32GB Nexus 7 could launch as replacement for 16GB model

October 9, 2012
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We've been hearing a lot about a 32GB variant of the incredibly popular Google Nexus 7 tablet, and we have to admit that such talk has us quite excited. Just yesterday, one lucky Japanese customer was sent a 32GB Nexus 7 instead of the 16GB variant he actually ordered, which more or less confirms that Google has this new model hiding up its sleeve. However, the arrival of the 32GB Nexus 7 may mean that the 16GB version is going bye-bye, at least according to a new image sent to Phandroid by an industry insider.

That insider works for a reseller, and that reseller's listing claims that the 32GB Nexus 7 is replacing the 16GB model. Pair this image with the fact that yesterday's customer received a 32GB model instead of the 16GB tablet he ordered, and we've got a story on our hands. Of course, it's important to remember that Google has yet to even confirm the 32GB Nexus 7, so jumping to conclusions like this can be dangerous.

Still, it does make some bit of sense. We don't know what price Google will launch the 32GB model at, but we can guess that it will want to keep it on the inexpensive side. If Google phases out the 16GB model with the release of the 32GB one, it could be that the company will offer the new 32GB version for the same price as the 16GB model. If it does, that could push a bunch consumers toward picking up the more expensive 32GB model - after all, the difference between 8GB and 16GB isn't all that big, whereas the difference between 8GB and 32GB is a little more substantial.

In any case, we won't know for sure until Google confirms that the 32GB Nexus 7 acually exists. Naturally, it's a good idea to stay on the skeptical side of things until that happens, but it doesn't seem too crazy to think that the 16GB Nexus 7 model could soon be going to way of the dinosaurs. We'll be keeping our eyes open for more details, so keep it tuned here to Android Community for additional information.

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  • http://www.facebook.com/vinayjaisingh Vinay V Jaisingh

    Hey.. a google search of nexus7 asus-1b32 turns up a link to a forum post on xda: http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?p=32588508 by GSLEON3, in which he claims to have received a 32 GB Nexus 7 when he ordered a 16GB “As for the model number, I didn’t even think of that, it is NEXUS7 ASUS-1B32, although the packing slip shows NEXUS7 ASUS-1B16 . Maybe it is my imagination, or the Asus OEM dimpled book style case, but initially I would have sworn it seems a bit thinner”.. So yeah, considered we had a Japanese customer receiving a 32 GB N7, and now we have another instance, it does seem safe to assume that Google’s gonna launch a 32GB model. Also, most of the sites that turn up in the Google search, have taken off their 32 GB model postings.. what’s that about?