Nexus 7 Deal Offers Massive Price Cut

With Nexus 8 rumors pointing to a release late in the year, Google’s Nexus 7 remains a viable option for those that want a solid tablet at a solid price. And while the price on the Google Play Store is certainly a tempting offer, a new Nexus 7 deal knocks a full $100 off the retail price making it a tempting proposition for those looking for a brand new tablet.

Its been a year since Google took to the stage in San Francisco and announced its Nexus 7, Android 4.3 Jelly Bean update and the Chromecast. And in that year, we’ve seen a new Nexus 5 smartphone, several Android 4.4 KitKat updates, and the new Android L update. However, we still haven’t seen Google replace the Nexus 7.

Thanks to solid hardware including a full HD display and sleek black matte design, updated software, and a flurry of enticing deals, the Nexus 7 remains a top choice and a device worth considering in the month of July.

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Today’s Nexus 7 deal comes from eBay and it knocks a full $100 off the price tag of the Nexus 7. Google’s Nexus 7 typically retails for $230 but this price drop means that it’s available, right now, for a mere $130. That’s more than $200 cheaper than the price of the iPad mini with Retina Display, Apple’s 7.9-inch slate that runs consumers $399.99.

The deal also comes with free shipping but there are a few things that consumers need to keep in mind before taking the plunge with Google’s current Nexus tablet. First, this is a refurbished device. 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 other is that 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 and an update that is currently available in beta form to Nexus 7 users.

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We’ve seen rumors pinpoint Nexus 8 features ahead of launch. Nexus 8 rumors currently 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.

The 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.

Maybe most important is that the Nexus 8 is rumored to be more expensive than the Nexus 7’s, perhaps as steep as $399. This would put it on par with the iPad mini with Retina Display.

The iPad mini 3 could look a lot like this.

The iPad mini 3 could look a lot like this.

Of course, 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 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.

Nexus 7 deals will continue to emerge throughout the year as retailers look to offload the tablet ahead of the holidays and perhaps, ahead of a Nexus 8 or Nexus 9 (it’s being called both) launch.

Top 5 Tablets to Consider Before Buying the Nexus 7 [July, 2014]

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The iPad mini with Retina Display is arguably the Nexus 7's top competitor thanks to a slew of top notch features and excellent software support courtesy of Apple.

Apple's iPad mini with Retina Display is essentially a smaller version of Apple's iPad Air. Instead of a 9.7-inch display, it offers up a smaller 7.9-inch Retina Display with a more compact design. The smaller footprint makes the iPad mini with Retina a much easier device to take on-the-go.

Like the iPad Air, the iPad mini with Retina Display comes with an A7 64-bit processor, upgraded camera, and Apple's iOS 7 software. Some models also are capable of connecting to a 4G LTE network for extremely fast connections when Wi-Fi isn't available.

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It's more expensive than the Nexus 7 but that's the price you have to pay if you want into Apple's ecosystem. Be sure to keep an eye out for deals, we've seen iPad mini deals start to sprout up as we head into the fall.

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