Following its Wednesday unveiling, the new Nexus 7 is on track for release in just a few days. Having launched at the “Breakfast with Sundar Pichai” media event alongside the Android 4.3 Jelly Bean update, the second-generation Nexus 7 will be available at the Google Play Store as well as at a number of U.S. retailers starting Tuesday, says Google.
The new Nexus 7 is now available for pre-order at the Google Play Store and will begin shipping Tuesday. Among the retailers that will have the new Nexus 7 available that day are Best Buy, GameStop, OfficeMax, Staples, Amazon, RadioShack, Walmart, Office Depot, B&H, J&R and Home Shopping Network.
A number of retailers had the new Nexus 7 up for pre-order and also began shipping the device before it was unveiled. Best Buy had its 16GB and 32GB Nexus 7 pre-order pages up prior to the “breakfast,” with a photo gallery, price and full specs revealed on the page, even outing Android 4.3. Meanwhile, an OfficeMax employee was also able to use the SKU number for the 32GB Nexus 7 to order the device on July 20. Upon receiving his Nexus 7 prior to the unveiling, the employee shared photos of the device and its box in Reddit.
The new Nexus 7 will be available in three models: the 16GB Wi-Fi, 32GB Wi-Fi, and 32GB LTE, selling for $229, $269 and $349 respectively. The Wi-Fi models will be available at the Google Play Store and at the aforementioned retailers, while the LTE model, a single model U.S. exclusive, will be available on the mobile networks AT&T, T-Mobile and Verizon and will release in the coming weeks, according to Google. The Verizon model will notably be LTE only, while the AT&T and T-Mobile models will have 3G and HSPA+ connectivity in addition to LTE. Because it is a single model, the new Nexus 7 LTE will be able to transfer between the three carriers by which it will be powered.
Several other countries will also release the new Nexus 7 in the coming weeks. Currently confirmed are Canada, United Kingdom, Japan, Australia, Spain, South Korea, France and Germany, but most do not have release information available at this time.
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Some information has come from the U.K., though we remain uncertain as to when the new Nexus 7 will release at the U.K. Google Play Store. Currently the U.K. Play Store still has the first-generation Nexus 7 available for purchase. U.K. retailers Currys and PC World have the new Nexus 7 available for pre-order with the tablet set for release on Sept. 13. Prices for the 16GB and 32GB are £199.99 and £239.99 respectively.
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