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Confirmed: Google Nexus 7 Not Hitting HMV Until July 23rd

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Google’s first Nexus tablet was due to hit HMV this week, although now Gadget Helpline has exclusive confirmation that the gadget’s launch has been pushed back until July 23rd.

Our inside source confirmed that the retailer would not be launching the tablet today (July 16th) as we originally reported last week. Instead it will be selling the new Jelly Bean-toting 7-inch tablet from July 23rd, exactly a week on from the expected launch.

After speaking to several stores, including the aforementioned Oxford Circus store, it would appear that this memo has made it across the nation to HMV’s stores. The reasoning behind it comes from Google, who wants the Nexus 7 to launch everywhere at the same time.

Google has been taking pre-orders through its Play Store in the UK, and recently the expected shipping time slipped from 3-4 week to 1-2. It seems that Google is lining up its own stock and will send items to pre-order customers at the same time stores will be offering it.

For those who have somehow missed the whirlwind of news, let us fill you in briefly. A few weeks back Google announced a new update to Android called Jelly Bean, or 4.1. As is tradition, it also announced a new Nexus device to bring in the new software, although this time it was a tablet and not a smartphone. The Nexus 7 is made by Asus and sports an impressive 7-inch IPS screen, quad-core processor from Nvidia, and either 8 or 16GB of storage space.

The tablet costs just £159 or £199 for the 8 and 16GB versions respectively, and keeps its low price thanks to a lack of expandability – there’s no micro SD card slot, no video out port, and no room for upgrades.

Downsides aside, we can’t wait to get our hands on the Nexus 7. Stay tuned for a video review coming soon.

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