16GB Nexus 7 completely out of stock, Google stops taking orders

by: Chris SmithJuly 22, 2012

Yesterday we showed you that the Google Nexus 7 has been sold out already with various third-party retailers, both the 8GB and the 16GB model. As for ordering the tablet from the Google Play store, the 8GB version had a 3-5 days shipping date while the 16GB version would have only shipped in 3-4 weeks.

Those of you that managed to get their 16GB Nexus 7 orders in should consider yourself lucky, as it looks like the model is no longer available for order. Google has stopped taking orders and lists the device as “coming soon.” Interested buyers can sign up to be “notified by email when Nexus 7 (16GB) becomes available.”

Apparently Google simply didn’t make enough 16GB Nexus 7 units to meet demand, according to The Guardian:

Sources close to Google say the search giant seriously underestimated the demand for the 16GB version of its 7in Nexus 7 tablet, which has sold out from stockists and other sources while demand for the smaller 8GB version remains comparatively low.

Moreover, the same publication notes that the Search giant was taken aback by the decreased interest in the 8GB version, which Google hoped it would sell very well. The company thought that buyers will combine the 8GB physical memory available on the cheaper model with its cloud-based storage solutions to make up for the limited storage space. But it looks like buyers are more interested in storing their files on the tablet instead of relying on the cloud, and that’s why the 16GB version is more appealing. That’s even more so considering that neither version comes with microSD support, and therefore buyers can’t upgrade the storage on the device themselves.

Not to mention that some third-party retailers have only been stocking the 16GB version, while the 8GB tablet was available via the Google Play store.

Finally, since both models are very affordable, it’s really not surprising to see the 16GB Nexus 7 sell out completely.

At the same time, let’s not forget that the 8GB Nexus 7 tablet is also shipping in 3-5 days, which means Google has sold plenty of units. However, the company, which is expected to sell 2-3 million Nexus 7 units this year, is yet to mention how many tablets it sold since announcing the device in late June at Google I/O.

Neither Google nor Asus specified at this time when the new 16GB Nexus 7 batch will be ready, and the UK publication notes that it “could take some weeks to arrive.” You may still find plenty of 16GB Nexus 7 stock on sites like eBay or Craigslist, although you should expect to pay a premium price for the tablet.

Have you ordered your Nexus 7 unit yet? Which capacity did you choose and why?

  • alex13809

    Not surprised. Google and Asus should have really made a 32GB model, or at least put a microsd slot. It would have sold even faster. I would have bought the 8GB rather than the 16 if I can put a 32GB card in it.

  • DroidFan

    Even at $ 249.00 there is no reason not to use the Cloud to leverage your storage needs. But it is handy to have that extra off line storage. And obviously people are willing to pay the additional $ 50. Good think for Google/partners…more profit in the 16 gb model.

  • rhltechie

    Ditto alex…..I ordered the 16gb a week ago, still havent recieved yet but hoping this week. I also would have ordered the 8gb if I had the option to install an SD card. I am an app and music/video hog. I need the space on any device I have. 8gb just won’t cut it anymore!

  • Noam Katz

    Its soo sad that there is no sd card support!

  • cepr

    Google didn’t underestimate anything… they were pushing a product and wanted consumers to buy into the cloud solution. BTW… you can get a Nexus Q while your at it (since our device doesn’t have any connectivity options either). Unfortuntely for Google, consumers don’t seem as impressed with the “cloud” as the companies that are pushing it are. There are still to many situations when there’s no access to WIFI. SD support anyone?

  • midlifecrazy

    I ordered the 16GB model on the 071912. I also ordered the larger capacity due to the lack of an SD card slot. The google play site accepted my order, but has not updated it since. Now, it shows it as unavailable. Time will tell.

  • Nic Gillespie

    Thanks to the list you guys put up I was able to find a staples near by that had the 16gb in stock :-)

  • Schaus

    I live in Canada. Just got my confirmation for my 16gb Nexus 7. Should be here on Friday!