Google's Nexus 7 tablet hasn't been around all that long. The company only announced the slate in June of this year, and it went on sale in July. The Nexus 7 joined the multitudes of Android tablets already available on the market but had one thing setting it apart from the crowd: It's tempting price tag. At under £200, the Nexus 7 represents a very attractive entry level solution for those looking to buy their first tablet. And, three months after launch, one UK retailer has named the slate its best selling Android tablet.
Carphone Warehouse has declared the Nexus 7 best selling Android tablet in its history. The London Telegraph cites Carphone Warehouse as saying it has seen a huge demand for the Jelly Bean tablet. Graham Stapleton, Chief Commercial Officer at Carphone Warehouse, said he's eager to see how the size of the Nexus 7 affect other manufacturers' upcoming products.
"Looking at the sales of the Google Nexus tablet, it’s clear that there is a massive demand amongst our customer base for smaller tablets," Stapleton told the Telegraph. "We're seeing a real shift in what customers are using their tablets for, with more and more watching content on the go. It's now common to see people using their tablets during the morning commute or catching up on the day’s news in a local coffee shop, and smaller devices make it easier to handle."
The Nexus 7 launched three months ago and packs a 7-inch, 1280 x 800 HD display, Nvidia's quad-core Tegra 3 processor alongside a 12-core GPU, and 1GB RAM. The tablet also has 802.11a/b/g/n Wi-Fi (there's no 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 claims eight hours of HD video playback, 10 hours of web browsing or 10 hours of e-reading on a single charge.
Google will see quite a bit of competition in the run up to the holidays as Amazon prepares to bring the Kindle Fire to the UK for the first time. There's also Apple's rumored iPad mini to content with, which Cupertino is expected to announce next Tuesday, October 23.