The Google Nexus 7 is one of the top Android tablets in the market right now. But with Amazon announcing the successor to its already well established tablet, the Kindle Fire, one might feel that the competition is steadily increasing, and rightly so. So in order to combat these rivals, it was reported that Google will announce a 32GB variant of the Nexus 7 fairly soon. This was backed up by a leaked inventory screenshot from UK retailer Carphone Warehouse and a few other retailers. And now to pretty much confirm the existence of the said variant, a user in Japan has received a 32GB variant of the Nexus 7 in place of the originally ordered 16GB model. The user obviously took to the social networks to announce the good news and that’s where the news gained traction. He even has an image of the tablet to back up his claims which clearly shows 27.5GB of storage, which is what a user would get with a 32GB memory module.
What this means is that Google is very close to launching the new storage variant of the tablet. It clearly seems to have gotten mixed up at Google’s inventory where the 32GB model got sent instead of the regular 16GB version, which indicates that the tablet is already in its inventory and all that’s required now is a green signal from Google. A word from Google on the tablet will be welcome, because it merely seems like an incremental update with just the storage being increased. The 32GB Nexus 7 is good news, no doubt, but it doesn’t quite qualify for an announcement. So instead of further keeping it a mystery, it would behoove Google to make it available without much fuss.
Perhaps Google wants to give the good news to the customers during the Nexus announcement, which also makes sense. Either way, Android fans will be ecstatic to get a new storage variant of their beloved Nexus 7. People who already own the device though, would have a little something to say about Google’s timing. As expected, the 32GB variant could cost $299 going by the prices of the other two variants of the Nexus 7. It will be interesting to see if Google will launch a 64GB variant too, much like the Kindle Fire HD 8.9. Regardless, this new 32GB variant will certainly make the Nexus 7 a stronger player in the budget tablet market and it fits in perfectly with the arrival of the B&N and Amazon tablets as well.
Update: The user seems to have removed the image from his Twitter account. Tough luck!