Reduced Nexus 7 retail prices further support a new tablet this month
For quite a while we’ve been hearing about a new Nexus 7, and we now have supposedly real specifications from ASUS as well as a supposed release before the end of July. In addition to this and previous rumors, Staples has now made a simple change that strongly supports the rumor of a new Nexus 7 in the near future.
As of today, Staples is selling the 32GB Nexus 7 for $199, and the 16GB Nexus 7 for $179. These are already decent prices for a new Nexus 7, though most buyers should at least wait to see what Google announces as the Nexus 7’s replacement before buying the original tablet.
Although the discount lasts only until the 13th of this month, it looks like Staples is actually clearing out inventory of the old Nexus 7 in preparation for a new tablet, listing the current generation price as a “Special Buy.” As part of a wider discount this wouldn’t be much more than a cheaper price for the Nexus, but because only the Nexus 7 has been discounted, it suggests a motive having to do with the product line. In addition, retail outlets don’t usually reduce retail prices like this unless they are attempting to clear out inventory.
I wouldn’t suggest buying a Nexus 7 even at this price, simply due to the fact that the price likely means a new tablet is coming soon. Not only is the next Nexus 7 shaping up to be an impressive device, prices on the original will almost certainly go down with the release of a new model. At least as far as the Nexus 7 goes, July can’t end soon enough.[Staples via Android Police]