The Google Nexus 7 is the best-selling Android tablet so far, according to a UK retailer, helped by a keen price point, its compact dimensions and the power of the Google brand.
According to Carphone Warehouse, demand for the slate has surpassed larger and more lavishly specc’d slates, enabling the Nexus 7 to become outsell all earlier Android efforts within just three months of hitting the market.
Before the arrival of Google's proprietary slate, the likes of the Samsung Galaxy Tab range and the Flyer from HTC have struggled to compete against Apple’s iPad, thanks to comparatively high price points and a lack of carrier support.
By contrast, the entry-level 8GB model of the Nexus 7 is available for just £159. That compares with an asking price of £399 for the cheapest iteration of the new iPad.
Graham Stapleton, Chief Commercial Officer at Carphone Warehouse, told The Telegraph: “It’s impressive that this product is our biggest selling Android tablet, and it will be really interesting to see if other manufacturers will follow suit with smaller tablets over the coming months to spice up the Christmas period.”
“Looking at the sales of the Google Nexus tablet, it’s clear that there is a massive demand amongst our customer base for smaller tablets.”
Signs that the tide may be turning for Android in the tablet market war come amid reports that a 32GB edition of the Nexus 7 is in the pipeline. According to a source at UK retailer Argos, the top-of-the-range version will land this week and will sell for £199.
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