Google's Nexus 7 tablet is set to clock over 5 million units shipped this year, according to a report in Digitimes.
The report quotes "Taiwan-based players in the supply chain" to say that strong holiday sales are expected to push the number of Nexus 7 units shipped over the 5 million mark, double that of Google's initial expectations of selling 2.5 million units this year.
At the end of the second quarter, Google expected shipments of 2.5 million Nexus 7s in 2012 but since then it has continually placed additional orders in view of booming sales, with the cumulative shipment volume in 2012 will reach 5.0 million units based on orders released, according to Taiwan-based players in the supply chain.
While international vendors usually place orders for shipments to peak in October and November to meet year-end peak demand beginning in late November, Nexus 7 shipments are expected to remain at a high level of 700,000-1,000,000 units in both November and December, the sources pointed out.
Google unveiled the $199 Nexus 7 tablet
back in June. The tablet comes with 7-inch IPS display screen with a 1280x800 resolution and is powered by 1.3GHz Nvidia Tegra 3 processor. Other features of the tablet include 1GB RAM, 1.2-megapixel front camera and 4325mAh battery.
Initially, a variant of the tablet with 8GB storage was being sold for $199, but the model was recently discontinued in favour of the 16GB
variant at the same price. Google also added a 32GB variant
of the Wi-Fi only tablet for $249, while a 3G variant with 32GB storage was also introduced
The tablet made its India debut earlier this month
for a launch price of Rs. 19,999.
The Nexus 7 has seen strong sales
since launch, with recent reports indicating a million Nexus 7 units are being shipped every month.
Google Nexus 7 in pics