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Add another chapter to the Nexus 7 32GB saga. We've seen it once, twice, three times - and now it has showed up on Staples Advantage (their site for business users) with an estimated availability date of October 18th. That's probably just some sort of placeholder, though - it's highly unlikely that we'll see it show up in just two days' time.

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The price shows as a few dollars less than the 16GB version, which lines up with previous rumors that the 32 may actually replace the 16 - a questionable move on Google's part, no doubt. Why get rid of the 16 instead of the 8? Hard to say what's really going on behind the scenes at this point, but one thing's for sure: a 32GB Nexus 7 is coming, and it's coming soon.

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[Thanks, Joe!]

Cameron Summerson
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  • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

    Bring it, Google! Also, bring the 64GB version while you're at it (add $50 to the price?). Cause why not?

    • nukeblitz

      I don't see it happening - I don't see any demand for a 64GB version at $299. Most people will pick the 32GB $249 one and be happy - especially since price is one of the big selling factors. Then again, what do I know?

      And I think the 8GB version will stay as Google will want to make profits on it. Putting 16GB at $199 will probably cut down profit margin too thin. They probably wanta nyone wanting more storage space to end up going for a 32GB $249 one. I also assume that's also the reason why there won't be a $225 16GB version - Google wants people to buy the tablet at $249 so that they can make decent profits.

      I don't think that's a bad idea at all, actually. I just hope they do something similar with the lg nexus....

      • Fatty Bunter

        Completely agree. It's all about profit margins, and if they sold just a 64GB and 32GB, everyone (read:95% of people) would just get the 32GB

    • fixxmyhead

      cuz at 300$ i wouldn't buy it

    • http://twitter.com/LV2355 Laurentiu

      Maybe 3G/4G will be more useful.

  • Michael CoZ

    Even though I have an TF201, I might get this as well..... I hear really good things about it as far as portability and etc....

    • lensgrabber

      Same here. I played with one at Staples the other day and it fits great in my waist pack.

  • http://twitter.com/kentuckydean David Moore

    Calling it: $199 for 16gb, $249 for 32gb. No more 8gb,

    • http://www.facebook.com/ataranlen Nathan Walter Stoltenberg

      That's what I was thinking! Perfect plan, just in time for 4th Quarter sales!

      I love my 16gb Nexus, though, and I don't see any reason to upgrade.

      • Kinger89

        Like to see a 10inch tho one for home

    • matt

      Many 16 GB owners like myself will be pissed if that is the case, they have to compensate for that someway

      • DavidKeith

        why do people think this? Google doesn't have to compensate for anything. They made an amazing tablet with 16GB and now they are "discontinuing" it to make the same tablet with more memory. I don't understand why people demand to be compensated for something they bought outright

      • Kaushal

        Sell it on ebay while you can. I sold my 16GB for $242. I gave away a $8 case and $1 OTG cable with it. Not a bad deal as it costed me effectively $225. :)

        • Greyhame

          Hmm... may have to do this.

        • matt

          not a bad idea at all, plus my bootloader is already unlocked and im running a rom so the value may be higher. the reason is that at the time google had no plans on expanding the memory which is something many people, like myself, were a bit upset over. this isnt anything new, its just making an improvement that should have been there in the first place. the least they could have done was to let everybody know of a future 32 gb version so we could wait. if i knew this was coming, i never would have bought the 16 gb version

          • nhizzat

            Unlocked bootloader and rom increasing the value of a Nexus? What're you smoking on? I want some.

          • matt

            its called optimism, great stuff man

      • nukeblitz

        Compensate? Realistically, why? Its unfortunate, yes but new products come out all the while...besides, the effective price of the tablet was $225 because off the play store credit...

        • nhizzat

          Factor in tax and shipping...

      • nukeblitz

        Not to mention drops. Do people who bought the galaxy nexus at $399 or even higher be compensated as its available for $349 now?

        • http://twitter.com/Bl4ckpheniX aaron nyquist

          I paid around $700 for the Gnexus when it first came out. whent with the international version for the GSM... Imagine how I felt when they started selling it for $350 on the play store... I was a little butt hurt, but I got over it.

