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16GB Nexus 7 Reaching “End of Life” Status, to be Replaced by 32GB Variant?

According to a screen grab on a re-seller’s site, the 16GB Nexus 7 is on “EOL” or End of Life status. But don’t worry, as we can see in the small red text, it will be replaced by the Nexus 7 1B32, which could certainly be a 32GB variant of the tablet. Since it’s being marked as a direct replacement, does that mean it will stay at the same $250 price as the previous version? That’s sort of what we’ve considered in previous posts, but this certainly lends more credibility to it.

Excited yet?

Via: Phandroid

  • How about a $349 64GB option?

    Give us the power, Google!!!

  • Louis

    it seems serious lag issue on less space left is the main reason why Google discontinuing 16GB version. However 16GB users suck until Google/Asus fixes the problem. They paid a $50 more for just additional 8GB.

  • It’s not yet available in Asia and has already reached EOL status. That’s promising.

  • my 16gb is 2 weeks old today. this sucks if its true. i would have waited or paid more for 32gb.

  • imns

    When I first read this I was a bit pissed then I realized I got the $25 play store credit – anyone buying the 32gb won’t get it. What exactly do I need 32gb for? Enough apps to fill that space would be nuts and too much to manage. Music? Same thing – maybe videos but how many can a person watch before they are in front of a computer in order upload new ones?

    So, yes, 32gb would be nice but I’m ok with the 16 and $25 store credit.

  • iPad

    smart money on google dumping their 8GB stock for £99 here in the UK….

  • CPA01

    I don’t even fill my 8 GB. And I got a 32 gb thumb drive on OTG for less than $30. A new 32gb version of the Nexus 7 excites me about a bowl of warm eggplant pudding.


  • Paul

    You’d think they’d discontinue the 8GB and put the 16 at the 8’s price and the 32GB at the old 16GB price…

  • Raven

    I bought the 16GB Nexus 7 the day that it went on sale and I really don’t see what so many people are getting upset about. This is a good thing. A great thing. Memory prices go down, production prices go down, unit prices go down. This is the way of things. They could have just lowered the price of the 16GB and introduced the 32GB at $250 but whatever. This just means an even better product to compete in the $250 price range against the new Kindles and other tablets and it means that they are still committed to the tablet which is great for everyone including the early adopters. This will just mean more sales and more updates and better everything for everyone. Personally, I will probably give my 16GB to my wife and buy the 32GB when it comes out. Time marches on, it is just marching to the beat of a faster drummer than ever before.

    • I have the same plan. My wife is still using an og galaxy tab 7 so she will get my 16GB and I will get the new 32GB. She doesn’t use as much storage as I do so it will work out fine.

  • Carlton Madden

    yeah, i don’t mind telling you that I’ll be mildly perturbed if they release the 32gb at the same price as the 16gb that I just bought.

  • Jimmyrustler

    Please don’t make the same mistake with the LG Nexus. Just release a 32GB version from the get go.

  • If this is the same price as the 16gb then Google should give us 16gb nexus 7 owners play store credit.


    The price we pay to have products when they are first released…I only have myself to blame.

    • DainLaguna

      ding ding ding! what a concept eh?

  • Bionic

    Just root your nexus 7 and use an OTG cable. Problem more than solved.

  • goatodoom

    I don’t mind that they are coming out with one so soon after the launch. I have the 16gb, which has more than enough space for me (although if the option was there, i probably would have gotten the 32gb at the time, just because), but a few months later to come out and say “You can get twice as much memory for the same price!” is pretty annoying.

    • Brent Stewart

      This is exactly what I’ve been saying. I’d be using my Nexus 7 to play all my music instead of my Zune HD if I had 32g. I can’t stand having to either stream my music from cloud or having to prepare what I want to have available to listen to before I leave a wifi zone. So I really only use my Nexus 7 for mail, calendar, RSS, Google+, and playing a small hand full of games. I know tech moves fast, it’s the nature of the beast. And as cheap as it was I knew in my heart I was paying an “early adopter tax” by pre-ordering. But this is TOO soon. That whole “you can now get twice as much memory for the same price” only a few short months later thing is bothering the heck out of me.

      I don’t expect Google or ASUS to compensate anyone (although it’d be nice) and even though I got a $25 Play credit, I would have gladly traded that AND paid $299 for a 32g model had it been available at launch. This just feels like a slap in the face.

      • goatodoom

        I’m with you. If it turns out this 32gb one is $299…then I won’t really complain too much.

        I figured eventually there would come a time where it was getting more storage for what I paid for the 16gb….I just wasn’t expecting that time to be 3 months from when I got it.

