We got some very reliable sources telling us that the Google Nexus 7 tablet will arrive in the Philippines sometime before end of August.
Of the two variants, only the 16GB model will be eventually released in the Philippines.
This is probably because a lot of people will be complaining about the lack of expandable storage (no microSD card here).
Also at $199, we don’t think Google is making any money out of the hardware but there could be some margins with the 16GB $249 variant. Google’s introduction of their own branded Nexus tablet is mostly an exercise to showcase their latest Android platform. Where Google can benefit in the long run is with the purchase of the apps and content in the Google Play Store and the dependence of the device with “search” (which is really their core business).
While we were not told what’s the exact retail price, the best case scenario is the Nexus 7 will be priced around Php15k. It’s pricier than the $249 price tag in the US but at Php15k, you’re still getting a quad-core Tegra 3 tablet running Jelly Bean.
Not really that surprising since when the Galaxy Nexus arrived in the Philippines, it was Php5k to Php8k more expensive than in the US.
Note: We pre-ordered our own unit in the US and the price did not include the $12 State Tax and the $14 local shipping.