Nexus 7 sales could reach 8m in 2012

Nexus 7
8 million in six months isn't bad

It looks like Google's Nexus 7 tablet is a hit, with sales possibly reaching a phenomenal 8 million by the end of the year.

The estimates are based on touch panel shipments, so shouldn't be taken as gospel.

Digitimes predicted suppliers will ship 4 million touch panels for the Nexus 7 in the third quarter of the year. Based on this, predicts Google will sell 3 million Nexus 7 devices in the third quarter, and between 3 and 5 million in in the fourth quarter.

Even if it falls short of this, anywhere near 8 million sales has to be seen as a huge success.

Google previously said it hoped to sell 3 million Nexus 7 tablets before the end of the year.

Initially, Google struggled to meet demand, with the entry-level version of the tablet selling out. But now it's back in stock, with an estimated shipping time of three to five business days.

Game changer

The Nexus 7 has won plaudits across the board, for its great build quality and amazingly low price of just £159 for an Android tablet. Many think Apple will announce an iPad mini to compete with Google's 7-inch tablet.

Asus partnered with Google to produce the Nexus 7 in just four months, when usually the design cycle of a product like this is between six and 12 months.

Some early adopters complained the Nexus 7 leaked light from the side of its screen, but Google has since fixed this.


Joe Svetlik

Joe has been writing about tech for 17 years, first on staff at T3 magazine, then in a freelance capacity for Stuff, The Sunday Times Travel Magazine, Men's Health, GQ, The Mirror, Trusted Reviews, TechRadar and many more (including What Hi-Fi?). His specialities include all things mobile, headphones and speakers that he can't justifying spending money on.