July 20, 2012
Google Nexus 7 Preorders Ship, Sells Out In Stores
Enid Burns for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online
Consumers who preordered the Google Nexus 7 Android tablet might want to pause reading so they can check their mailbox. Tablets pre-ordered by July 11 have been shipped, and Google expedited shipping to overnight delivery. The next batch of preorders will go out next week. However, most retailers carrying the tablet have reported they've sold out already and aren't expecting restock until August 7.
Google posted an update for the Nexus 7 8GB pre-orders on its Google Play site. The update states that Google has shipped all standalone Nexus 7 8GB orders, that didn't also include a case, charger or Nexus Q. The 8GB model sells for $199.
All orders for the Nexus 7 16GB model, which sells for $249, placed through July 11 shipped as of the end of the day yesterday. The next batch of orders will go out next week. Google also said tablets ordered with a case, charger or Nexus Q will go out this week, and possibly in advance of the accessories added to orders. All orders were upgraded to overnight shipping to get the Nexus 7 tablet into consumer hands.
Customers who pre-ordered from Canada, the U.K. and Australia will ship by the end of the month.
Anyone hoping to walk into a store to get a Nexus 7 tablet will have to wait until the next shipment on August 7. Retailers across the board are reporting they've sold all the units in the initial shipment. CNN confirms that in a report. The site searched several retailer websites and couldn't find a retailer listing the tablet in stock.
Google introduced the Nexus 7 tablet running the Android Jelly Bean operating system at Google I/O 2012 last month.
The tablet quickly sold out, mostly in preorders, at retailers such as Costco, GameStop, Sam's Club, Office Depot, Staples and BestBuy. Reuters quotes a GameStop spokesperson on the brisk sales, "We blew through the first two allotments."
New York-based B&H issued the following warning on its website: "This is a new item being released in limited quantity, we are accepting orders and they bill be filed in the order they are received." Other retailers are issuing similar warnings, or simply advising customers that the item is out of stock.
Orders placed with Google come with a $25 credit to spend in the Play store, plus free content such as a copy of Transformers: Dark of the Moon. That offer is extended for a limited time, though Google is not specific on the date it will expire.
The Google Nexus 7 tablet runs Android's newly introduced Jelly Bean 4.1 version of the open source operating system. The tablet has a 7-inch screen and a 1280 x 800 HD display with scratch-resistant Corning glass. An NVIDIA Tegra 3 quad core 4 plus 1 processor supports graphics. The Tegra 3 quad-core processor delivers faster page loads, gameplay and video. Google also included features such as Android Beam, an NFC feature; accelerometer; GPS; magnetometer; gyroscope and microphone.