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Asus: Nearly One Million Nexus 7s Sold Last Month

By - Source: WSJ | B 12 comments

The Nexus 7 is selling like hot cakes.

Google may have just launched a brand new version of its Nexus 7 slate but it seems the tablet was selling just fine the way it was. Asus this week hinted at just how many Nexus 7 units it's been shipping since the launch this past summer. Though the company hasn't revealed precise numbers, the Wall Street Journal cites Asus Chief Financial Officer David Chang as saying they sold one million Nexus 7s in the last month.

 

"At the beginning, it was, for instance, 500K units a month, then maybe 600, 700K. This latest month, it was close to 1 million," he's quoted as saying.

There will likely be an increase in sales in the run up to the holidays, especially now that the entry-level model features double the storage compared to the old version. Additionally, there's now the option for 3G connectivity, which the first generation model didn't have. Google announced the new Nexus 7 earlier this week, along with a Samsung-made Nexus 10, and an LG-manufactured Nexus 4.

The Nexus 4 packs a 4.7-inch 1280x768 IPS display (320 ppi), Qualcomm's Snapdragon S4 CPU, 2GB of RAM, 8GB or 16GB of storage, an 8-megapixel camera (1.3-megapixel camera up front), a 2,100mAh Li-Polymer battery, NFC, and Android 4.2. The phone doesn't have support for 4G LTE, nor does it allow for external storage via MicroSD. The Nexus 10 packs a 1.7 GHz Samsung Exynos 5250 CPU, a 10-inch display with a 2560x1600 (300ppi) resolution, NFC, WiFi, Bluetooth (4.0), as well as 2GB of RAM, Android 4.2, a 5-megapixel on the back and a 1.2-megapixel camera on the front.

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    kawininjazx , November 1, 2012 12:08 PM
    I love my 16GB Nexus 7, except I got the "sluggish bug" when it started to get full, I deleted stuff and it's still a little slow, gonna have to restore it. Of course, now the 32GB version is the same price. Oh well, at least I didn't buy a $500 iPad 3 which has already been replaced.

    I still feel the Nexus 7 is the best deal in tablets.
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    safcmanfr , November 1, 2012 1:06 PM
    padkingThose 1 million buyers must be feeling the sting now that 16GB Nexus 7 has just become $50 cheaper. This is really not something to brag about at this point...



    ok, I'll bite.

    surely being $50 down is better than being $500 down as in the case of the iPad 3 buyers?
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    kawininjazx , November 1, 2012 12:08 PM
    I love my 16GB Nexus 7, except I got the "sluggish bug" when it started to get full, I deleted stuff and it's still a little slow, gonna have to restore it. Of course, now the 32GB version is the same price. Oh well, at least I didn't buy a $500 iPad 3 which has already been replaced.

    I still feel the Nexus 7 is the best deal in tablets.
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    safcmanfr , November 1, 2012 1:06 PM
    padkingThose 1 million buyers must be feeling the sting now that 16GB Nexus 7 has just become $50 cheaper. This is really not something to brag about at this point...



    ok, I'll bite.

    surely being $50 down is better than being $500 down as in the case of the iPad 3 buyers?
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    killerclick , November 1, 2012 2:57 PM
    padkingThose 1 million buyers must be feeling the sting now that 16GB Nexus 7 has just become $50 cheaper. This is really not something to brag about at this point...


    No, but I do feel sorry for idiots who paid twice as much for Surface which has basically the same hardware, but no apps.
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    ddpruitt , November 1, 2012 2:58 PM
    padkingThose 1 million buyers must be feeling the sting now that 16GB Nexus 7 has just become $50 cheaper. This is really not something to brag about at this point...


    Not even close. The price was cheap enough and the performance is great on these things. I'm not at all concerned about the $50 dollar difference, besides I still got a $25 Google play credit.

