The new Nexus 7 may not be official just yet, but there are some lucky people out there that can already order the device, at least from some retailers. And some of those retailers are apparently honoring orders, even though they shouldn’t.
At least that appears to be the case of reddit user xQcKx who ordered the 32GB new Nexus 7 on July 20 from OfficeMax, using the product’s SKU when passing the order – and we would assume this isn’t an elaborate fake meant to get some quick attention from the media.
He paid nearly $300 for the device, or $269.99 for the tablet, shipping, and corresponding tax, and got a delivery estimate of 1-3 days. The delivery was later confirmed, and it the user has already posted the first pictures of the product, available above and below.
The wallpaper on the box of the new Nexus 7 is exactly the same wallpaper we’ve seen in a recent leaks, while the device looks just like in the alleged press image spotted a few days ago – at the time this article was written, only two images of the device were posted, showing the unopened box and the back of the device.
In his initial reddit post in which he announced that he ordered it (posting the receipt for his order), he revealed that he is an OfficeMax employee, although this detail may not have mattered for the store that has shipped it.
A different user who also works for OfficeMax, said that “the older Nexus 7 has long been discontinued within local retailers,” suggesting that the retailer would not ship the “old” Nexus 7 model instead of the new one.
Before you ask, a different user revealed the SKU number for the 32GB Nexus 7 version, which means anyone can try to get an order in even before the device is officially launched via the Google Play Store – it’s 24127222 the SKU you’ll have to mention when buying.
[Update:] The buyer has apparently deleted the post on reddit, which is still up though, check out Source link (2) below.