UK’s Carphone Warehouse was quick to announce the availability of the Nexus 7 tablet. According to the retailer, they will be selling the Google tablet starting in mid-July. And that’s for the 8GB model which will be sold for £159. The 16GB model of the Nexus 7 tablet will also be available from Carphone Warehouse but it will come sometime towards the end of July. Of course it will be priced a bit higher than the 8GB model, getting a retail price of £199.
Carphone Warehouse’s Chief Commercial Officer, Graham Stapleton said that demand for tablets has increased in just more than two years since the first generation of iPad was made available to consumers. He agrees that Google believes that there is still an opportunity to grow the tablet market via the competitively priced Nexus 7. Although not the best spec’d tablet to date, the Nexus 7 has one major advantage over other Android tablets – and that is the fact that it will be the first tablet to run on Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. This in addition to its 1GB of RAM, 16GB of memory, 7-inch screen and quad-core processor.
Carphone Warehouse did not specify whether they will offer pre-orders for the tablet. But of course, we will update you as soon as we got more information from Carphone Warehouse. In the meantime, you might want to read some more about Carphone Warehouse’s announcement via the press release included below.
GOOGLE TAKES IT TO THE NEXUS LEVEL
Carphone Warehouse to stock new mini tablet
LONDON June 28, 2012- Yesterday Google announced its first foray into the tablet market with the launch of the compact Google Nexus.
Commenting on the launch, Graham Stapleton, Chief Commercial Officer at Carphone Warehouse, says, “Consumer demand for tablets has exploded in just over two years since the launch of the first generation iPad. The wide range of devices now available means that consumer choice and buying power is stronger than ever. Google clearly believes that there is further scope to grow the market and the competitively priced Google Nexus will serve to make tablet devices more accessible to customers.
“The meteoric rise in the popularity of tablets can be attributed to changes in the way we are using the internet, managing relationships and consuming media. Our lives are more connected and ‘always on’ than ever before. It’s all about convenience; people don’t want to have to go to a desk and sit at a computer to surf the internet, do some online shopping, chat with friends or update a Facebook status – tablet devices lend themselves perfectly to all these activities, all from the comfort of the sofa. Whilst laptops have catered to this need in the past they are slightly cumbersome and awkward; tablets offer the ideal solution and represent the direction home computing is likely to take in the future as demand for clunky home desktop PCs decreases.”
Google Nexus features a 7 inch screen, quadcore processor, 1GB of RAM and 16GB memory. It will be the first (and only for the next four months) tablet to run the new Jelly Bean operating system.
The Tablet, made by Asus, will be available from Carphone Warehouse priced at £199.99 standalone or for free on a tethered contact.