  • rslh

    I’m excited about the 32GB and 4.1.2 or 4.2. I bought my 16GB N7 back in July. It’s such a sweet device and I use it everyday. I’m going to give mine to my mum and get myself a new one. 😉 She used mine before and she’s amazed on what it can do. I’ll be scanning in all the old photos and upload them to her Picasa account. Voila! Everything at her fingertips. I’ll be teaching her how Skype next.

  • MikeSaver

    Aww man. I totally would get a 32GB one, but you know, I’ve already pursched an 8GB one…

  • DanWazz

    Kinda irks me, but I really don’t care. My 16GB version still fulfills my tablet needs.

  • BrianLipp

    why wouldnt they EOL the 8GB, move the 16GB down to 200 and put the 32 at 250? its crazy to have an 8GB at 200 and a 32GB at 250, NO ONE would buy the 8GB, although that could be the point…

  • LordStickMax

    no, im not excited. they should discontinue the 8GB model and make the 16GB model $200 bucks and the 32GB $250 bucks.

  • Taylor Daniels

    Okay for the nexus 7 owners, please stop acting bitter. Everybody should have known this was a serious possibility. But it doesn’t affect me much, I still have plenty of space on my 16 GB

    • goatodoom

      I figured there was a chance it’d come out eventually, but wasn’t expecting so soon. And at the same price. If they released it at $300, I wouldn’t be annoyed about it at all.

      • Taylor Daniels

        Most likely it will be a little bit higher than the 16GB version. I didn’t think it would be so soon either, but I definitely knew it was a possibility that either a bigger tablet, or one with more storage was gonna come out sooner or later. I decided to go with the 16GB and have no regrets.

  • Devilsephiroth

    So I bought the 16gb n7. Does that mean I’m a sucker according to Google ? Why can’t we get some love like the nexus Q owners

  • Glad I returned mine due to the screen lift issue (fixed it 3x). Think I’ll just wait for a 10” version as I just didn’t use it enough to warrant the purchase personally.

  • DainLaguna

    Im so mad i bought a 16 gig as an early adopter. SO mad. How on earth was i EVER making due with this puny 16 gigs? And now they are gonna offer more for the same? They are becoming MORE competative? Yup, totally blows.


  • i have a couple things to say about this.
    the one listed is the 1B16….and it is 16gb.
    the one to replace it is 1b32…so it would make sense it would be 32GB

    i also read that the 4.1.1 is not compatable with the newer hardware version of the nexus 7 which has some different power management chip in it…so this COULD be just that. another 16gb varient with the new power chip and running on 4.1.2

    and as someone looking to ditch his TF300T for a nexus 7 but worrying about the 16gb…this is great news for me.
    but i am a little angry about them moving onto something larger so quickly. bought my wife the 16gb one shortly after release. its not a huge deal since she doesn’t use it for much more than a e-reader/simple game player. but still….would be nice to get something from google for their weird product map.

  • Excited? No, it pisses me off. I just got this thing 3 months ago and its being replaced by a better version? I’m gonna have a hell of a time getting fair value for my 16gb version.

  • Michael_NM

    Oh the cost of being an early adopter. I have an original Galaxy Tab, Xoom LTE and Nexus 7 16GB. Still love my N7, but would have preferred 32GB.

  • Dave Bell

    If your out of storage gift the 16gb to a family member you really love and then treat yourself to a new 32gb! Or, sell your mint 16gb on eBay or craigslist! Instant credit to buy your 32gb.

  • mr android

    Dont worry 16GB purchasers
    mr android is already hard at work
    figuring out how to make the 32GB
    purchasers feel like idiots too

  • moelsen8

    no, not excited. angry. google f*cked the people who scooped it up right away. their views on storage/expandability are screwed up.

  • jrakoske

    they should allow use to trade in for the 32 for free if it is the same cost

    • DainLaguna

      yeah, thats completely silly. no one forced you to buy an n7. non one. thats consumerism bruh.

  • Has any of you N7 owners had battery issues? I took my 16GB version camping and was playing Plague Inc. & Bad Piggies on it.. 3 hours later (if that), the battery was dead. Running AOKP (1 I believe) – 4.1.1

    • JoshGroff

      No issues with mine, but it is still bone stock. Haven’t had the urge to root or ROM it yet.

      • Hows the battery life playing either of those games? To be honest, I don’t really use mine that much.. Always busy.. However, was really unhappy with that battery life.. I was hoping to take it up the mountains with me as my reader/very light gaming, 3rd party maps app (for secondary GPS/mapping if i got lost), and tracking via My Tracks. Wouldn’t leave the parking lot if that’s the norm..

        Anyone that actually plays either of those games on it, have you had an issue w/the battery life yet?

        • JoshGroff

          I haven’t specifically tried either of those two games long enough to go off that, but I did put a nice dent (60-70% maybe, I never really bother to check exacts, but I’d say that’s fairly good) in my battery life with 4 or so hours of Wind Up Knight/ FFIII.

