It looks like Google has underestimated the demand for its new Nexus 7 tablet. It has already reportedly sold out of stocks of the 16GB version, which costs £199.
If you want to buy a Google Nexus 7 online now, the only option provided on the Google Play store is to “sign up” for an email telling you when it’s back in stock.
The 8GB version is still available, for £159. It may have been that Google anticipated more customers would go for this cheaper edition.
However, like the iPad, the built-in storage for Google’s 7-inch tablet cannot be expanded.
Savvy early adopters have clearly seen that the bigger capacity model is the one to get and that the £40 price difference is no impediment.
Both models of the hardware are manufactured by ASUS.
The Guardian reports that Google Play website orders placed up until the third week of July are due to be fulfilled, but anyone looking for the 16GB now will have to join the waiting list, and it could be several weeks until new batches are ready.
“Google’s planners had thought that buyers on the Google Play store, more than from physical or online retailers, would be more committed to the company’s ‘cloud’ concept, and so would have more of their content stored online, rather than wanting to keep it on the device,” claims The Guardian.
It adds that Tesco has also reportedly been turning down new orders for the 16GB model due to overwhelming demand (it is not stocking the 8GB edition).
The 16GB Nexus 7 is also on sale in some physical chain stores, such as Currys and PC World, which is said to have reported “extremely brisk” sales.
Via The Guardian