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Google's Nexus 7 Gets UK Price and Release

By - Source: Tom's Hardware US | B 15 comments

The UK will get the Nexus 7 at the same time as the U.S., but will pay more for the device.

At Google I/O, Google confirmed its rumored partnership with Asus and introduced the world to the Asus Nexus 7. The company is hoping to compete directly with Amazon's 7-inch Kindle Fire, which currently retails for $199 in the United States, so it made sense when Google announced a $199 price tag of its own for the 8GB Asus Nexus 7. But what about the UK? As we all know, the Kindle Fire still isn't available in Britain. So how much is Google going to charge on that side of the pond?

As is almost always the case, folks in the United Kingdom are going to be paying a bit more than their American cousins. Though the Nexus 7's U.S. price translates to roughly £128, the 8GB model will sell for £159 in the UK. Oddly enough, this is almost equal to the $249 U.S. consumers will be paying for the 16GB model. The 16GB model will set UK shoppers back £199, or just under $310. If these prices don't scare you away, you can pick one up in mid-July.

As far as hardware is concerned, previously rumored specs were bang on the mark for the Nexus 7. The device boasts a 7-inch, 1280 x 800 HD display, and is packing Nvidia's quad-core Tegra 3 processor under the hood alongside a 12-core GPU and 1GB RAM. The tablet also has 802.11a/b/g/n Wi-Fi (there's not 3G or 4G connectivity here), as well as NFC, GPS, a gyroscope, an accelerometer, a mic, and a 1.2-megapixel camera on the front of the tablet. Google is claiming eight hours of HD video playback, 10 hours of web browsing or 10 hours of e-reading on a single charge.

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    amlman , June 28, 2012 7:47 AM
    an OLPC display would suit an eReader better than a simple HD lcd.
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    halcyon , June 28, 2012 8:30 AM
    Nice. ICS I infer.
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    sakanagai , June 28, 2012 9:52 AM
    halcyonNice. ICS I infer.

    Jelly Bean, actually.
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    void , June 28, 2012 9:55 AM
    I would consider a 7" tablet if it can also be used as phone
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    Anonymous , June 28, 2012 10:03 AM
    Does it have a (mini)SDHC slot?
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    sharpless78 , June 28, 2012 10:08 AM
    Everything is more expensive in the EU, one common reason is that VAT (or whatever) is already included in the price.
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    Pyree , June 28, 2012 10:20 AM
    Does it have a (mini)SDHC slot?

    It says internal storage, so I guess no.
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    ET3D , June 28, 2012 11:02 AM
    The price without VAT is pretty much in line with the US price.
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    halcyon , June 28, 2012 3:45 PM
    sakanagaiJelly Bean, actually.

    Nice indeed. ...and licorice is my favorite flavor.
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    Anonymous , June 28, 2012 4:29 PM
    Actually £159 is a very good price considering that it already includes 20% VAT (sales tax). Most companies just swap out the dollar sign for the pound sign.

    And at least the UK is getting the Nexus 7 right away. Amazon still isn't selling the Kindle Fire there.
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    silverblue , June 28, 2012 6:09 PM
    halcyonNice indeed. ...and licorice is my favorite flavor.

    I completely forgot about Liquorice/Licorice as a name for a future flavour of Android.
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    kidoscopic , June 29, 2012 11:34 AM
    i want to clearly understand, pls.
    why is the uk product priced with 60$ more, once again? (245USD vs 199GP)
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    silverblue , June 29, 2012 12:07 PM
    Well, take the 20% VAT off the price, which leaves you with £160. The current exchange rate is $1.56:£1, so multiply £160 by that, making $249.60. That really isn't bad.
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    kidoscopic , June 29, 2012 2:11 PM
    thanks, silverblue! still, (lame question, i know) is it, by any chance, the same 20% vat ptg i mean, to be applied for the us product as well?
    because, if i understand your math correctly, for a perfect price balance between these two continents currencies, the american 16gb nexus7 should cost approx 310$... :) 
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    silverblue , July 4, 2012 6:07 PM
    I'm not sure about US sales tax, I'm afraid.