Google has officially declared that its 16GB Nexus 7 tablets are already out of stock.
In a dialogue addressed by sources to The Guardian’s Charles Arthur, the reason behind the shortage is that the company “totally miscalculated” the demand for the cheaper tablet.
Charles Arthur explained, “The Guardian understands that Google’s planners had thought that buyers on the Google Play store, more than from physical or online retailers, would be more committed to the company’s ‘cloud’ concept, and so would have more of their content stored online, rather than wanting to keep it on the device.”
He also added that due to the fact that the storage capacity of the lesser model, which was developed to compete with Amazon’s Kindle Fire, could not be upgraded and optimized, users are rather shifting their buying patterns to the higher model.
“But most buyers appear to have noted that the storage on the device cannot be upgraded and decided to get the larger model,” he stated.
Google has announced that additional units of the 16GB device will be arriving soon and that prospective customers will be notified on its release. The spotlight has now directed to the 16GB model, enticing tablet enthusiasts to key-in their email addresses for online purchases. The 8GB Nexus 7 tablet is still open for procurement on the Google Play store, with a shipment period of three to five days.
The shortages in Nexus 7 tablets are not only experienced in Google’s own online store, but as well as in several retail stores or even brick-and-mortar establishments, such as GameStop, Sam’s Club, and Staples.
Every tablet enthusiast must know that the in-demand tablet costs $199 for the 8GB version, a threat to Amazon’s $199 Kindle Fire, and $249 for the 16GB version.
The leading handset company is due to report its sales figures for the Nexus 7 in time and is undoubtedly dominating the 7-inch tablet market at present. It also seems like tablet enthusiasts will continue to take more of Google’s 7-inch tablet. If Apple will decide to join in with its currently buzzed in-the-process “iPad Mini”, this will leave room for more excitement in the market.
Meanwhile, with the ongoing curiosity regarding the affordability of the device, IHS iSuppli lately performed a breakdown on the production cost of the Nexus 7, saying that the estimated cost incurred by the company in the creation of the device ranges from $152 to $167, making the firm enjoy just about enough to break even on its 8GB model and having a minimal profit on its 16GB model, by mainly charging an additional $50 for $7.50 worth of memory.
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