        • DainLaguna

          i didnt notice any bigger of a dent after playing plague. bad piggies i’ve not even tried.

    • Those are two games that will suck battery pretty fast.

  • Keith0606

    somewhat maddening if they price it the same as my 16GB, but it’s good for everyone else, frankly i’m only using about 8GB of space on my tablet now, so I’d personally probably never miss the storage space.

    The only thing i’d get really mad about would be if that new 32GB also had an HDMI out port.

  • Double Post..

  • They should remove the 8GB model, replace it with the 16GB model and have the 32GB take the 16’s place.. – Drop 8GB, 16 is the new 8 and 32 is the new 16.. Life makes sense once again.


    Remove 8GB’s front camera (who uses that anyway?) Take away some other feature to justify the price drop to $99.99 and then sell the 8GB @ $99.99, 16GB @ 179.99 and 32GB @ 249.99.

    • Southrncomfortjm

      I use the front camera all the time for Tango calls. Don’t *need* it since I can make the same calls from my GNEX, but I like making the calls from my N7 better.

      • Yeah, but if you could grab a tablet for $99 bucks and had to sacrifice the front camera.. Would be totally worth it.

  • ddevito

    Now I know what to get the wife for her birthday

    (hint: it won’t the 32GB version) 😉

    • moelsen8

      gonna give her the stickmount?

      hahaha sorry, coming off your comment above 😛

      • ddevito

        +1 lol :p

  • ryan

    as long as the specs are still the same as the 16gb one, I won’t be *as* mad at myself for just buying the 16gb one 2 weeks ago.

    • JoshGroff

      I got mine release week, still haven’t filled the storage. (have way more games than I could hope to play in a month on it at the moment.) No Music installed though, got ~13-14 GB of that on my G-Nex though.

  • Jeff Tycz

    Let’s just say I will be a little more than upset if the 32gb one does end up being the same price as the 16gb one. I would have got that instead

  • Well isn’t that a kick in the pants to those of us who got the 16GB Nexus 7. I’ve had it barely 3 months. This upgrading and release cycle is getting to be ridiculous. Your Android device is out of date before you can even get it out of the box. Almost worst than buying a car.

  • AnotherAndroidKid

    the 16 instead of the 8? This makes little sense to me.

  • jaybar

    sigh…but i still love my little 8GB

    • fakekellex

      it’s all ya need if you don’t game or download movies (which I don’t). All pics/vids are in Picasa/google+

      • CPA01

        Well, you can always run movies off OTG. Games, not so much.

    • JB

      The 8GB were the early adopters were the winners. They got their devices for $175 (after credit) where as the next wave will be getting 8GB for $200 (unless they drop the 16GB to that price slot, though that doesn’t explain EOL notice).

  • Bill Stevens

    The one time I become an early adopter… I’ll be a little ticked if it’s at the $250 price point, but as long as it gets updates, like today’s, all will be well.

  • joe23521

    I love my N7. But this doesn’t make me happy to have recently purchased the 16GB version. They could have laid out the map better for customers so they could make more informed purchasing decisions.

    • Southrncomfortjm

      Mostly it doesn’t make sense why they didn’t just start with only 16 and 32gb variants.
      Solution is to sell your 16gb N7 now while the greater market doesn’t know about hte upcoming 32gb and then just buy the 32gb when it releases.

      • j__h

        They really wanted to hit the $199 price point. They would had significant losses doing that with 16GB.

        • Tony Allen

          I’m under the assumption they’re already taking significant losses to a degree with that price point.

        • Southrncomfortjm

          They would have broken just better than even with a 16gb model at $199 based on the component costs. They still would have made a decent amount on the 32gb model at launch. The difference in cost between a 8, 16 and 32gb SD card is only a few dollars.

          • j__h

            what about assembly, shipping, bad components and thus lower yield and returns …

            you cannot only consider component cost.

            IIRC 8->16GB is like 8.50$ or so.

      • EvanTheGamer

        They probably wanted to see how well the N7 does first, then decide whether or not to release other variants.

        I’ll be sticking with my 16GB N7(I freakin’ love this tab!), so probably won’t be going out and replacing it anytime soon. Maybe next year when there’s a 64GB version. haha

      • Brent Stewart

        I agree, they should have had 8/16/32 gig variants right out the gate. I would have gladly paid $299 at the time for a 32g model if it was offered. And if they released the 32g at $299 I wouldn’t be so damn annoyed. But it’s too soon to drop pricing tiers and release a new model with more memory at the same cost people paid for their 16g models. And to think how much we Fandroids complain about Apple’s 6-12mo upgrade cycle yet find a 3mo cycle totally acceptable. Man some of us are high on our own Koolaid.

    • Stinker

      This comment gets SO BORING. Hardware specs get better and costs drop. Deal with it. And get your 200 million buddies to stop whining about it, too.

