Nexus 7 16GB Selling Far Better than Google Expected

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Thanks to strong demand, those who want the 8GB version of the Google Nexus 7 have to wait days to get it. But that’s nothing — the 16GB version is doing so well that Google can’t even say when it will next have this tablet in stock.

Google Nexus 7More than a week after it launched, this model is now listed again on Google Play as “Coming Soon”. Those who are interested can sign up to be notified when it’s once again available.

The 16GB Nexus 7 costs $250, $50 more than the 8GB model. Clearly, Google did not expect there to be as much interest in the more expensive version as there is, and did not make nearly as many units as are necessary.

This is both good news and bad news for the company. Clearly there is a large market for this product, and that’s something that makes any company happy. On the other hand, Google’s profit margin on the 16GB version is higher than on the less expensive one, and the delay in shipments likely means that many customers will settle for the 8GB version, reducing how much money Google takes in.

Google Nexus 7 Overview

The first tablet to bear the Google name is also the first with Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean), a new version of this operating system. At its heart is an NVIDIA Tegra 3 processor with a quad-core CPU and 12-core GPU, plus 1GB of RAM.

The Nexus 7, logically enough, has a 7-inch touchscreen. This has a resolution of 1280 x 800 pixels, with a 216 ppi.

It depends entirely on Wi-Fi for Internet access, as there’s no cellular-wireless version. The tablet also includes Bluetooth, NFC, and GPS.

Other features include a 1.2 megapixel front-facing camera but no rear-facing one. There’s also a 4,325mAh battery good for 9 hours of video and 300 hours of standby, according to Google’s figures.

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