Google's special press event is still a few days away, but that doesn't mean that customers need to wait before purchasing one of Google's new devices. The 32GB Nexus 7 is already on sale at Office Depot for the same price as the 16GB version of the Nexus 7.
The Nexus 7 is only sold in 8GB and 16GB models at all other retailers (for now), but the leaked 32GB Nexus 7 sale indicates that the rumors surrounding the Google press event are likely to be true. Google was originally thought to be releasing just a new Nexus phone at the event, but leaked information and photos were quickly accrued by members of media. Now, it's believed that Google will launch a new Nexus phone, a new Nexus tablet and an upgraded version of the Nexus 7 at the press event.
The 32GB Nexus 7 is being offered at the same price as the 16GB Nexus 7 on Office Depot's website. It's still unclear whether Google will continue to sell the 8GB or 16GB version of the tablet after the Android press event. We imagine that the price of the 16GB Nexus 7 will be bumped down to $200, the original entry-level price of the device.
The iPad Mini, considered one of the main competitors of the Nexus 7, is sold in 16GB, 32GB, 64GB models. There's a strong possibility that Google is matching the capacity offerings from Apple in order to make it more apparent that the Nexus 7 is cheaper (and in our opinion all-around better). The iPad Mini starts at $329 for a 16GB and $429 for a $32GB, which is substantially higher than the Nexus 7 versions.
The 32GB Nexus 7 leak comes just one day after images of a new Nexus tablet surfaced. In addition to a 32GB Nexus 7, Google is expected to launch the Samsung Nexus 10 at its special press event on Monday. Images of the Nexus 10 user manual were spread around the Web yesterday that showed drawn outlines of the device. The Nexus 10 appeared to have many simliiarites to the Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 in terms of design and layout. No actual images of the Nexus 10 have popped up online.
Earlier today, senior vice president of engineering at Google, Vic Gundotra, leaked images purportedly taken by the Nexus 10. "Beautiful morning," wrote Gundotra, who appeared to be vacationing in a tropical location. When the photo details were viewed in Google+, it shows that the image was taken using the Nexus 10.
The resolution of the photo was 2048x1536 according to the Google+ details. It's still unclear whether the camera was able to take an incredibly high-resolution shot of the beach or whether Google+ increased the resolution on the original photograph. Either way, it looks absolutely stunning, and there's a strong chance the Nexus 10 will include a very powerful rear-facing camera.
The Nexus 7 only comes equipped with a front-facing camera that's just a little over 1-megapixel. Even for amateur photographers, 1-megapixel is extremely low compared to most point-and-shoot and even smartphone cameras. The Nexus 7 does not come with a rear-facing camera, which is typically the more powerful of the two and often what people use when snapping photos with a tablet.
Even without a rear-facing camera, the Nexus 7 is an especially great buy at $250 for 32GB of internal storage. Most people tend to agree that taking photographs with your tablet looks ridiculous and often doesn't work that well, anyway.
If you're in the market for a new tablet, we can safely recommend the Nexus 7, especially if it has 32GB. But, there's really no reason to pull the trigger considering more information will likely be available on Monday, Oct. 29, when Google finally reveals all the details to its major Android announcement.