16GB Nexus 7 Phased Out, Replaced with 32GB Model

Evidence that the slate is nearing EOL status has just popped up

By on October 10th, 2012 10:21 GMT

The incredibly popular Nexus 7 tablet is only several month old, but it looks like Google plans to retire the 16GB version and replace it with the rumored 32GB model.

Up until not, the 32GB Nexus 7 was pretty illusive, as Google has yet to officially introduce the tablet on the market. However, a series of fortunate events lead us to believe that the search giant is indeed planning to release this improved Nexus 7 model.

As we reported a few days ago, a Japanese buyer received a 32GB Nexus 7, though he specifically ordered the 16GB model.

No explanations from the retailer have been given, so we can only assume that Google has already started to replace the 16GB variant.

The problem is that the Japanese buyer got the 32GB Nexus 7 for the same price as the 16GB model, so we’re not sure if this was a mistake or Google does not plan to price the former version higher than the latter.

Either way it’s almost sure, as it's still to be confirmed by Google, that Nexus 7 16GB nears EOL (end of life) status.

Moreover, it’s pretty clear that Google plans to replace it with the 32GB model, or at least that’s what the latest rumors suggest.

More evidence on this has just been published by the folks over at Phandroid who managed to get their hands screenshot taken from a retailer’s inventory system, which clearly shows that Nexus 16GB is now EOL and it’s to be replaced with the Asus 1B32, the codename for the 32GB model.

Even though these are only pure speculations for the moment, we’re still expecting Google to release the 32GB Nexus 7 within the next few weeks. We will keep an eye out for this one, so stay tuned for more updates on the subject.
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