Google is experiencing shortages from multiple retailers on the distribution of its most awaited Nexus 7 tablet.
It had been noted in late June that Google would be releasing its Nexus 7 tablet, which was made in collaboration with Asus and features a 7-inch display screen, an Nvidia Tegra 3 quad-core processor, and the latest Android 4.1 Jelly Bean OS. It also includes a 1.2-megapixel front-facing camera, 1 GB of RAM, a micro-USB port, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and NFC (near-field communication).
In terms of display, the device can illustrate images at a 1280×800-pixel resolution. It also weighs approximately 340 grams, with a battery life of up to nine hours on video playback and 300 hours when on standby. During that time, some retailers were already accepting initial orders on their websites.
Several retailers have been freezing their delivery and are thinking of alternative ways to keep orders on the new tablet, as supply seems to meet the demand failingly. Staples and Adorama explained that the tablet has sold out and that they were waiting for inventory replenishment.
New York-based Adorama twitted as a response to a query on Friday afternoon that the device has sold out after shipping all the stocks from orders received. The retail store also posted on the website that replenishments have been arranged, and the initial shipping date will be around “mid-August.”
Staples, on the other hand, announced on its website that supply have also depleted and requested users to verify the availability of replenishments from July 14 to July 18. The retail store has earlier notified its prospective customers that delivery of orders arranged on July 11 will be accomplished between July 12 and 17, promising a delivery lead time between one to three days.
Meanwhile, GameStop has removed the device’s order page from its website, which has formerly shipped a number of Nexus 7 stocks in stores to cater purchasers who chose to hand pick the tablet in-store. One of its shops in New York had one remaining tablet to be picked up, and a representative was in doubt to confirm when would be the schedule for the next surge of replenishments, fathoming it may take a few weeks.
A GameStop spokeswoman said in an email that she had no definite explanation to the removal of the Nexus 7 order webpage, though she added that replenishment of orders is due to be fulfilled by August 7.
While retail stores are mainly distributing only the pricier tablet, Google is accepting orders directly from its Google Play store providing an option between its $199 model with 8GB of storage and a $249 model with 16GB of storage, and promising delivery lead time from one to two weeks.
Office Depot is another retail store, listing the 16 GB Nexus 7 on pre-order and in stock at the same time, with a delivery lead time of also one to two weeks.
The B&H Photo and Video is an online retail store, which has listed the 16 GB Nexus 7 to its website in limited units and expected to start shipment on August 15. Earlier this week it rescheduled shipments to September 1.
Best Buy Canada and Futureshop Canada are also accepting orders of the 16 GB Nexus 7 at the price of C$259 (US$254) on their websites, anticipating the product’s arrival to their warehouses by August 10.
It seemed that the tablet’s high quality features and low-cost strategy have enticed prospective buyers who want to try out on Android, which also serve as one of the reasons for the widespread shortages. When asked on how many Nexus 7 tablets have been sold or distributed, Google was unavailable to respond to the request.