or will soon. On Friday, Google began shipping the device to those who put in a pre-order. GameStop put the Nexus 7 up for sale earlier in the week, and a spokesperson told Reuters “We blew through the first two allotments”.
It’s not clear when all the retailers will be getting in fresh units, but GameStop says it’s next shipment isn’t scheduled until August.
More about the Google Nexus 7
A heavy emphasis is being put on this devioce’s tie-in to all the content on Google Plus, like movies, games, and books. Nevertheless, it is a fully-functional tablet capable of handling a wide array of tasks.
The first tablet to bear the Google name is also the first with Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean), the latest version of this operating system. It is built around an NVIDIA Tegra 3 processor with a quad-core CPU and 12-core GPU, plus 1GB of RAM.
The Nexus 7 tablet has a 7-inch, 1280 x 800 display with a 216 ppi. It will also feature Wi-Fi, NFC, GPS, and a 1.2 megapixel front-facing camera. It includes a 4,325mAh battery good for 9 hours of video and 300 hours of standby, according to Google.
No matter whose name is on it, the product is actually being made by Asus.
A review of the Google Nexus 7 will soon be available from TabletPCReview.