Google is bumping up the specs on its Nexus 7 tablet ever so slightly today. Originally planned as an announcement as part of an event Google was holding in New York City, the message is now being communicated via a mere online blog post thanks to Hurricane Sandy’s wrath.
There’s no physical changes to the hardware of the Nexus 7 in this update, but there is a change in pricing and storage. Priced initially at $199 for the 8GB model and $249 for 16GB, the 8GB has now been replaced with 16GB and the 16GB now with 32GB. The end result: $199 for 16GB and $249 for 32GB. Finally, one new model includes 3G connectivity compatible with over 200 international GSM networks. That’ll sell with 32GB as well for $299.
Think of this as Google’s way of flipping the bird to Apple’s iPad mini.
Amazon took a similar approach yesterday when placed a comparison between the Kindle HD 7 and the iPad mini right on the home page and took aim at the iPad’s measly 1024×768 display and high price tag ($329.)
Alongside the Nexus 7 announcement comes the Nexus 4 smartphone, larger Nexus 10 tablet, and Android 4.2.