If you head over to the Play Store right now, you'll see that the 8GB edition of the Nexus 7 is currently out of stock ("Coming Soon"). While this isn't really news in and of itself, it's been that way the past 12 hours or so, and we already have a strong suspicion that the 8GB N7 won't be with us much longer.


We also know that the 32GB Nexus 7 is coming - probably next week in New York - and that the 16GB version may be poised for a price drop. From day one, many have complained that the 8GB version of the N7 simply lacked sufficient storage (5.6GB usable), and dropping it entirely sort of makes sense at this point, particularly with both the iPad Mini and Kindle Fire HD starting at 16GB.

Of course, it could just come back tomorrow, and we could be wrong, but hey, the timing is right, and our gut instinct here tells us otherwise.

David Ruddock
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  • lbrfabio

    Or they really are out of stock and they'll put the 8gb a 149$

    But that's just speculation...

    • http://www.dsaif.tk/ Saif

      Maybe.. that will kill iPad Mini!!!!!!!!

      • Bleakvision

        That will also kill Asus.

        • http://www.twitter.com/iwinrar iWinRar

          Not really. At that point 8GB would be sold at cost. Plus if they do not sell the rest of the stock they will be shipped to places like daily steals which net them even less per device. Might as well just finish selling out the 8GB at cost and gain more market share.

          • Bleakvision

            What good is market share going to do Asus? They don't own the platform and have no Content ecosystem.

          • Knowles2

            Supply chain side of things. Asus selling lots of products means they can negotiate better deals with their suppliers and with achieve higher profit margins or lower the price of their products so that they are more competitive.

  • shakerya

    New Generation Nexus 7 Mini coming up

    • KB26

      but then it would lose it's 7 part.. D:

    • Jonathan Wong

      A Nexus 7 Mini would be a Nexus 4, a phone. Oh wait....

  • Dan

    Now the question becomes: 16 or 32 GB....hmm

  • http://twitter.com/SParKlngCyaNide SparklingCyanide

    REALLY looking forward to a 32GB cellular version of the Nexus 7 - )

    • Jonathan Wong

      Oh that would just be awesome. I would love a GSM version.

  • jonathan3579

    It was there a few hours ago for me. So that's weird...

  • http://www.facebook.com/brent.hipps Brent Hipps

    I dont mind at all the 8gb storage. I only use half that, and the other 4gb is plenty to load up with a movie or a few hours of TV for a plane ride. If i need more, I can always just use ES file explorer to utilize the storage on my Nexus phone via bluetooth or plug in an OTG hard drive.

  • Bleakvision

    When will Asus wake up to the fact that they are making almost no money on the Nexus 7, whilst losing potential buyers for their high end Transformer Infinity Pad.

    When having to choose between a Google supported Nexus 7 at 200$ and a powerful but expensive TPad Infinty, many will go for the Nexus.

    How is this going to play out in the future? Will OEMs go begging to Google, so they can make the next Nexus, while all the other tablets tank in the marketplace?
    This strategy makes no sense to me.
    The only winner here is Google, but that also remains to be seen. Google Play content is still limited to very few locations. I can get a Nexus 7, but I can't get content. Again, what is the strategy here?

    • http://twitter.com/PCSievers P.C. Sievers

      ASUS will be contracted with a built in profit. Google is eating the loss, not them. Also keep in mind ASUS wanted to sell a very similar tablet to the N7 for $250 so they already expected to cannibalise the transformer line with a cheaper 7" tablet with a low profit margin per unit.

      The Transformer has a really low marketshare. Really really low. It is likely they make more money from the N7 even if the profit margin per unit is much lower and as a bonus they get to advertise themselves as a brand customers can rely on and buy from in the future.

      • Bleakvision

        I wish Asus the best, they are the best Android Tablet OEM in my book. But I'm afraid the the trend to very low, unhealthy margins can never be reversed. People here are already starting to talk about 150$ tablets...
        This could easily turn into a Windows Laptop kind of situation, where not even the biggest manufacturer is doing well.

        • http://twitter.com/PCSievers P.C. Sievers

          I have no idea what you are trying to argue here.

          Consumers never lose when there is a high level of competition. We get great stuff and we get it cheaper. That is awesome.

        • anamika

          Yes. Lets have no competition!

      • dub919


        Without knowing any details of how Google and ASUS contracted to make the Nexus...I would be willing to bet that ASUS makes more money from Nexus 7 production than they do Transformers. You don't enter that kind of contract without profit guarantees...

  • Benjamin Sicard

    A price-dropped 16GB Nexus 7 sounds positively delicious to me.

  • Tim Reagal

    I think Google was dumb for not adding an external sd-card slot to the Nexus 7. I would have definitely pulled the trigger on the purchase if it had one.