While we personally haven't gone out to hunt down the device, multiple sources report that the 32 GB version of Google's Nexus 7 tablet is already appearing on store shelves, over a week ahead of Google's Android event on October 29. So far locations include Staples and Sam's Club, but currently Google Play is still listing only the 8 GB and 16 GB models.
The news follows a previous report pointing to a 32 GB version of the Nexus 7 with GSM and WCDMA connectivity. The device was spotted in an internal system listing stemming from Asus. Even more, the report claimed that Google will only release a 32 GB model of the Nexus 7 with 3G connectivity.
Last week, one Japanese consumer received the 32 GB model by accident. He reportedly ordered the 16 GB Nexus 7 tablet from Google Play in Japan, but what he received was the 32 GB version wrapped in the 16 GB version's packaging. A provided storage screen snapshot even showed a total space of 27.58 GB and an available space of 26.62 GB.
UK retailer Carphone Warehouse first spilled the beans on this third model weeks ago, showing the gadget in its inventory. Now the 32 GB model is showing up on store shelves early, but store tags and receipts, as shown on Engadget, show that the units aren't supposed to officially go on sale until October 29. There's talk that it's selling for $249, the same pricetag as the 16 GB model. Does that mean the 16 GB will hit the $199 pricepoint and the 8 GB will cost a mere $99? We'll see soon.
Now, on to that 32 GB 3G model....