UPDATED: Online retailers everywhere are hanging the dreaded ‘out of stock’ sign on their virtual store shelves in light of the overwhelming demand for the Google Nexus 7. The new Asus-made tablet that was unveiled last month at Google I/O to debut the company’s new version of Android; Jelly Bean 4.1 has seen an impressive uptake in pre-orders in the US, with major online companies running out of product with less than a week on the market.
The new Google tablet went on sale just days ago and according to The Telegraph, the likes of GameStop, Staples and Sam’s Club in the US have already exhausted their initial stock. Unlike a number of similar products before it from the likes of Toshiba, Motorola and Samsung, the Nexus 7 appears to be the first Android-based tablet that is really set to make a splash and in the process, cause issue with sales of Apple’s iPad.
The tablet hits the UK market at a value price of £159 for the 8GB version and £199 for the 16GB variant. With the impressive uptake the US units have seen, it likely won’t be long before the UK devices follow suit, so we recommend, if you’re deliberating over buying one, place your order now, or you could be waiting weeks for new stock to hit.
UPDATE (7/7/12): It seems that despite the outage of available tablets from those stocking it on store shelves, those with the greatest desire are being rewarded first. ‘Out of stock’ signs might have cropped up on websites and in retail outlets currently meant to be offering Google’s latest tablet, but for consumers in the UK and Canada, pre-orders have been confirmed by Google to be shipping today.
UPDATE 23/7/12: It seems that Asus and Google wholly underestimated the popularity their new Jelly Bean-toting tablet would amass. Not only have pre-orders and opening day sales been so high that ‘sold out’ signs have had to take the tablet’s place on store shelves, both virtual and physical, but now Google have had to deny potential US-based customers the option of the larger 16GB Nexus as it has completely sold out.
As well as continuing to remain out of stock at many US retailers, the supply of 16GB quad-core tablets available from Google directly has been exhausted and such scarcity is even creeping over to the UK, with the likes of Tesco also reporting a lack of the tab in stock according to Mashable.com. In the meantime, the 8GB is still available to order from Google Stateside and in the UK, but you’ll have to check back systematically if you’re in the US and you want the larger Nexus to arrive on your doorstep.