Nexus 7 release UK: Where to get the new tablet

The Nexus 7 by Asus is the latest Android tablet to want to own, but where and when can you get it in the UK? We've been speaking to Asus and retailers to find out where you can get the best deal and where you can buy the much-wanted Nexus 7 tablet.

Where to buy the 8GB Nexus 7

The Google Play Hardware Store is the only place you will currently be able to get the 8GB model.

If you want the entry-level 8GB version costing £159 you can whizz over to the Google Play hardware store and pre-order one for deliver some time in mid July.

Google isn't offering further clarity on that release date at present, but talking to retailers and Asus we would expect it to be delivered around 20 July.

Where to buy the 16GB Nexus 7

If you want to go for the 16GB version costing £199 there will be plenty of places offering you a chance to snap it up, including Dixons, PC World, Tesco, Carphone Warehouse, Currys, Comet and John Lewis on the high street will all be stocking them. Basically anywhere you can get an Asus device right now. Online retailers will include Ebuyer.com.

At the time of writing, none of the retailers appears to be discounting the tablet or offering deals, as in a free case or other accessories.

Asus tells Pocket-lint that pre-orders now will start shipping to "bricks and mortar" stores for customers to get some time between the 20 July and 27 July with online orders getting delivered first.

"Nexus 7 8GB is available for £159, while the 16GB version is £199 and enables consumers to keep even more of their content close at hand -- even when they’re not online," Asus said in a statement to Pocket-lint. "It will be available via ASUS’ broad range of retail partners including PC World, Currys, Carphone Warehouse, Ebuyer, HMV and Tesco. Stores will have stock on-shelf around 27th July, and customers will be able to pre-order online from an earlier date." 

That ties in with Google's announcement that the device would be available mid-July and also with the roll out of the Jelly Bean update to the Galaxy Nexus and Motorola Xoom at the same time.

Pre-order now it you want one

Asus has also confirmed that it expects to run out of stock very quickly, with demand outstripping supply.

A spokesman for the company confirmed exclusively to Pocket-lint that although this is the biggest hardware launch for the company in the last three years it suspects, based on retailer reaction already, that that there will be stock issues.

"We have more stock than any other device in the last three years," our man from Asus confirmed. "That's tens of thousands of units, but we can't get enough of them."

If you want to be within the first wave, better make sure you pre-order your tablet now. 

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