Best Buy rains on Google’s parade as it begins pre-orders for new Nexus 7 ahead of official launch

Best Buy rains on Google’s parade as it begins pre-orders for new Nexus 7 ahead of official launch ...

Google’s Nexus 7 tablet is now available for pre-order on Best Buy’s website. As reported by The Verge, the 7-inch device comes equipped with Android 4.3 Jelly Bean and is available with either 16 GB or 32 GB of storage.  If rumors are true that Google’s “Breakfast with Sundar Pinchai” event tomorrow involves the Nexus 7 release, then Best Buy has jumped the gun.

The Nexus 7 is priced from $229.99. The ship date is currently not stated on the device listing, but it could be revealed in a few hours. Droid-Life is saying that the release date is July 30.

As for the specs, the device will have 2GB DDR3LM memory to handle multitasking, a scratch-resistant glass screen to help minimize damage, an Adreno 320 graphics card, 5.0 megapixel rear-facing and 1.2 megapixel front-facing camera, Bluetooth 4.0, and come preloaded with the suite of Google tools and programs.

Here are some images of the Nexus 7 from Best Buy’s website:

Last week, members of the press were invited to an event where Google’s Android and Chrome chief would be speaking. Immediately after the invites were sent, there was speculation that it would involve the Nexus 7. Involving a hardware release would make sense — after all, the event is being held at the same place where Pinchai unveiled the Chromebook Pixel computer.

The announcement clearly wasn’t going to be around a new phone. After all, invites to the unveiling of the Moto X smartphone went out soon after.

We’ll find out for sure in a few hours. In the meantime, if you want to get in line for the Nexus 7, you can visit Best Buy’s website now for the 16GB or 32GB tablet.

Photo credit: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images

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