Tuesday 26 March 2013

Nexus 7 in Google Play India: Everything that you need to know

Earlier today, Google finally started selling Nexus 7 tablet in India via Google Play store. It is the first Android and Nexus device to ever become available directly from the search giant in the country

Pricing/ Availability:

Google is currently selling the 16GB Wi-Fi only version of Nexus 7 tablet in the country via Google Play. This is the most basic model available globally since Google stopped selling the 8GB Wi-Fi-only version. The 16GB version is being sold for INR 15,999.

The Indian pricing is around INR 2-2.5K more than what you will pay if you get Nexus 7 directly from US online ($199 (INR 10,777) (product price) + INR 1000 (shipping) + INR 1885 (duty) = INR 13,662 (approx.)). If you get it from a relative in US, the pricing is going to be much cheaper.

Payment/ Shipping:

As Google currently only accepts Credit Card payments in Google Play, so you will have to pay INR 15,999 using a credit card. There seems to be no shipping charge, or may be Google has already included that in the final pricing, so all you are going to pay Google for Nexus 7 is INR 15,999.

The tablet will be shipping using FedEx or Aramax, which service most of the areas in the country, but still there will be places where these two courier companies don’t operate. If that is the case with your location, you are better off getting your tablet at a friend or relative’s place.

As per Google support site, all shipments take around 3-7 days to deliver, so the first Nexus 7 shipments in India should begin reaching customers beginning April 8, 2013, as the shipments will start from Google’s end on April 5.

How to order:

Go to Play.Google.com, if you don’t directly see Nexus 7 on the homepage; choose “Devices” section or “Shop Devices” from the drop-down. More on the same in the following flow-chart.

About the tablet:

Nexus 7 was originally introduced at Google I/O dev conference in June 2012. The tablet began shipping in select countries in mid-July with 8GB Wi-Fi only version being the basic one.  Google later expanded the Nexus 7 line-up by introducing 32GB Wi-Fi only version as well as 32GB HSPA+ version in October 2012. Company also stopped selling 8GB version at the same time and reduced the price of 16Gb Wi-Fi only version to $199, which was earlier the price of 8GB variant.

Made in partnership with Asus, Google Nexus 7 is termed a commercial success and the companies had sold around 4.5 million units of the tablet in 2012. The numbers would have gone up since then.

The Nexus 7 tablet features 1.2GHz quad-core NVIDIA Tegra 3 processor, 1GB RAM and 7-inch 1280x800p resolution backlit IPS display with Corning Glass. Full specifications below:

Android 4.2.2 (Jelly Bean)
Lithium-ion polymer 4,325 mAh battery
1.2 GHz (1.3 GHz in single-core mode) quad-core Cortex-A9 NVIDIA Tegra 3 T30L
16, or 32 GB flash memory
7-inch IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen with 1280×800 WXGA pixels resolution (216 ppi)
Scratch-resistant Corning Fit Glass
416 MHz twelve-core Nvidia GeForce ULP GPU
Accelerometer, gyroscope, proximity sensor, GPS, magnetometer, microphone
1.2 MP front-facing camera
3.5 mm headphone jack, Bluetooth 3.0, Wi-Fi (802.11 b/g/n @ 2.4 GHz), NFC, Micro USB 2.0, docking pins
Dimensions: 198.5×120×10.56 mm (7.81×4.7×0.416 in)
Weight: 340 g

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