"We will start selling Nexus 7 in Indian stores from tomorrow," said Alex Huang, managing director of system business group at ASUS India. Sources said Asus was ready to launch the tablet in India for quite some time but was waiting to get the go ahead from Google.
The Rs 19,999 price is for the Nexus 7 with 16GB storage. The same model sells in the US for $199. Until a few weeks ago, this model used to cost $249 while the one with 8GB storage was sold for $199. But on October 29, Google discontinued the 8GB version of Nexus 7. It reduced the price on 16GB model and introduced a new model with 32GB storage. It also launched the 3G version of Nexus 7 with 32GB storage.
So far Asus has not provided details on the availability of 32GB or 3G versions of Nexus 7 in India.
When Nexus 7 launched in July, it received rave reviews, a rarity for an Android tablets that have struggled to match Apple's iPad. Last week, Asus claimed it was selling nearly one million Nexus 7 tablets per month.
However, despite the success of Nexus 7 and a few other Android tablets like Amazon's Kindle Fire and Samsung's Galaxy Tabs, iPad continues to have the lion's share in market. On Tuesday, research firm IDC revealed that Apple has over 50% share in the tablet market.
Nexus 7 has a 7-inch screen with a resolution of 1280 x 800 pixels. Unlike other Android tablets it runs the non-modified version of Android 4.1 - also called Jelly Bean. It is powered by Nvidia Tegra 3 processor and has 1GB RAM. The tablet has no rear camera but sports a 1.2MP shooter on the front, which can be used to make video calls. The model sold in India supports only Wi-Fi connectivity. It weighs around 340 grams and its battery has been rated for 9.5 hours of use.