Much has been spoken about how the Nexus 7 was initially designed to be a 'Kindle Fire killer' and one of the secret weapons in Google's Nexus 7 arsenal besides the superior specs, superior OS (Jelly Bean) and at least comparable if not superior ecosystem, is the company's ability to go worldwide (at least to English speaking markets) in launching the tablet in a much faster time frame than Amazon. Google has been very clear that both the United Kingdom and Australia will join the U.S. and Canada in the initial Nexus 7 launch with tablets shipping in Mid-July.
The Uk edition of the 8GB Nexus 7 will cost only £159, will be sold exclusively through Google Play and is expected to ship on July 20th. That price basically makes it a screaming deal in a country where tablets are routinely north of £250...for lesser hardware. The 16GB version will follow a couple of weeks later on July 27th for a price of £199 and will be available through such stores as PC World, Comet, Tesco and eBuyer. You'll also be able to pick up the 16GB version through Carphone Warehouse for free on a wi-fi hotspot contract if you choose.
Interestingly, our friends down in Australia will also get both models of the new tablet but for a slight bump in price...although not too bad. The 8GB model of the Nexus 7 will cost $249 and the 16GB version $299. Both will be shipping come mid-July.
Finally, our Canadian friends here in North America can sleep soundly knowing the Canadian Google Play site is already taking orders for their Nexus 7's. The 8GB version costing CA$209 and the 16GB for CA$259 as can be seen in the screen grab above. Both will ship in 2-3 weeks. We wouldn't be surprised to see Google roll out the Nexus 7 in many more countries in short order as they race to extinguish the 'Fire' and become the world's standard in 7 inch tablets.