You can pre-order Google’s new Nexus 7 tablet from the Play store. Or, of all places, GameStop. The video game retailer confirmed that folks can place pre-orders both online and in store for the 16GB version, which runs for $249. However, there’s a possibility you might receive it later than if you went through Google; Gamestop’s website currently lists the Nexus 7 release date as July 31, whereas Google says “mid-July.”
In an effort to keep up with the changing industry, GameStop has made Android tabs a staple alongside more traditional offerings. The company said it will offer a special 30 percent trade in bonus — video game hardware, software and accessories — for anyone planning to make a Nexus 7 pre-order.
Announced at Google I/O earlier this week, the Nexus 7 is an obvious jab at Amazon’s Kindle Fire, which is offered at a similar $200. We were lucky enough to attend proceedings at I/O and get our own Nexus 7 unit. As you can imagine, we’ve been playing with the Tegra 3 device nonstop for the past few days as we work toward our review. So far, it’s pretty fantastic. But that’s all we’ll say for now.