19
Oct
nex7back

We just posted some internal photos from Staples showing that the 32GB Nexus 7 is, indeed, making its way into retail stockrooms. And that's exciting. What we didn't show you, though, was one more photo from our intrepid office supply tipster, which contains some rather juicy information regarding the fate of the 8GB version of the Nexus 7. Take a look.

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This is exactly what it appears to be: aisle end cap instructions for the upcoming holiday season. Thrilling. But look down to the "Notes" section at the bottom - there's some very intriguing stuff going on.

"Effective 10/30 SKU 949286 (Nexus 7" 8GB) will be clearance." If you're not aware, Staples has been one of the few brick and mortar locations selling the 8GB version of Google's tablet in the US. But sold it they have, and basically since launch (along with OfficeDepot). On October 29th, Google is having an Android event in New York, and it's there that we fully expect the 32GB Nexus 7 to be announced (along with a lot of other interesting things).

What's interesting about this Staples document, then, is the timing - the clearance won't start until the day after Google's announcement. Coincidence? Yeah right. There's also a note indicating that many Staples locations may not have any remaining 8GB Nexus 7s (and they don't - go look yourself), telling them not to "triple tag" - obviously some sort of retail jargon - the SKU if there are none in stock. This would lead one to the logical conclusion that they will not be getting additional stock in the future. The end cap doc also shows the 16GB version as part of the updated retail display, which would point to it being available for the foreseeable future - not discontinued as some have suggested.

And if you head over to the Staples website and do a local availability check for the 8GB version, I'm guessing you'll get the same results I did for every Staples store in a 100 mile radius: "Low stock clearance item." I also tried the Office Depot site, and the most I saw was "1 in stock" at a few locations, which may just be a placeholder number.

The one reasonable alternative explanation here is that Google is simply going to sell the 8GB Nexus 7 through the Play Store only from now on. But we just don't think that's very likely. It seemed absolutely absurd to all of us from day one that Google would ditch the 16GB Nexus 7, and offer only the 8GB and 32GB versions. This has definitely assuaged our fears in that regard.

So, tl;dr - the 8GB Nexus 7 looks to be dead, and the 16GB will now walk in it stead. For how much, we aren't certain ($200 seems likely enough), but definitely less than it costs now.

Thanks, Anon!

David Ruddock
David's phone is an HTC One. He is an avid writer, and enjoys playing devil's advocate in editorials, imparting a legal perspective on tech news, and reviewing the latest phones and gadgets. He also doesn't usually write such boring sentences.

  • aNYthing6

    My hope is that this will translate into something similar for the new Nexus phone. 8/16 GB at launch, 16/32 GB a couple of months later.

    • L boogie

      Wouldn't it be better if they just had the 8/16/32 hell even 64 GB options to begin with, after all, Google is the definitive source of options and independence, imo

      • http://www.facebook.com/DarcyHart Darcy Hart

        Marketing.
        Plus, those that bought the 8/16 maybe now go and buy the 32gb as an upgrade.

  • mgamerz

    The new power control chip: for the new nand chip or something more?

  • Jays2Kings

    I'm a bit sad that I got the 8GB version but I have 1,5GB left (had Horn on it, not anymore I do), and with its performance and cloud services, I'll be ok,

    • donebrasko

      Sell it on eBay before the announcement. That's what I did. Sold it for 175 yesterday and now going to buy the 32gb when it is released. I don't see it selling for as much once the price drops.

  • heat361

    If this happens I would be pissed because I bought the 8gb and I could always use more storage and if they sell the 16gb for the same price and the 32gb for $250 I'm sure previous 16gb owners would be mad too.

    • Jens Knutson

      So what you're saying is that they're not allowed to improve their devices? ;p What exactly do you have to be pissed about?

      • heat361

        They didn't improve their device they are just dropping the price and they are doing it 3 months after launch,anyhow I'm not really pissed
        :)

  • john

    hope the 32gb version doesnt have the screen separation problem as it was reported on youtube for the 16gb version.

  • Asphyx

    I know there was a problem with the Nexus 7 having issues if it got low on available storage space.
    My guess is they decided (or found) that the 16gb version isn't all that much more expensive to make and why deal with the low memory problems that will hurt the brand from the 8GB having those problems.
    The only reason they bothered with an 8GB model at all was to make it a dirt cheap price point.
    And if they can do the 16Gb at the same price what little they lose on the ram upgrade more than makes up for the headaches those low memory issues would have caused them.

    • Anon

      Can you even read? What RAM upgrade? Are you confusing memory with storage?

  • JohnnyHempseed

    I just got my 32GB Nexus 7 at a Staples in South Jersey :))

    • NoobNeutralizer

      Yeah...
      ... and pigs can fly...

      • JohnnyHempseed
        • lexer

          wooow!

          • JohnnyHempseed

            For anyone that cares - it was $249, C90 with early Sept. build date and shipped with 4.1.1

          • http://www.facebook.com/DarcyHart Darcy Hart

            4.1.1? I hope 4.2 is released at the launch.

            How did you get it? Ask for a 32GB or did they give you the wrong one?

