32GB Nexus 7 model will be used to phase out 16GB Nexus 7 tablets

by: Andrew GrushOctober 9, 2012

Nexus 7 32GB

We’ve heard rumors of a 32GB Nexus 7 for a while now. There have been leaked inventory screens suggesting the 32GB model’s existence, not to mention that one Japanese customer seems to have received a 32GB Nexus 7 instead of the 16GB that was originally ordered. Now we have a screenshot that flat out suggests that the 32GB model is meant to replace the existing 16GB Nexus 7 version, without any change to the price tag.

As flash memory becomes cheaper by the day, this isn’t that surprising. Thanks to the lack of microSD, Nexus 7 users can easily hit a wall with the 8GB and 16GB offerings if they download a lot of content directly to their devices. Having 32GB is still not nearly as exciting as a Nexus 7 with microSD, but you take what you can get.

You have to wonder though, why isn’t the 8GB model being phased out? You would think that having a 16GB and 32GB model might make more sense. The idea is probably to offer two very different size configurations to appeal to a broader range of consumers. The jump from 8 to 16GB isn’t all that much for the extra cost, but 8 to 32GB certainly makes an upgrade to the larger model more diserable. Those that don’t mind streaming and cloud storage will likely flock to buy a sub-$199 Nexus 7, and the existing price point for the 16GB model is more than fair for a 32GB model.

Are you excited about the possibility of getting double the space for the same price as the original Nexus 7 16GB tablet?

  • me

    That makes no sense. They should get rid of the 8gb and keep the 16gb

    • CardcaptorRLH85

      They probably want to keep the 8GB model at the $200 price point. Maybe they can’t source 16GB NAND chips at the same price they’re currently paying for 8GB ones.

  • Kyt

    why aren’t more tablets designed w/ speakers on the front?

  • Ugo Marceau

    I’m pissed if they do this. I just bought my Nexus 7 a month ago. Would have loved a 32Gb model. Especially for the same price as what I bought my 16Gb !

    • Reddroid

      Same, I just bought one a week ago!

    • same here, but I only bought mine 3 weeks ago, and I feel that I have been robbed and cheated, for if i had been asked, i would have waited for the 32GB version!


    thats stupid should of been 16gb and 32 gb from the jump i rather get a samsung galaxy tab2 7.0 yea its a 8gb at 250$ but it has more features nexus is pure stock all i need is a sd card im good money

  • runekey

    Lol, just bought my N7 a week ago. Sounds like I got it a month too early

  • bananafish05

    Hope this is true, I’ve been using every ounce of will power I have to not buy a nexus for this very reason.

  • Pkm

    Initially I was pissed…but well since most of us who got this before october had $25 store credit an additional $10 credit… I suppose I’ll have to let it slide.

  • I’m considering to buy Nexus 7 , this make me think if i should wait. Since nexus 7 has usb port i guess external flashdrive can be used for additional storage.

    • Adam2323

      From what I’ve heard, it’s not USB host, so no you can’t plug devices into it. That said, I’ve also heard you can root it and install a mass storage device driver to fix that problem. If true, why doesn’t Google do this? Take what I say with a grain of salt since I’ve no personal experience.

    • yes, with a software download you can use usb on the go ;-)

  • good thing i haven’t bought one yet :)

  • JonSilvers

    Nice. I am waiting now for 32gb version. :)

  • roger

    Excited about twice the memory at the same price? More like feeling scammed at being told couple months ago 16 was all I could get at any price, now the same price gets twice as much.