An amazing new Nexus 7 deal chops the price of last year’s Nexus tablet in half as Nexus 8 rumors continue to swirl ahead of the fall.
Last year, Google replaced the original Nexus 7 with a brand new tablet that is also dubbed Nexus 7. The new Nexus 7 immediately became one of the best tablets on the market. That was a year ago.
Thanks to its hardware and its updated software, the Nexus 7 2013 remains on the of the best tablets that money can buy. Fortunately, these days, the Nexus 7 comes cheap as retailers look to offload the year old tablet ahead of the fall and a potential Nexus 8 release. With Nexus 8 rumors swirling, we’ve seen retailers chop the Nexus 7 price down and today’s Nexus 7 deal is one of the best.
eBay is currently offering a refurbished Nexus 7 2013, the 16GB WiFi only model, for just $130. While it’s refurbished, the listing says that its “re-certified by Asus and packaged in an Asus factory sealed brown box and comes with a Asus 90-Day Warranty.” Essentially, the Nexus 7 will look and feel new but it won’t be new.
The price is a 43% discount from its usual $230 price tag that’s found on the Google Play Store. That’s a steep discount and one that consumers will certainly want to pay attention to.
This Nexus 7 deal is one of several that we’ve seen pop up in recent weeks. And while nothing is confirmed, it could be that these retailers are attempting to offload the Nexus 7 ahead of the fall and the arrival of three rumored tablets.
Rumors suggest that Google will be introducing a brand new Nexus 8 to the world at some point later this year. The device is expected to debut alongside the Android L update, the update that Google showed off for the first time at Google I/O 2014.
We’ve seen rumors attempt to pinpoint Nexus 8 features ahead of launch. Nexus 8 rumors point to a high-end device with a zero-gap aluminum unibody design similar to the HTC One, an 8.9-inch 2048 x 1440 full HD display with a 4:3 aspect ratio, 4G LTE, 64-bit NVIDIA Logan 64-bit processor (Tegra K1), 8MP rear camera with Optical Image Stabilization, and a 3MP front-facing camera for video chatting.
Google’s Nexus 8 release date remains out of reach though Android L release rumors put the update in October, November or December, Google’s usual Nexus smartphone release window. With a Nexus smartphone rumored to be out for 2014, it’s possible that the company will instead slot the Nexus 8 in ahead of the holiday shopping season. Nexus hardware always launches with new Android software on board.
It’s not clear how the Nexus 8 might fit into Google’s current Nexus lineup that currently features the Nexus 7, Nexus 10, and Nexus 5 as its top Nexus products. Google also sells a number of Google Play Edition devices including the 8.3-inch LG G Pad 8.3.
The Nexus 8 will allegedly come with a more expensive price tag, perhaps $399, which would put it on par with the iPad mini with Retina Display and make it far more expensive than the Nexus 7.
Google’s Nexus 8 isn’t the only tablet rumored for the fall. Rumors suggest that Apple has two brand new iPads up its sleeve for the fall including an iPad Air 2 and an iPad mini with Retina Display or iPad mini 3. Both are expected to feature incremental upgrades from their predecessors with a focus on an A8 processor, Touch ID fingerprint technology and new rear cameras.
iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3 rumors center on the fall though rumors suggest that the iPad Air 2 could come a little earlier this year. Last year, Apple announced its new iPads in October and released them in November ahead of Black Friday and the holiday shopping season.