Google's Nexus 7 Tablet Splashed Across Best Buy Pre-Order Offer
Google is expected to unveil the details of the new Nexus 7 today, but Best Buy is taking away much of Google's thunder.Google is all set to unveil the full details about its updated Nexus 7 tablet July 24 at a press event, but Best Buy is getting ahead of the sales curve by launching a pre-order system for the new devices. The pre-order offer by Best Buy is being done in advance of Google's official launch for the new machines, according to a report by The Verge. Google is set to launch the new tablets July 30 at a starting price of $230 for the 16GB model and $270 for the 32GB model, according to other recent reports. Best Buy had already leaked details of the new Nexus 7 tablets in an advertising circular that will go into newspapers around the nation on July 28. Now the pre-order system is another move on Best Buy's part to perhaps ramp up its sales of the long-awaited new devices.
"As if that Best Buy Nexus 7 flyer wasn't enough, the big retailer is stepping up its efforts to preempt Google's tablet announcement by posting its pre-order pages for the device ahead of the official launch," reported The Verge. "The online store provides full-resolution images of the newly upgraded Nexus 7 slate, detailing the addition of a camera and a now-horizontal wordmark on the back. The latter implies that Google's second Nexus 7 is intended to be used in landscape mode more often than in portrait, ostensibly in an effort to underline its credentials as a tablet rather than just an oversized phone."
Leaked details about the new devices already include a host of details, including 1,920-by-1,200 display resolution, 2GB of RAM, a quad-core 1.5GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro 8064 processor with Adreno 320 graphics and front-facing camera resolution of 5 megapixels, according to reports. The new Nexus 7 models will run the latest Android 4.3 and will also include a rear-facing camera with a resolution of 1.2 megapixels.The updated new Nexus 7 tablets have been rumored since April, when details first began surfacing, according to an earlier eWEEK report. At that time, reports indicated that the 7-inch Nexus tablets would receive thinner bezels, higher-screen resolution and a move to the Qualcomm Snapdragon processor from the current Nvidia Tegra 3 chip, which was used in the first edition of the device.