          • JohnnyHempseed

            It shipped with 4.1.1 and then it automatically updated to 4.1.2 when booted. I don't think we'll see 4.2 until the LG Nexus is launched and then the Nexus 7 will surely be updated again. I blatantly asked for the 32GB and they gave it to me with out any problems. Of course now, the SKU is flagged and Staples can't sell them until release.

  • TheKockyRooster

    i mean maybe because i stream everything and all my stuff is in the cloud but i don't see the appeal of a 32GB.... thoughts

    • hkklife

      Games. 'Nuff said. I installed a dozen 3D games (Dead Trigger, Dark Knight, Horn, NBA Live, Madden 2012, Asphalt 7, Dead Trigger, Bad Piggies,Shadowgun, ModernCombat 3, NOVA 3, Riptide) and my N7 16Gb is as totally full as it can be without lagging to death. I have a few more titles I would like to add (namely Max Payne, Spiderman, Bards Tale, GTAIII and a few more Rovio and casual titles) but I do not have the space. 32Gb for $250 is the perfect N7 price pont for gaming enthusiasts.

      • TheKockyRooster

        good point

  • Brandenlee

    I would assume the 32 GB ones would be updated hardware too. 2nd revision to accommodate the more memory. Just a thought.

    • hkklife

      IIRC,I seem to recall reading somewhere that it has already been confirmed that the new 32Gb model will have some sort of revised power-related chip set. I'd not be surprised to find some other minor under-the-hood differences, either for better or for worse. I would like to see a few hidden improvements such as a better quality LCD panel, MHL or a bigger capacity battery.

      At the very least, I would like to see the "new"16Gb version use better eMMC modules that don't lag when they approach full capacity.

      • Anon

        AFAIK, the new power chipset is already in the newer 16GB batches and the only reason for it was they couldn't get the old one, no other differences. The lagging affected only some batches, again, some problem with some chips and that was also fully sorted. All-in-all, this is the same thing with more storage.

  • David Sellars

    Did the Staples in store availability check, and sure enough "low stock clearance item" While I'm perfectly comfortable paying $250 for a 16GB Android tablet, I'd be a whole lot happier to lay hands on one for $200...or shell out that same $250 for 32GB.

  • http://www.twitter.com/Genjinaro Genjinaro

    I couldn't see myself the 8GB (I hate saying that, I bet it was about 5.8 - 6GB usable). If they get a 32GB version, I'm in.

    • http://twitter.com/m0h3gansun Nats

      i'm still not in....still need hdmi out, microsd slot, and ability to xfer files connected to usb(there might be a workaround?)

      • http://www.facebook.com/DarcyHart Darcy Hart

        This isn't a powerhouse. It's an app and internet tablet. Go shed some more money if you want the unnecessary trimmings.

        • http://twitter.com/m0h3gansun Nats

          how is hdmi out and microsd a powerhouse? whats so unnecessary? your comment? i think so

  • http://twitter.com/MysteryMannnnn Mystery Man

    Damn Staples sells tablets now? When I worked there they had a bunch of printers and 3 crappy laptop models.

  • Snarf

    How much are they on clearance for

    • topramin11

      I called my store and they said the 8gb is still at 200, im guessing we'll have to wait until tomorrow to see

  • laynlow

    Maybe the 8GB one will be the $99 nexus 7 roomer we've been hearing about.

  • jrv

    FANC SPAIN have the nexus 32 in his web. Viability starts 15th november http://www.fnac.es/Nexus-7-32-GB-Ordenador-portatil-Tablet/a825468?PID=9321

  • bill c

    It would seem logical the 16gb would be reduced to $150.00, and they would start selling the accessories to make up the difference.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100001358425338 Scott Sirrom-Beemer

    I'm piss

    • http://www.facebook.com/LouisCHochman Louis C. Hochman

      You really didn't get screwed. SOMEDAY, they were going to come out with new models and/or drop the price of existing ones. Whether that happened a year after you bought yours or a day doesn't change the value of your purchase, and make it any better or worse of a bargain for you. If you were happy with what you got for the price in July, there's no reason to stop being happy about that, just because some people can get an even better bargain now. And if you weren't, you shouldn't have bought it.

    • pruckelshaus

      Damnit, Dell, thanks for selling me that P133 with 16MB RAM back in 1995, now your computers are cheaper and faster. THANKS FOR SCREWING ME!

  • liono1787

    Just sold my 16gb on Amazon.. gonna snag a 32gb version..

  • topramin11

    with regards to the 8gb tablet, I just called my local Staples store and they said until the price changes online, the 8gb and the 16gb will both be $199

  • Crue

    In regards to Staples 8GB prices. I just purchased 3 8GB Nexus 7 today at 5:00pm CST October 29, 2012 for $169. They were rebuilding the display when I walked in and asked about them. The clerk was a little clueless about what the price was so I started fumbling through his instructions on the display setup and found the barcode which listed the price. My 3 daughters will be happy this Christmas. This beats purchasing the nabi 2 which is the same hardware but no corning glass.

    • Crue

      Oooops correction on my last post. Purchased at Officemax not staples