Google caught off guard by demand for 16GB Nexus

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By Staff /  23 Jul 2012 , 14:06

It seems that Google has made a slight miscalculation in trying to gauge consumer demand for its Nexus tab, with orders for the pricier 16GB version outstripping demand for the 8GB version!

The 7-inch Nexus, touted as a rival to the Kindle fire, has practically flown off the shelves since it went on sale, with major US retailers confirming two weeks ago, that they had already run out of devices. Consumers have been able to pre-order the tablet from Google and several retailers in past weeks, and Google said it began shipping devices to consumers earlier this month.

Demand for the 16GB version has come as a surprise to Google: Reuters

However as orders have come in, Google has found itself ill equipped to deal with the massive demand for the $199 16GB version of the tab, reports The Guardian.

According to the report,

The Guardian understands that Google’s planners had thought that buyers on the Google Play store, more than from physical or online retailers, would be more committed to the company’s “cloud” concept, and so would have more of their content stored online, rather than wanting to keep it on the device. But most buyers appear to have noted that the storage on the device cannot be upgraded and decided to get the larger model.”

The Nexus 7 is has a 7-inch screen, IPS (in-plane switching), with a resolution of 1,280800 pixels. The tablet is also the first 7-incher to house a 1.3GHz Nvidia Tegra 3 quad-core CPU, which includes a 12-core GPU. It also has a Micro-USB port, 1GB of RAM, a 1.2-megapixel front camera (no back camera included).

The device has drawn accolades from reviewers like the Wall Street Journal’s Walt Mossberg. Pundits reckon the $199 Nexus 7 may seriously threaten the same-priced Kindle Fire, especially since Google’s offering has a camera and a higher-resolution screen.

But every silver lining has a cloud.

The tab is already in trouble for patent infringement. According to Nokia, the Nexus 7 uses Wi-Fi technology which is covered by Nokia patents.

In a statement to the Inquirer, a Nokia spokesperson, said,

“Nokia has more than 40 licensees, mainly for its standards essential patent portfolio, including most of the mobile device manufacturers. Neither Google nor Asus is licensed under our patent portfolio.”

It seems that neither Asus or Google have commented on Nokia’s claims.


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