Google Nexus 7 tablet available through Staples

The retail vendor is the latest outlet to offer Google's new 7-inch tablet, now available for preorder before hitting the shelves later this month.

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Consumers eyeing Google's new Nexus 7 tablet now have another choice of retailer.

Staples announced yesterday that it will carry both models of the new tablet -- the 8GB version for $199 and the 16GB edition for $249.

The Nexus 7 is currently available for preorder through the Staples Web site, an offer good until July 11.

Staples expects to ship the tablet between July 12 and July 17. Consumers can opt to have the tablet delivered to their homes or to their nearest Staples store. Either way, shipping is free.

Potential buyers who'd like to play with the Nexus 7 first can wait until later this month when the tablet arrives on the shelves of Staples stores.

"We are thrilled to offer early availability of this amazing new product," Mike Edwards, executive vice president of retail merchandising for Staples, said in a statement. "We invite customers to come in and experience a live demonstration of Nexus 7 at one of our U.S. locations or enjoy the convenience of free shipping when ordering on Staples.com."

Staples joins Google itself and GameStop as the latest major outlet to offer the Nexus 7.

Preorders are available through all three vendors. Google kicks in a charge for shipping, while Staples and GameStop both ship for free.

Among the three, GameStop seems to offer the best deal since it also allows you to trade in used games and other products in exchange for a credit good toward the purchase of the tablet.

Unveiled late last month at Google's I/O conference, the Nexus 7 comes with Android 4.1 Jelly Bean , a 1,280x800 pixel HD display, an Nvidia Tegra 3 quad-core processor, and a 1.2-megapixel front-facing camera.

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