Rumors of a 32GB Google Nexus 7 have taken one step closer to being verified today, as reports circulate of the elusive device turning up on sale at Office Depot for a price of $250. Google was expected by most to be lining up the official 32GB Nexus 7 release date announcement for its major Android even in New York today, which has of course been postponed due to severe weather.
The latest reports of the souped-up Nexus 7 also correlate with unrelated sources in the UK, who have told of current 16GB Nexus 7 stocks being discounted ahead of the release date of its bigger brother.
Over the course of the weekend, the Office Depot online store listed both the 8GB and 16GB version of the Nexus 7 as unavailable. It also came to light that the $250 16GB version was indeed appearing on some sites for $200, thought the price-cut is not official as of yet.
What all of the above seems to add up to is perhaps Google’s intention to go ahead with its intended product launches anyway, despite the Android even having been cancelled. While this will of course represent nothing close to the dramatic fanfare the search giant would have liked to accompany the arrivals with, it is nonetheless crucially important to get the devices on the shelves ahead of the Christmas buying frenzy.
Even if the intention was to reschedule the launch event, it is difficult to know how soon the arrangements could be made in light of the unpredictable weather.
In addition to the 32GB version of the Nexus 7, Google is reportedly also lining up a stripped-back $99 version of the tablet, which will be joined on its release date by the Google Nexus 10 and the LG Nexus 4 Smartphone.