      What’s completely asinine is having on-board memory instead of just an sd card slot. Too many idiots involved.

      • Man, i wanted to disagree with you so bad and tell you to go away.. Then I realized you are correct, and I 100% agree with you. Solid state memory is going through a HUGE technological boom right now. Just look at the SSDs. They’re dropping daily. 3 months is a LONG time for that type of change. Also, they’ve had the specs down for more than likely a better part of a year. When pricing out components, they probably had the sizes of storage spec’d out, and it made/makes sense.

        One thing we all have to remember about this: Google did something completely unique. They put out a device that was better spec’d than anything in similar size/price. The similar priced Kindle Fire was (I believe) 8GB for 249. They did 16 for that price. That’s pretty sweet in my book. I adopt advancements in technology just like I do with my kids.. I loved the old, and will find a love for the new..

        .. Clarifying the kids comment: As kids age, you find new things that you love about them. They’re no longer babies that spit up and puke all over you, but they’re mini adults that insult your intelligence, flexibility and endurance… Damn kids..

        • Dat Nguyen

          You’ve understated the Kindle Fire vs. the Nexus 7. The Nexus 7 is a NO
          COMPROMISE and more powerful android experience where the Kindle Fire is a limited custom skinned one… at a better/comparable price point.

          • Yes, that’s why i showed my love for it’s price point above. Reread with an optimistic point of view. I’m stating exactly what you wrote.

    • Taylor Daniels

      I’m not trying to attack you or anything. But did you seriously not think with the fact that they’re not making THAT much money off of these devices that they wouldn’t release another version? I really don’t see a reason why people should be mad or shocked about this.

  • Im worried I’ll break my monitor from how hard I’m throwing my money at it.

    • Southrncomfortjm

      Dollar bills are fine – rolls of quarters are not.

  • RCCola85

    Considering my $250 16GB Nexus 7 is barely 2 months old, this would actually suck. A lot.

    • CaptainHowdy13

      Was thinking the same thing….

      • Southrncomfortjm

        Would be nice, but not likely. We all know that technology moves fast and that we could expect an update to the N7 sooner rather than later. Early adopters get the hardware first, but patient customers normally get better hardware at a better price or value.

        • RCCola85

          I feel like most people are fairly aware of everything you just said. Anything 6 months or so out is fair game, IMO. But barely 2 months after release is too sudden, I think.

    • joe23521

      If enough of us voice our displeasure, Google might throw us a bone in the form of some more Play credit. Let’s try it! 🙂

    • JB

      Just consider it a $225 16GB Nexus 7 since you got the play store credit that the next wave of buyers will not.

      • RCCola85

        That’s fine, but I (and I figure a lot of others) would have given that credit back to get a 32GB Nexus 7 for $250. To do that now would require selling the one we have now at likely a good deal less than $250 and paying more than necessary to upgrade to the 32GB.

        • JB

          Actually, the used N7s on ebay appear to be going for around retail (you may want to sell yours quickly though to beat the rush).

  • ddevito

    Either way I’ll still show off mass storage capabilities to all my iOS loving friends :p

    • Mass Storage capabilities? Is that the rumor for the 32GB version?

      • ddevito

        No – I bought a USB OTG cable ($1.xx from amazon) and use a free app called ‘StickMount’ – works great [root required]

        • Ahh.. okay. I was going to say..

          I thought about going that route, however, I am very resourceful w/my N7 so far and still have over half my storage left..

      • CPA01

        The N7 has the capacity to access external media via OTG. I hooked up a 3 terabytes, yes you read that, TERABYTE hardrive to my N7.

  • That’ll teach those early adopters. I am surprised though that they aren’t bailing on the 8GB version and keeping the 16GB.

    • JoshGroff

      Didn’t teach me anything, 16GB is enough for a tablet I mostly use for games and minor document editing. My G-Nex has all my music stored on it, so that works out perfectly.

  • fakekellex

    Bah, i wanted a $159.99 (or less) 8 gig variant for xmas.

  • ddevito

    That’s going to piss off a lot of people that read this site daily :p

    • ChuckDz3

      Couldn’t agree more. But thankfully I actually waited for once on a purchase like this, looks like it might pay off 😛

    • JoshGroff

      OTG Cable + a 500GB portable hard drive (like 70 bucks now O-o). Should have done that and went with the 8GB model, oh well. :/

      • CPA01

        Yes you should have. $175 N7 8gb + $100 500 usb powered drive = Ownage of the 16gb version.

        • JoshGroff

          Oh well, what’s done is done and I shall not linger in the past.

  • Oh I hope this switch comes soon, I wanna order mine before I head to Florida!

  • Southrncomfortjm

    That’ll teach me to be an early adopter. Nah, just messing. I love my N7 16gb and have enjoyed it a lot over the last few months.

    • JoshGroff

      Same here. 🙂