Google Nexus 7 16 GB Sells Out, is Android's First Tablet Hit
July 23, 2012 3:09 PM
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At cost tablet is so popular ASUSTek is upping production
Galaxy Tab 10.1
from Samsung Electronics Comp., Ltd. (
) saw some modest international sales success,
no Android tablet
to date has truly challenged market dominator Apple, Inc. (
), unless you count Amazon.com, Inc.'s (
Google Inc.'s (
) new Nexus 7 tablet runs the main-line Android release -- specifically
Android 4.1 "Jelly Bean"
-- unlike the Kindle Fire, which runs Amazon's own special fork of Android. But the tablets do share a common price -- $199 USD for the 8 GB Nexus 7.
Now they share something else -- the Nexus 7 appears to be the first pure-Android tablet to be a market-moving hit.
Google reports that despite demand for the 8 GB variant being soft, it is seeing wild demand for the 16 GB version that retails for a modest $249 USD. The tablets are reportedly
sold at cost
, which may be part of their strong appeal.
The sales success of the higher-storage variant is unusual, given that competitors like Research in Motion, Ltd. (
) have typically seen their
highest sales with the cheaper lower-storage models
. In fact, the success took Google by surprise and the company has now been forced to put sales of the popular 16 GB model on hiatus, as it struggles to catch up with a back-log of orders in the U.S. and UK.
The company now lists the 16 GB model as "coming soon", offering hopeful buyers the chance to sign up for an email alert when more stock becomes available.
Announced June 27, the tablet's hardware is
produced by Taiwanese computer maker ASUSTek
Computer Inc. (
). The tablet packs a Tegra 3 quad-core CPU from NVIDIA Corp. (
). It is primarily available through the Google Play store, but was also picked up by several major U.S. and UK retailers late last month.
The tablet has reportedly
sold out at many of its U.S. partners' stores
. ASUSTek is upping production, but it may be weeks before customers can get their hands on the hot tablet.
The success of the 7-inch Kindle Fire, and now the Nexus 7 have reportedly alarmed Apple who is reportedly
to release a "
" early than planned.
Before his death CEO Steven Jobs vetoed such a design, insisting it would be a market failure. In one of his numerous rants in his waning years, he
The reason we wouldn't make a 7-inch tablet isn't because we don't want to hit a price point, it's because we don't think you can make a great tablet with a 7-inch screen. The 7-inch tablets are tweeners, too big to compete with a smartphone and too small to compete with an iPad. [Increasing screen resolution on small devices is] meaningless, unless your tablet also includes sandpaper, so that the user can sand down their fingers to around one quarter of the present size.
Well the success of its rivals reportedly has Apple prepared to tell its legion of loyal followers to get the sandpaper out and ready their fingers for a mini-iPad.
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RE: Double Edged Sword
7/24/2012 2:29:11 PM
What I mean is that from what I hear around the web is that they cut corners. If it costs an extra ~$50-100 for them to make sure those corners aren't cut, then I would jump. I don't want something that bricks out after a year.
I mean I appreciate what they are doing making tabs affordable for people poorer than I, but I also like options that are somewhere in between this and overpriced Apple stuff.
"Game reviewers fought each other to write the most glowing coverage possible for the powerhouse Sony, MS systems. Reviewers flipped coins to see who would review the Nintendo Wii. The losers got stuck with the job." -- Andy Marken
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