Google Nexus 7 pre-sales "big" says Android's director of product management

Google Nexus 7 pre-sales
On Wednesday, Google introduced the Google Nexus 7 tablet, a low priced 7 inch tablet designed to compete with the Amazon Kindle Fire. Pre-orders are now being accepted at $199.99 and according to Android's director of product management, Hugo Barra, the sales have been "big". Unfortunately, he wouldn't give out any figures. The tablet is powered by a quad-core Tegra 3 processor, 1GB  of RAM and an HD display. Sure, we'd love to talk to you about the rear-facing camera and the HD video capture except for one thing. There is no rear facing camera on the device, which is manufactured by ASUS.

Yesterday, after Google introduced the tablet, Topeka Capital Markets Brian White said that Apple had nothing to worry about because the Google Nexus 7 is just another Android tablet. Of course, the fallacy of that theory is that, as we pointed out above, the Google Nexus 7 was designed to take the low end of the Android tablet market away from Amazon. If the Google Nexus 7 does manage to take some business from the Apple iPad, that's icing on the cake for Google.

The 6,000 people attending Google I/O will be receiving a free Google Nexus 7 and as we told you yesterday, some attendees have already put the tablet up for sale on eBay. The good news for Mountain View is that the Google Nexus 7 is off to a great start.

source: BusinessInsider

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Nexus 7
  • Display 7.0" 1280 x 800 pixels
  • Camera / 1.2 MP front
  • Processor NVIDIA Tegra 3 T30L, Quad-core, 1300 MHz
  • Storage 8 GB
  • Battery 4325 mAh



1. CellularNinja

Posts: 306; Member since: Sep 27, 2011

I think it was a good idea for Google but if there is really only 5.5 gb of free space that is a deal breaker. Unless it's a super casual user.

11. kartik4u98

Posts: 511; Member since: May 19, 2012

like me, you can always buy the 16gig version

15. CellularNinja

Posts: 306; Member since: Sep 27, 2011

Yeah that's true but then you lose some of the attractiveness of the price point.

2. guest

Posts: 372; Member since: Jun 13, 2012

Got the 16 gb one :-) Should comliment my iPad 2 nicely. One for on the go and the other for lounging around at home.

6. protozeloz

Posts: 5396; Member since: Sep 16, 2010

how much is the 16GB version? 50 more?

9. Synack

Posts: 688; Member since: Jul 05, 2011

In response to BELOW this post about the iPad2. For $199 we are getting 500% of the hardware, Jelly Bean is much more powerful, and 7 inches is perfect for everything. The iPad's size is only good for one place, a home. The Nexus 7 can go anywhere with no hassle, AND you probably won't have to worry about the screen because it's likely not that garbage glass that Apple likes to use. Not to mention the great battery life.

14. protozeloz

Posts: 5396; Member since: Sep 16, 2010

I think 7" will be great for kids too books, cartoons, and games in one device that's considerably small, plus if it breaks he didn't break a 500+ device, I think the device is easy to replace (as in not hitting hard on your pocket)

18. ardent1

Posts: 2000; Member since: Apr 16, 2011

Synack -- did you know that Google stated they are barely making anything from the device? Did you know that MicroSoft gets a royalty from android devices? So why is Google making a device where its competitor MicroSoft makes out like a bandit?

3. ardent1

Posts: 2000; Member since: Apr 16, 2011

The general problem with 7" tablets at the $200 price point is that a reburished iPad 2 with 16GB only goes for $319. For an extra $120, you get twice the screen size and a great product. The second problem is that it doesn't create a new category or gotta have product. You have Nook tablet and Amazon Fire as well as you standard android OEMs making 7" tablets (btw, Costco is selling Samsung's 7" tablet for $239 with a free sleeve). It makes me wonder if Google is asking people with $200 to burn to get this device. What does it mean when attendees don't even want to own the product?

4. guest

Posts: 372; Member since: Jun 13, 2012

I have the iPad 2. The only thing that it has going for it are the gaming apps other than that I prefer the 7" since I travel a lot and it sounds silly but the iPad is deceptively heavy. I don't think that the attendees don't want to own the product but that it makes financial sense to sell it at a huge premium and then put a little of that in your pocket and just order the one from Google play. No a bad idea. I am sure if there was a limited edition iOS device there would be people putting up the item on ebay because you know somebody is going to pay a huge premium for it.

19. ardent1

Posts: 2000; Member since: Apr 16, 2011

> The only thing that it has going for it are the gaming apps If you really believe that, then you really drank the kool-aid. Apple is not selling millions of iPad for the apps.

