Google may bump up Nexus 7 storage in time for iPad Mini debut

Apple has been sending out invites to an October 23 event, so it’s probably safe to say the iPad Mini—or whatever Apple ends up calling it—is only days away. Coincidentally, The Verge says recent evidence suggests Google and Asus are readying a new version of the Nexus 7 tablet with twice the storage capacity of the current flagship.

Early listings for a Nexus 7 with 32GB of storage have cropped up in the U.S. and UK, and the device is apparently supposed to cost as much as the 16GB Nexus 7 does today—that is, $249 in the states and £199 in Britain. The Verge also links to a story by The Next Web, whose author says he was told by UK retailer Argos "not to expect [the 32GB Nexus 7] in the next two weeks."

It seems likely, then, that we’re going to see some new blood in the Nexus 7 lineup either in time for the iPad Mini’s arrival or shortly thereafter. Now, the reports don’t say what’s going to happen to the 16GB and 8GB models. If I were a betting man, though, I’d put money on the current 16GB model being bumped down and replacing the 8GB Nexus 7 at $199. It’s possible that the 8GB Nexus 7 will stick around at an even lower price point—heck, there’s been talk of a $99 Nexus 7 successor going around—but I doubt it, considering the estimated bill of materials for the device.

For now, you can pass the time until the new iPad and 32GB Nexus 7 become available by reading our Nexus 7 review.

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    • PrincipalSkinner
    • 7 years ago

    If only they would release an affordable 10 inch version.

      • bthylafh
      • 7 years ago

      Your mom wants an affordable ten-incher.

    • HisDivineOrder
    • 7 years ago

    Google Android: “Think you this crude matter? You must unlearn what you have learned. Less than $400, you must be to destroy Apple.”
    Microsoft Surface: “I can’t! I can’t do it! You ask for the impossible.”

    Android arrives at $199 with rumors of $99 and $149 coming soon.

    MS Surface: “I can’t believe it. I can’t believe it!”
    Android: “That… is why you fail.”

    • ezrasam
    • 7 years ago

    8 GB for $179
    16 GB for $219
    32GB for $249

    sounds logical to me

      • ludi
      • 7 years ago

      Only if Google is willing to take a break-even or slight loss on the 8GB device, which assumes it will generate enough interest in the brand to push additional sales of the higher-priced models and/or drive app sales.

    • Jingles
    • 7 years ago

    The irony is that Apple would never have bothered if Google and ASUS had never brought out the Nexus 7.

    I have been so tempted by the nexus 7, if the price drops on the 16 GB version I might pull the trigger and get one.

    • Welch
    • 7 years ago

    Glad to see that they are going to add a 32gb, was really missing from the line up. However, id like to see even a 16gb with an expansion slot. It would be cheaper to get an expansion slot added (if they did it prior to the design) rather than now. But since they aren’t likely to do more than merely solder on a larger memory module, 32gb it is. If its the same $199, i’ll bite.

    • link626
    • 7 years ago

    I will buy nexus 8gb below $150

    do it, google.

    hell, google is rich enough. just give me one for free

    • brucethemoose
    • 7 years ago

    [quote<] Apple has been sending out invites to an October 23 event, so it's probably safe to say the iPad Mini—or whatever Apple ends up calling it—is only days away. [/quote<] Smart. Apple's timed their launch so that it won't really cannibalize/compete with their own the iPhone 5, but will likely steal thousands of potential customers who, unaware of either launch date, will probably spend their money on the new iPad before they even see the MS Surface on shelves 3 days later. Knowing Apple releases, it'll steal the coverage Windows 8 tablets would get too. If I was high up in Microsoft, I would get off my *** and get Surface tablets on shelves before the 22nd. Even though I've seen dozens of IE and Bing commercials, 90% of the people I know don't know anything about Windows 8 and Windows tablets, and they won't care to find out if they already have an iPad mini.

    • pedro
    • 7 years ago

    Just imagine if we had epic price wars like this in the CPU space…

      • derFunkenstein
      • 7 years ago

      We did in the early part of the last decade. It was pretty glorious. We’re merely “very fortunate” that prices havne’t jumped.

    • firewarrior565
    • 7 years ago

    I’ve found my 16GB model to be more then enough storage for me. Even with all of my apps I have 8GB’s free!

      • MadManOriginal
      • 7 years ago

      It pretty much depends on whether you want to have media on it or not – video takes up lots of space, music not so much but I’m sure many people have >8GB of music. There’s always the USB OTG/host hacks but they aren’t as elegant.

      • not@home
      • 7 years ago

      16GB would not be enough for me if there is no add on SD card slot. I have more than three times that much in music alone let alone videos for me and videos for kids. Then there are games and documents and epubs and pdfs and ebooks and well you get the point.

        • grantmeaname
        • 7 years ago

        You could stream the music from a cloud-based service and only keep a couple hours’ worth on the device at a time. Likewise for the video. It’s not ideal, but it’s let me use less than half of the (piddly) capacity of my 8GB Nexus 7.

