32GB variant of Google Nexus 7 now available in India

32GB variant of Google Nexus 7 now available in India

Summary: The 32GB variant rolls out at 18,999 rupees (US$350.9), less than a month after the launch of the US$55 cheaper 16GB version.

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The 32GB Google Nexus 7 is powered by the NVIDIA Tegra 3 processor, and Google Android 4.2 Jellybean OS. The tablet comes with a textured tactile design for enhanced comfort measuring just 10.45 millimeters and weighing in at only 340 grams, according to a Telecom Tiger

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Google's Nexus 7.

The tablet also features ASUS TruVivid technology along with Corning Fit Glass for improved color clarity, scratch resistance and a 178 degrees wide-viewing angle IPS display. The tablet's processor is a NVIDIA Tegra 3 quadcore processor, resulting in increased processor speed. This allows pages to load faster, games to run faster, and multitasking between multiple apps easier too.

The tablet also has both BlueTooth and Near Field Communications (NFC) capabilities. The 3G variant is 21,999 rupees (US$ 406.3), which is 3,000 rupees (US$55.40) more than just the Wi-Fi variant.

What's interesting to note, as I covered earlier this month, is that the 16 GB variant of the Google Nexus 7 was only available in a Wi-Fi variant. A rather odd move to say the least, but perhaps it was to build up hype and lure people to wait and pay more for the 32GB 3G version itself.

Personally, I would pay more and get the 32GB 3G variant instead. Sure, the price difference between the 16GB variant and this is 5,999 rupees (US$110.1), but if you look at the bigger picture, it's a better deal. You're getting 32GB versus 16GB and of course, there's the 3G SIM card slot or support.

Having a dual option of going online, be it Wi-Fi or 3G, is ideal in India as 3G coverage is more widely available than Wi-Fi hotspots. Then of course there's the issue of security; is the Wi-Fi hotspot being used in a coffeeshop or airport lounge for example, really secure? I'd feel safer using a dedicated 3G connection instead.

Topics: Tablets, Android, Google, India

Nitin Puri

About Nitin Puri

Originally from Canada, Nitin has been residing and working in India since 2009. He has worked in different ICT industries in countries such as India, Canada, and Tanzania. He is an avid follower and application developer within the growing mobile phone sector in India.

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  • Taxes?

    Why does the 16 GB version cost $100 more in India than the US? Is it taxes or is it too many middle hands in in India? I heard it is common in India, that stuff you buy may have passed 7 different companies and persons each adding onto the price.
    Oden79