It looks like the 32GB version of Google's Nexus 7 tablet has moved from rumor to reality, at least according to one blogger, who says his local Office Depot has one in stock for $250.
The 32GB configuration of the tablet has been talked about for a while now, with, most recently, reports of price cuts to the 16GB model in the U.K. fueling speculation of the arrival of a beefier Nexus 7.
Some expected Google to unveil the device on Monday at a big Android event in New York City, which has since been canceled on account of Hurricane Sandy.
Now Joe Wilcox over at BetaNews is reporting the availability of the device at his hometown Office Depot, with the 16GB incarnation going for a dropped-price of $200.
As of this writing, Office Depot's Web site lists both the 16GB and 8GB versions as "not available for purchase at this time." When CNET's Don Reisinger checked several retail sites on Thursday, he found the 16GB version being offered for $250. Wilcox notes that the 16-gig version is now available online at GameStop for $200, and so it seems to be:
Wilcox says of the appearance of the 32GB Nexus 7 at Office Depot:
Google may have cancelled the New York Android event because of Hurricane Sandy, but that may not stop retailers from going ahead with plans to offer product. The channel isn't easily stopped, particularly when there is chance to get in front of competitors with a hot product.
Along with the 32GB Nexus 7, Google was expected to announce on Monday -- precancellation -- a 10-inch version of the Nexus tablet, as well as a $99 tablet and a new Nexus smartphone, the Nexus 4 from LG.
Regarding the 32-gig version of the Nexus 7 tab, Reisinger noted on Thursday that:
Google has not confirmed that it will launch a 32GB Nexus 7. However, earlier this week, Apple announced an iPad Mini that is competing directly with the search giant's tablet. Apple's slate comes in 16GB, 32GB, and 64GB flavors. The Nexus 7, with only 8GB and 16GB, looks rather slim on storage, in comparison.
That said, Google is winning on pricing. The $249 Nexus 7 is $80 cheaper than the starting iPad Mini price of $329. If Google delivers a 32GB Nexus 7 for the $249 price, it would put Google even further ahead on price.
Update, 7:42 p.m. PT: Droid Life is also reporting the appearance of the 32GB version of the Nexus 7 at Office Depot, along with the $50 price drop on the 16GB version at the office-supply chain.