    Cheaper, faster, better than an Ipad (did I really just put all three in one sentence?).
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    g00fysmiley , November 1, 2012 2:59 PM
    padkingThose 1 million buyers must be feeling the sting now that 16GB Nexus 7 has just become $50 cheaper. This is really not something to brag about at this point...


    yea, let me tell you how much money i have wasted over the years if we are comparing new stuff to old.. man i once paid $200 for a 25 gig hard drive granted that was in the early 90's but man now my face has egg all over it $8 per gig man what was i thinking
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    hate machine , November 1, 2012 5:03 PM
    g00fysmileyyea, let me tell you how much money i have wasted over the years if we are comparing new stuff to old.. man i once paid $200 for a 25 gig hard drive granted that was in the early 90's but man now my face has egg all over it $8 per gig man what was i thinking


    Gooby pls
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    razor512 , November 1, 2012 6:13 PM
    kawininjazxI love my 16GB Nexus 7, except I got the "sluggish bug" when it started to get full, I deleted stuff and it's still a little slow, gonna have to restore it. Of course, now the 32GB version is the same price. Oh well, at least I didn't buy a $500 iPad 3 which has already been replaced.I still feel the Nexus 7 is the best deal in tablets.


    That bug is due to the flash memory used. If a tablet maker were to use SLC flash then you would get an extreme performance boost.

    Android does not do any kind of TRIM command or even garbage collection (for example doing a FF fill on the flash temporally uses all of the free space to do a large FF write and that does the equivalent of TRIM)

    since android does not do any of that, after you use up 50% of the space, you lose some performance due to how data is stored in MLC flash, then after the equivalent of many GB's of writing (enough to dirty all of the NAND, then you get another slowdown.

    Sadly no one has written a tool that does garbage collection on the NAND, and android does not seem too have any plans for improving flash management in the OS.

    iOS also does not have any kind of TRIM or garbage collection, but the NAND that they use only loses around 40% of it's performance when dirty, while it is a noticable slowdown (which is why people who have had their 4s for a while will complain that it has gotten slow) it is not the major slowdown that you will get in a nexus 7 where most of the performance is lost by the time all of the nand is dirty (eg taking your write speeds from around 20MB/s to around 5MB/s.


    With the push to lower cost tablets, android seriously needs to consider adding something to condition the flash memory either have it as handle process or something that happens when the device is charging. (remember cheaper flash is more reliant on TRIM (that is why if you get a cheap low end SSD and use it on a OS that does not have TRIM, you get horrible performance, the same is with tablets)

    PS the NAND on the nexus 7 is faster than what you will find on many smartphones including ones made by apple, the problem is that the performance drops off significantly when the NAND becomes dirty.
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    eklipz330 , November 1, 2012 7:46 PM
    g00fysmileyyea, let me tell you how much money i have wasted over the years if we are comparing new stuff to old.. man i once paid $200 for a 25 gig hard drive granted that was in the early 90's but man now my face has egg all over it $8 per gig man what was i thinking

    Oh man you should have waited bro!

    seriously, everytime someone tells me to wait, i feel like slapping them. just wait until a decent sale and then purchase it. whats $50 over the course of two months anyway? NOTHING. some people wait months and months for a $25 discount... wouldn't you just rather pay the extra $25 and have it like 8 months ago man? you would have probably had more fun with it in those 8 months too...you pay more for you wireless bill.
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    eklipz330 , November 1, 2012 7:47 PM
    regardless, im sure they would have sold more if they didn't keep supply low... i couldn't tell you how many times people came in and asked for the nexus at my store for me to tell them theres a huge waiting list. and some of those people never even bothered picking it up. a lost sale is a lost sale.
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    Epistasis , November 1, 2012 8:23 PM
    Man, should I get the Nexus 7, Kindle Fire HD, or wait for the Nexus 10? When is the Nexus 10 comingout?

    And I love the naming system. Really unites the whole Nexus lineup, even though they are all from different manufacturers.
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    eddieroolz , November 1, 2012 11:21 PM
    Congrats. I don't support Android but I like seeing ASUS do well.