News by Andrew Kameka on Wednesday October 31, 2012.
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The Google Nexus 7 tablet was expected to earn strong sales thanks to its low price. An executive from ASUS, which manufacturers the tablets in partnership with Google, confirms those expectations by saying that the Nexus 7 is close to selling 1 million units per month.
Asustek CFO David Chang tells The Wall Street Journal:
"At the beginning, it was, for instance, 500K units a month, then maybe 600, 700K. This latest month, it was close to 1 million."
Google previously said that the Nexus 7, which originally sold for $199 for an 8GB model, had higher than expected sales. Consumers have increasingly opted for the 7-inch tablet despite strong competition from Amazon's Kindle Fire HD. More challenges will come from the Barnes & Noble NOOK HD and Apple iPad Mini, but Google has introduced revised versions of the Nexus 7 that add more storage space and HSPA+ mobile data to make the tablet more appealing. While Google does not release individual sales figures for the Nexus 7, ASUS's future estimates may report if the device manages to keep its million-a-month momentum going during the holiday season.source: WSJ Digits
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