      • Anon

        No, they don't. Why would they have to? Do you except Asus to compensate you when they release a new laptop? Or Sony when they make a new gaming console?

      • Sorian

        It is called the $25 Play Store credit, remember a while back they were going to stop offering that with N7.

        Edit: found it. PSA: $25 Google Play Credit Promotion For Nexus 7 Ends On September 30th
        http://www.androidpolice.com/2012/09/18/psa-25-google-play-credit-promotion-for-nexus-7-ends-on-september-30th/

    • http://twitter.com/LV2355 Laurentiu

      More likely 32GB will replace 16GB Nexus 7.

      • selonmoi

        Why? 16 GB is a useful smaller option. 8 GB not so much.

        • http://twitter.com/LV2355 Laurentiu

          I have so many reasons to belive this "switch":
          - there are many reports about this (just searh the web)
          - many local stores removed the 16GB version from sale

          So, I'm pretty sure this switch will happen. I also belive that 16GB is better to stay, but is not about my personal preferences here, it's about Google/Asus marketing.

          PS: I do not understand why I get negative votes. I just express my opinion which obvious is different than yours. I'm sure that one vote is from you. LOL.

  • FarmerTechno

    I'll definitely sell my 8GB and buy this. I love my N7, but with Nandroid backups and the size of some of the games these days, 8GB just isn't enough.

    • raazman

      Shouldn't you put your nandroid backups on your computer, and maybe only have the most recent backup on your phone? It makes more sense in terms of space saving and accidental deletion.

      • DavidKeith

        wayyy to much work when you flash every day.... now you could move the backups to the cloud from your tablet but again alot of work especially if you ever want to go back to a previous nandroid

    • fonseca898

      Get an OTG cable and back up to a thumb drive or microsd w/ adapter. Works great for Nandroids and Titanium Backup. I was syncing to Google Drive for a while, but that's not a fast process since it seems to overwrite everything instead of just modified data.

  • Neil Lund

    If this price is correct. I'm going to be majorly pissed off.

    • nukeblitz

      Why so? I think it is great pricing, personally

      • http://twitter.com/cj1171 Chris Jansen

        I will be as well, because if the 32gb is the same as I paid for my 16gb two months ago, that's pretty lame...

    • nukeblitz

      Maybe because you bought the 16GB TABLET? I suppose you got the $25 credit though - that's no longer valid

      • yamomoney

        The $25 gift card is still available...at least I got one with my 16gb on the 14th...I bought mine from Walmart (15 return policy) so that i could return and get the 32 when available. I have been reading every roomer on the 32gb for the last two weeks and every article has posts about people being pissed and expecting something back from Google, it is so absurd. We have all purchased tech that was all but obsolete within a month. Sure it sucks but its the name of the game, get over it and never buy anything ever again so that we don't have to read these posts anymore....people

        • nukeblitz

          Now, that's very interesting.

          I read on the Google wallet site that this offer was available only till September 30. I had a friend of mine get one on the 28.

          Did Google extend the offer? Or maybe Walmart got the tablet from Google before the 30th and the offer somehow carrier over?

          • yamomoney

            Im not sure how it worked out but I was not expecting it as i had read the same thing. I thought that maybe it was a case were Walmart had purchased it before the date so it carried over as well. Either way I feel pretty lucky. Also so everyone knows Walmart offers the 15 day return not just as a return policy but as a way to test drive a device...or at least thats what the guy helping me said, either way works for me

  • Greyhame

    ...Crummy. I may end up citing extreme tablet slowdown with 3 GB remaining and seeing what Google will do for me.

  • b_freeman

    I didn't buy one before because of the lack of an SD card and the limited built in storage but I can see myself buying a 32GB N7...I still wish it had an SD card though.

    • DeAno Jackson

      I too had reservations about 16GB with no SD. 32GB makes that pill a bit easier to swallow.

  • btod

    Hopefully the success of a 32bg version will show google that people don't want to sacrifice on board storage for cloud

  • matt

    What about the people that got the 16gb version? If I had known that a 32 GB was going to come out for a few LESS bucks than my 16 GB then I never would have bought it

    • Evan

      Such is the plight of the early adopter.