          • bthylafh
          • 7 years ago

          Or stream from a home server. I’ve got dynamic DNS set up and Subsonic installed, which can stream music and movies. Computers need Flash installed to access it, and there are several mobile clients available.

            • grantmeaname
            • 7 years ago

            Interesting, I’ll have to look into that.

      • aceuk
      • 7 years ago

      16GB isn’t enough if you play games (May Payne etc.) and use Sat Nav apps like CoPilot and TomTom.

        • derFunkenstein
        • 7 years ago

        And that has nothing to do with how HE uses HIS.

        I find 8GB to be a little tight but enough. 16GB for me would let me have a little more installed/copied, but still adequate. So it’s not enough for you, there will soon (apparently) be a bigger option.

      • Keylord
      • 7 years ago

      After rooting and downloading games on the nexus 7 I’m using, I only have 2 GB left, and it is 16GB. Downloading ubuntu and windows on it contributed too.

    • Parallax
    • 7 years ago

    [quote<]For now, you can pass the time until the new iPad and 32GB Nexus 7 become available...[/quote<] So would that be the new new iPad? The newer iPad?

      • khands
      • 7 years ago

      It would be the newer iPad, followed by the newest iPad, to be followed by the newerest iPad.

      • pedro
      • 7 years ago

      I think it’s the new iPad Air.

      • dpaus
      • 7 years ago

      What does the current New iPad become? The “Not-Quite-As-New-as-the-New-New-iPad-iPad”??

      • MadManOriginal
      • 7 years ago

      iPad Light – because post-Jobs, Apple execs do have a sense of humor.

        • Beelzebubba9
        • 7 years ago

        Only 60 calories?!

      • cheerful hamster
      • 7 years ago

      It will be called the iPad Light Days, and later they’ll make a huge one called the iPad Maxi.

    • Norphy
    • 7 years ago

    I wonder a little if this is being brought on more by the Kindle Fire HD more than the alleged iPad Mini. Here at least, the 16GB and 32GB models of the Fire cost exactly the same as the 8GB and 16GB models of the Nexus. Considering that these devices could be considered more comparable than a Nexus and an iPad, people are probably going to look more at these and say “Why would I get a 16GB Google device when I can get a 32GB Amazon device for the same money?”.

      • DancinJack
      • 7 years ago

      I don’t know. You can get nearly all, if not all, the same content on a Google tablet you can on the Kindle. I’d pay for the lower capacity stock Android tablet over a Kindle Fire any day of the week.

        • pedro
        • 7 years ago

        True, but you’re an informed geek.

          • DancinJack
          • 7 years ago

          Yeah I was going to include something like that in my comment. Honestly though, it infuriates me when people don’t do research before buying a product.

            • sweatshopking
            • 7 years ago

            That’s a rather broad statement.

            • jdaven
            • 7 years ago

            Does this mean you research every product you buy including food, clothing, small nick-nacks around the home, etc? Does your research only include evaluations of function and worth to you or do you consider other factors like the way in which the product was produced, how the manufacturer treats its laborers or the environmental impact?

            It’s easy to make statements like the one in you comment but the reality is, we don’t have the time in our daily lives to check everything and make sure everything we do doesn’t hurt anyone else. Sad reality but true.

            • DancinJack
            • 7 years ago

            It’s not about researching every single thing about it. It’s about researching what is important to you because you’re right, we don’t have the time to consider every single thing.

            • MadManOriginal
            • 7 years ago

            True. The easiest way is to just by Apple’s every ‘new shiny,’ right? 🙂

            • BobbinThreadbare
            • 7 years ago

            If you really did your research you would know you could just root the Fire and install a custom firmware and rock with a lower priced tablet.

            • derFunkenstein
            • 7 years ago

            The old Fire that is true, but the updated low-end $159 KFire (not to mention all Kindle Fire HD models) has a new lock on the boot loader and so far nobody at XDA has figured out how to unlock it. The only way you’re installing a custom ROM is if you get new “old” stock 2011 Kindle Fires.

            Not to mention how much nicer the Nexus 7 is than the Kindle Fire with its hardware volume buttons, more RAM, faster CPU, lower weight, Bluetooh, GPS, and front-facing camera (and higher-resolution screen if you’re comparing the base model).

    • bthylafh
    • 7 years ago

    *grumble* I knew I should have waited before pulling the trigger on a 16GB unit.

      • willmore
      • 7 years ago

      It was the right decision at the time, there’s no need to regret that.

        • bthylafh
        • 7 years ago

        I know, but I just pulled the trigger two days ago.

      • Game_boy
      • 7 years ago

      I could have bought an iphone 4 but waited a month for 5 to come out, expecting the 4s to drop in price.

      After waiting that time, not only did the 4S not drop (UK), but the good deal with unlimited internet on the 4 ended and I got a worse deal than if I just bought.

      Don’t ever feel bad about buying the best at the time.

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