Nexus 7 poised to take on the iPad Mini

October 19, 2012
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It's no secret that the folks from Apple are likely set to announce their new iPad Mini next week, then release it in the following days. The battle is really going to heat up in the tablet wars once this happens, but Google doesn't need to worry. With the info leaked all week on the Nexus 7's imminent future, even with a 3G capable iPad Mini on Apple's side, Google will have all their bases covered for this holiday season.

For starters, Google will be hosting an Android event where they'll open the playground on October 29th. It's at this event we expect a slew of announcements. Most likely the LG Nexus 4 will make a big appearance, but sources are now stating Google will be dropping plenty of news about their tablet lineup. Yes, we said lineup.

The 16GB Nexus 7 will replace the 8GB model, and the often-rumored (and now confirmed) 32GB Nexus 7 will hit the street. We're hearing the 32GB Nexus 7 will be available for purchase right from Google on October 29th. It also appears to be on shelves now at some retailers like Staples here in the US -- but they shouldn't be out yet.

Here's where things get interesting. The pricing and lineup is going to change, and it is for the better. According to a few sources, rumors, as well as tips we have received (as well as others) Google will also be releasing a GSM/WCDMA 3G and HSPA+ capable tablet. Now add that into the mix of an iPad Mini 3G -- we now have all the bases covered for a full rivalry. For full details on the iPad Mini and all its rumors head to our sister site SlashGear.

Given recent reports, rumors, and even sightings at retailers here's what we expect from Google come October 29th regarding tablets. The 8GB Nexus 7 will be discontinued and the lineup will look like this for the holiday season: Nexus 7 16GB at $199, 32GB for $249, and Nexus 7 32GB HSPA+ for $349. That last one being the best deal of course, and available right from the Google Play Store. We could even see Google offer the 32GB HSPA+ model for $299 -- but that's a bit of a stretch.

Let's not forget that Nexus 10 could make a surprise cameo. Let us know what you think of the new rumored Nexus 7 lineup in the comments below.


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  • Zaid

    I want a white Nexus 7 to come out. I’m definitely picking up one then.

  • dynadom

    Am buying nexus 10

  • ppiimpex

    I will definitely get a 3G version.

  • BTech

    I hope the Google will let people trade in the 16Gb for the 32Gb

  • Tommy Thompson

    I have the I/O Nexus 7, but I am eagerly awaiting the Nexus 10. I hope the Oct. 29th rumor is true on that.

  • Mark Curtis

    Too early to tell since neither the other Nexus 7 models nor the iPad mini have been officially announced yet.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1120074466 David LaCivita

    I’d like to see a revamped Nexus Q.

  • Jared Quackenbush

    Dang it, i want to return my 8gb for a 16 then!

  • Observant Freeman

    Pretty obvious that the iPad would outsell the 7…it isn’t going to be interesting at all…

  • Chopper Joe

    I love my Nexus 7 and I have a working 3G connection via tethering: Foxfi on my phone and PDANet(Tablet) on Nexus. Very simple to set up and no detectable loss of speed. Worth considering if you need to save the bucks.

  • http://twitter.com/fresia__ fresia

    Damn waiting for Nexus 10, can’t stand Apple, and other android 10 tablets are not as fast as wonderful Nexus 7

  • Noel

    The 32GB N7 with HSPA+ for $299 is just perfect. Google want to bring this Tablet to the masses at an affordable price and $299 will undercut the highly priced iPad mini with 3G. Also hoping for internal storage options of 16/32/64GB for the LG Nexus 4.

  • Richard

    If the new devices and Android 4.1.2 don’t support flash player, then they are worthless.
    Nothing more frustrating than an error message that you need flash player to view a news story. VERY DISAPPOINTED .

    • richard

      I forget to mention that I am a Nexus 7 owner