    • selonmoi

      If I had known what was going to happen in 2008, I would have made better investment decisions. Sucks not having a time machine, doesn't it?

      You made a decision to buy based on the offering and its price at that time. Nothing about that equation has changed. But here's a glimpse into the future that you can use next time, if you'd like: Technology will get better and cheaper, quickly.

      • DeAno Jackson

        Yup; that's just the way it is.

  • jbworldwide1

    My Xmas present! Right wife?

    • DeAno Jackson

      I'll be expecting the same from my girlfriend.

  • Alex Murphy

    I think the 8GB will drop in price to $149 (with Google taking a very small loss on each tablet, possibly subsidized with addtional ads).

  • Kinger89

    I want a 10inch nexus tablet!

  • Robert Jakiel

    The 8 Gig will drop to $149 by the holidays. It will be a very Merry Christmas for a lot of people if that happens.

  • Deltaechoe

    And the early adopter curse strikes again...

  • http://wave-france.blogspot.com Supercopter

    Now add an HDMi port and I'll buy 2, maybe 3, of these!

  • Tim Kermode

    Dear Google,

    Please hurry up and get the 32GB N7 out so it can be added to my Christmas list.
    Many thanks

  • JG

    Just because they own Moto now doesn't mean they need to take their playbook... Release the Droid Razr, wait for everyone to snap it up, then release a new iteration with a better battery, faster processor, etc... I guess thats what I get for finally becoming an early adopter... If I had known all I had to do was wait a few months & for about the same price I could have had double the storage....

    Now that the 32GB version has basically been confirmed, what is the status of the 3G version? Has it been officially confirmed either way yet? It might be worth waiting to see if you could get a 32GB 3G version... Unfourt' around here the only wifi is at home, McDonalds, the hospital or one of our gas stations. It could be nice to go to the park, watch the leaves fall & do some research... Though there would be some downsides... 3G versions usually take longer to get updated than their wifi only counterparts - though maybe with it being a Nexus device? And getting service for it would probably FUBAR my grandfathered unlimited data forcing me to a shared everything account....

    • nukeblitz

      Buy unlocked, go prepaid TMo. Pay less in long run. Get updates and freedom. Feel less murderous rage.

      Seriously though, the phone market in the US is broken. Hell, where I live, I pay about $25 for 10GB 3G and 500minutes of calling...no contract

      • JG

        hmm.... In the market for a roommate? lol... I've thought of maybe switching.... But Verizon is basically the only option for decent reception around here. AT&T voice isn't bad, but no 3G (or at least not till just recently anyway). Last time I checked we were a Sprint dead zone... But that was wow, decades ago (how time flies)... Not sure about TMo...

  • Kindroid

    This will be out soon. Just to show how puny that iPad Mini really is.

  • FrillArtist

    Such bullshit. I just got a 16GB two weeks ago. UGH.

  • InvaderDJ

    My thought on why the 32GB version is replacing the 16GB version (and is around the same price) is because of the memory controller issue with the Nexus 7 when it gets below a certain amount of free space. Didn't the release notes for 4.1.2 update say that it had code for a new hardware SKU or new controller or something?

  • rockstar323

    I'm thinking the 8GB will go down to $99 and 16GB to $200 to undercut the fire and the upcoming iPad mini. They would lose money on the 8GB but they would gain absolute dominance over the 7" market.

  • John Chrenka

    I just ordered a 16GB model yesterday. After reading this report I called Google and tried to see what was up and switch my order to the 32GB model if it was possible. They claimed to know nothing about a 32GB model. I told them about the screenshots with product numbers from Staples and it was scoffed at. I also said what about the one that was shipped to Japan recently and nothing was said.

    • Michael Jon Carter

      Alot of retailers have been lying to customers in order to sell off as much 16gb stock for the same price as the 32gb. be warned!

  • JensAstrup

    I'm intrigued by the fact that the 32GB is listed as a Wi-Fi tablet, but the other two aren't. Maybe someone has a less exciting reason for this, but could it be that there's a 3G version as well?

  • goddamit

    Just bought mine last week!!!

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