Asus Nexus 7 Singapore: Price and Availability
Google has recently announced its plan to release its Nexus 7 worldwide. The world come to know the Nexus brand when it was first introduced as Google’s way of setting a benchmark to all phone makers who wish to build Android-powered smartphone. Leveraging on the benchmark set by its Nexus prototype phone, Google is able to demonstrate to the hardware vendors on how an Android-powered phone should be like and the kind of user experience it should deliver.
Nexus 7 marks the first attempt by Google to jolt its flagging Android-tablet segment. Unlike the smartphone market, Google has so far not released any prototype for Android-based tablet. Many believe that since tablet brings a totally new computing paradigm, none of the PC makers (that have joined the party to produce Tablets) have figured out how to really integrate both software and hardware to match the kind of user experience that only Apple’s iPad has managed to offer so far. By releasing its first ever Nexus tablet, Google is telling us that they are serious about developing the Android tablet market. Partnering with Asus as its OEM, Google’s Nexus 7 is set to establish a new benchmark for other tablet makers to follow.
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Initially unveiled during Google’s I/O developer conference in June 2012, it is set to make a splash when it lands in Singapore at the end of the month. The date is now set. Starting from September 28, Nexus 7 will be available in Singapore. Leveraging on Asus’ distribution network, the device will be sold in leading electronic department stores islandwide such as Best Denki, Harvey Norman, Challenger and Courts.
The biggest disappointment that comes with the announcement is probably the price point of Nexus 7 in Singapore. In U.S., Google leave everyone in disbelief when it reveal US$199 as Nexus 7 16GB’s retail price. In Singapore, the device will be selling at S$399. There is no logical reasoning that I can find to justify the $399 price tag. A price tag of S$329-349 would be reasonable.
Is Nexus 7 worth your buck? I guess it’s better to wait for now. After all, we’ve heard what sounds like increasingly certain little brother of iPad in the making and it seems that October 17 is the day it will be unveiled.
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