5. protozeloz

Posts: 5396; Member since: Sep 16, 2010

well most of the attenders already own a table(devs and geeks here), and the cost of participating is quite high, so why have a tablet when you already have one? most there guys are devs and geeks who where likely to have participated on previous I/O anyways(free galaxy tabs and xoom), now how many of these 6k people are selling them on eBay? Also why should I get a refurbished device and pay more? when I can have a new one, this device will also get updates from Google witch is another reason to buy it instead of any other 7" android tablet.... if i where to buy a 10" android slate It would be the transformer hands down, maybe the Galaxy Note...... but i7" is quite portable (you know how many rumors about a 7" iPad are running these days don't you?) at leat every update my Nexus7 gets Will come with the FULL android experience instead of a half one If you are a guy on the cloud (dropbox, cloud backup, cloud music, cloud pictures etc, you wont use a lot of storage) with that taken on the record the Galaxy 7" tab does not compare to this one (storage is the only advantage)

20. ardent1

Posts: 2000; Member since: Apr 16, 2011

protozeloz, you like to say dumb things. If you understand logic like most people, you would realize the developer would sell his older tablet for the new model with the latest bells and whistles. Perhaps, this is too difficult a concept for you to handle. Again, people sell old and outdated electronic toys to make way for the new and improved models.

22. protozeloz

Posts: 5396; Member since: Sep 16, 2010

I think you have crappy logic when you believed my logic is crappy. 1. you know this free gifts from Google are selling at 2x the sales price on the eBay? they will be available within 15 days the one above sold for 400 bux, that's double the price you will get it within 2 weeks, I can keep my old tablet for 2 more weeks buy this one when it comes out officially, and earn 200 bux for selling mine. again its was your poor business knowledge that gives you the idea they are selling because the device is bad or that the device sucks, these people are using the novelty of an exclusive device to cash out of it DUMBASS. in fact lemme even get a review about the device you should not let your inner fanboy affect your judgement

7. reccatyo

Posts: 7; Member since: Jun 28, 2012

Well nexus 7 has jelly bean, twice the ppi than ipad 2 (don't you apple fans love high ppi?) and quad core tegra 3 for gaming. I have an iPad 2 and i still want nexus 7 because iPad is somewhat too large and heavy to bring for travelling.

8. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 2009

As anyone in sales can tell you, and extra hundred bucks can be a huge problem even for someone who can afford it. The issue isn't price, it's value. For the kind of people who would even look at a 7 inch tablet at 200 bucks, the value in it may be greater than a possibly more capable product that's over 50 percent more expensive. Also, the great bit about the Nexus is that both Kindle and Nook are available as free services on Android, so it combines the best of those worlds.

21. ardent1

Posts: 2000; Member since: Apr 16, 2011

Sniggly, when was the last time you looked at the satisfaction ratings of the iPad versus the Fire or Nook or any generic 7" android tablet. Please don't use the value proposition argument without checking with the data. When the Fire, came out I read the first 1,400 reviews on and about 15% of them returned the Fire.

16. roscuthiii

Posts: 2383; Member since: Jul 18, 2010

You may have been correct if it were only $99 more, ardent1. However, marketing research shows that perceptions change once the price hits that next decimal place. $120 more is a much harder sell.

17. taz89

Posts: 2014; Member since: May 03, 2011

for many people that extra 120 might be just too much...about the attendees selling it on ebay the real answer is how many of the 6000 is selling it i mean if its only a few hundred then thats not much.also the fact that the io versions are special white edition version which wont go on sale,they may just be being clever and sellig it too get much higher value and then just buy he normal version for cheap..i can see this being a hit without a problem,the fact that its powerful,cheap and will also be available outside the play store and be purchaseble from actual stores.

10. xtian1103

Posts: 364; Member since: Feb 11, 2012

"google nexus 7 pre orders are big!" -"how big is it, any actual numbers?" "it is big... that's all you need to know!"

12. tverma83

Posts: 7; Member since: Jun 15, 2012

had a basic 7 doesn't offer any expandable memory..what cost does it require to offer such functionality..i mean would be gr8 to have an expandable slot inbuilt n the customer can plug in d memory sure it must have a cost angle behind the tradeoff so wanted to understand what is it?

13. TylerGrunter

Posts: 1544; Member since: Feb 16, 2012

The most likely answer is: Google wants people to use their cloud services, as demostrated with the OS Chrome. So the less storage you have the more you have to rely on those services where they actually can make money. Sad but probably true. Good thing is there are other OEMs in the market for Android ;-)

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