Google Nexus 7 tablet with July 31 release date but don’t panic

We’ve been bringing readers plenty of news about the Google Nexus 7 tablet that was recently made official at Google I/O. The one thing that everybody still wants to know about is a precise release date and we have news that it has been listed as July 31. If you were hoping for it in mid-July though then don’t panic as the listed date could well be a false alarm.

This Google Nexus 7 tablet looks set to be a giant success with the newest Android OS, 4.1 Jelly Bean, a quad-core processor and reasonable pricing and we already gave you full specs here and first impressions here. It has been exceedingly well received but the only details given for a release date was sometime in mid-July. However today we learned that GameStop is to sell the Nexus 7 with pre-orders now available on its website and interestingly it was detailed with a release date of July 31, 2012. As many are geared up to get their hands on the Nexus 7 in the next couple of weeks some could feel let down at a release date at the end of July but as we said, this is by no means conclusive.

News that GameStop in the U.S. would be selling the Nexus 7 tablet came to us from Engadget but it seems that GameStop is only taking pre-orders at present for the 16GB model and not the 8GB one. This is priced at $249, the same price as Google Play will sell the device for and Engadget notes that it should still arrive around mid-July, the same time as it first becomes available through Google Play.

However when we checked the GameStop pre-order page for the Nexus 7 the release date was definitely listed as July 31. This could mean three things. Either GameStop is getting the Nexus 7 a while after the main release on Google Play, or maybe the tablet really won’t be available until July 31, or more likely the July 31 was just placed on the pre-order page for now as no precise date is yet available.

Since this we have seen a further report on Cnet that also mentions the July 31 release date at GameStop but helpfully says that GameStop still anticipates shipping in mid-July. All we can do for now then is wait and see and hope that the middle of July is when we can all get our mitts on the Google Nexus 7 tablet. Of course we should point out that if you order the Nexus 7 through GameStop you may be able to get the price discounted if trading in gaming hardware, software and accessories so that’s something else to consider. If you want to order through GameStop head to the Nexus 7 product page here.

Have you already decided to purchase the Google Nexus 7? What is it that you find most attractive about this tablet and will you be taking advantage of trade-ins at GameStop? Send your comments to let us know.

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24 thoughts on “Google Nexus 7 tablet with July 31 release date but don’t panic”

    1. Reply
      Professor Green is a wanker says:

      What an interesting and captivating comment. Really adds to the discussion. Thanks for your insights…

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        Garth says:

        Wow, what an ass. Did you really believe your folks when they told you you were a ‘special little man’?!? Fercho’s just worried about getting the nexus on time, sounds valid to me, boss.

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          Professor Green is a wanker says:

          Boo-hoo…

          Your ability to pick an incoherent insult out of thin air that has nothing to do with my response just goes to demonstrate your limited educational capacity, your rather small mental capability or indeed the fact that you are likely less than 12 years old. Either way your ignorance must mean you live a rather pleasant life. Keep it up Garthy.

          “boss” – you’re right. I am the boss and don’t you forget it.

          1. Matt says:

             Why can’t I find a single article or video on the internet that doesn’t have children arguing under it 🙁

          2. Joe says:

            Most of us older folks got over playground/sandbox mentality a LOOOONG time ago.

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    1. You’re not really comparing this tablet to the iPad are you? Hope not. That would be like comparing Apples to a stop sign. The nexus7 will be compared and is compared to the kindle fire. Not the iPad, galaxy tab or transformer or any other tablet.

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        matt says:

         why? apart from the size the spec is pretty similar to the transformer! (oh and the keyboard!)

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    Jonathan Isenberg says:

    After the initial pre-order rush, they could have exhausted their initial stock; leaving those who ordered after the stock ran out with a delivery date of July 31st. Just speculation though.

    Also, the only source to officially list a July 31st release date is GameStop, which could very well have a different release schedule from that of Google’s.

  2. I’ve been looking for a nice tablet for some time.  I wasn’t all that interested in the Kindle Fire except for its instant streaming.  I’m glad I waited to check this out, but I may end up eating those words.

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    Joemiff says:

    Im preordering mine through gamestop. You get googles incentive ($25 credit in google play and transformers 3) and gamestops incentives (FREE GAMES that are good including shadowgun, riptide gp, sonic cd, and more) plus you dont have to worry about shipping costs.

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      Hal says:

      This is definitely appealing…but what if Gamestop gets the tablets later than when Google Play releases them?

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    Alexwise says:

    Interestingly, Australian website Kogan won’t be selling them until August 15. Those of us that ordered from Google Play will well and truly have them in our hands by then. No idea why you’d go through Kogan when Google Play is the same price…

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    Michael Dell says:

    I like the fact that it’s a Google Experience device with no manufacturer or carier mods to the UI.  I have the Galaxy Nexus phone and had the original droid before that.  I am looking forward to having a tablet that doesn’t require me to hack it to put on the normal google apps (unlike the Kindle Fire I just sold. 

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    Justin Winker says:

    GameStop now lists a shipping date of 01/01/0001. Clearly Google had them remove it, so I’m betting they were wrong.

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    Peter Bancroft says:

    I’ve ordered mine, but I’m half expecting Apple to sue Asus shortly after its release to attempt to kill it.

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    Misobrilliant says:

    I ordered mine directly from Google Play Store.  No idea that if you order from there, it’ll come with $25 of Android Play apps, I don’t recall a mention of that.  I like this tablet because of the quad core processors, which should make it snappy, that it comes from the developer of the OS, and that it is the Kindle Fire on steroids.

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