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The recently refreshed ASUS Nexus 7 is now available directly from Google's Play Store in Europe in France, Germany, Japan, Spain, and UK as well as in Asia in Japan. Both 16GB and 32GB Wi-Fi-only variants are being offered - we're still counting down days till the launch of the LTE version.

The 5 new countries join the 2 existing ones (U.S. and Canada) for a grand total of 7. Compared to the 2012 Nexus 7, we're still missing Australia, South Korea, and India, so it's possible we're going to see the list expand soon.

As for the rest of the world, Google and ASUS will likely opt in for the partner store distribution model, skipping the Play Store altogether. That may not be such a bad thing, however, as the Play Store doesn't have the best reputation for shipping costs, delivery speeds, discount availability, and customer experience in general. In fact, if you can find the same device in a nearby shop or at another etailer for a similar price, I'd recommend going with those instead.

The 2013 Nexus 7 has a beautiful 1920x1200 7" display, 2GB of RAM, a 1.5GHz Snapdragon S4 Pro CPU with Adreno 320 GPU, a/b/g/n dual-band Wi-Fi, BT 4.0, NFC, Qi wireless charging, dual cameras (1.2/5MP), dual speakers, SlimpPort, and a 3950mAh battery. It weighs 290g and ships with the latest version of Android 4.3.

The price breakdown for today's release is as follows:

  • France: €229/269
  • Germany: €229/269
  • Japan: ¥27,800/33,800
  • Spain: €229/269
  • UK: £199/239

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Germany

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Spain, Japan

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France, UK

So, who's picking one up?

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  • Emanuele Ricci

    When will it come to Italy? :(

  • Thomas’

    LTE version can already be bought in Germany:
    http://www.mediamarkt.de/?langId=-3 (on the landing page, lovely)

    349,-€, "auf Lager" (in stock)

    • digitaldownfall

      I have one from MediaMarkt in Hannover. It is lovely. :) Setup an AMA for anyone curious: http://www.reddit.com/r/Android/comments/1l90qx/i_just_got_my_2013_nexus_7_with_lte_fulfilling_an/

    • Kevin

      thought it hadn't been released yet? Yet this says in stock.... i'd much prefer a data enabled version.

      • Thomas’

        Looks like Media Markt didn't get the memo ;-)

        • Kevin

          haha, seems like everyone else did - I tried last weekend - you normally find one shop that would sell early but this time there was no chance all saying they'd lose there job if they sold early.

  • Herman

    I guess I'll have to get it from Germany then. That's the closest to me.

    I still don't understand why Google doesn't ship this internationally. It's starting to bug me now.

    • Casin

      I'd bet if Google distributed this as widely as Samsung does for its tablets, the Nexus would actually outsell Samsung tablets. Nexus has been number 3 even with shipping in few countries.

      • Herman

        Don't forget Google's lack of advertising. The only way I've heard about Nexus devices is via the internet.

        Or possibly I live in the 'wrong country' again where Google doesn't intend to sell Nexi anyway.

        • wiz_kid

          What country do you live in? Belgium?

  • cwagner

    Bought it before it was here or on any other news sites. As I was really waiting for this I was checking the Nexus page every day after waking up. And today it was suddenly available :D

  • Toblerone

    So... the rest of Europe - what are the rumors saying about release date? :-)

  • Ray

    Still no Australia. So glad I imported one from the US on day of release. Hate waiting for this country to get this stuff.

    • blitzspear

      I reserved mine on pcworld.co.uk at 3am today and had it available to collect from 9am today. Many people are claiming to have it but then delivery is 1-7 days depending on where it is. Even googleplay say it can take 2 days to 'arrange the shipment' and 3-5 working days to deliver it.

      I've got mine and it's FAB...... go to PCWORLD !!!

  • Ray

    The Verge and Mashable are reporting availability in Australia as well but I'm certainly not seeing it.

  • Promethean

    I wish they would launch the Chromecast as well!

  • Kevin

    UK is the most expensive.... typical!

    • Stylus_XL

      Yep, the UK version costs around 35% more than the US version. I find it laughable when people try to justify that price difference by blaming it on shipping charges and higher sales tax. That doesn't even begin to account for the disparity.

      We pay this much for consumer electronics here because as much as we grumble about it our desire for these goods outweighs our annoyance at the cost - that's it.

      • Kevin

        its also more expensive than in any europe country - I wouldn't mind but its not like we get things first. But you are right, lets be honest we are all going to pay and still say hey this is cheap.... but only in comparison to other over priced items in this country.

  • kidd

    Where is Australia?!?!

    • sofo

      Close to New Zealand

  • Mandeep Singh

    Wish they soon bring this to india and the please the nexus 4 and nexus 10 as well

  • BlauweVogel

    So when does it come to the Netherlands and Belgium?

  • bat0nas

    Tell me.. how people are using tablets without SD card as a movie players?

    Nexus 7 has a fullhd screen. Fullhd movies usually are 6-8GB of size. So that results in 1-2 movies in a 32GB version (because other space will be occupied with apps and games).

    So.. why do ween need such a hi res and so small storage space and no SD card?

    • Kevin

      google want everything to be cloud based, they want you to rent hd films and watch them that way (through chromecast if you have it).

      I don't believe they want you to store huge HD films on internal storage, i'm guessing even the films you buy as HD from google play aren't around the 8gb mark.

  • Anthony T

    You forgot about the Free Shipping

  • selonmoi

    "In fact, if you can find the same device in a nearby shop or at another
    etailer for a similar price, I'd recommend going with those instead."

    Disagree. In-warranty service from Google on a Play Store purchase is a dream. They send you a new device before you even have to send back the old one. ASUS's process is awful. You have to answer the same questions three times, and then you're without your device for weeks.

    • Thomas’

      ACK.

      ASUS's support on a Nexus 7 warranty case was quite fast - but the process is terrible. The Play Store service seems to be quite good, i've read many statements from satisfied customers.

  • ben

    Just received mine via play store. Nifty little thing. Nexus 10, you finally get some well deserved vacation.