Google's celebrated Nexus 7 tablet is available for Indian buyers on the Google Play store for just Rs 15,999.
According to the page on the Google Play store, the 16 GB device will start shipping from 5 April. Asus announced in February that the device would be 'officially' launched by the first half of this year.
The Nexus 7 was announced in India during November last year for Rs 19,990 – which is much higher than the $200 price tag for which it retails in the US and other countries.
With the new offer, which is a full Rs 4000 less than its previous selling price, the tablet is likely to fly off Google Play store's virtual shelves in India.
The Google Nexus 7 has been one of Asus’ best selling tablets with the tablet maker claiming last year that it was selling close to a million devices a month. The Nexus 7 has in fact helped Asus march to the number four position of top tablet manufacturers in Q4 of 2012. According to IDC data, Asus had a market share of 5.8 percent and saw strong sales for the Google Nexus-7 inch tablet.
The device has also received rave reviews by tech critics across the board for punching well above its relatively cheap pricetag, and was also named ‘gadget of the year’ at London’s T3 Gadget Awards 2012.
The Nexus 7 was the first 7-incher to house a 1.3GHz Nvidia Tegra 3 quad-core CPU, which includes a 12-core GPU. It has a screen resolution of 1280×800 pixels.
The tablet also comes with the pure Google OS version of Android Jelly Bean 4.1 ( at the time of the release) and this was upgraded to Jelly Bean 4.2 in November when Google launched the Nexus 10.
And recently, a comprehensive test carried out by Dr. Raymond Soneira of DisplayMate has said that the display of the Nexus 7 comprehensively outperformed Apple’s newly launched iPad mini which is priced at Rs 27,000 for an entry level device. (Read more about that here)