The Google Nexus 7 tablet is made by Asus, which is a Taiwanese company. According to an Asus exec, monthly sales of the Android-based tablet are closing in on 1 million units each month. The tablet has a seven-inch screen and a low starting price of $199.
You might think that Asus and Google would want to brag about their tablet and how many units are selling, but the duo has been vague on actual sales figures. Asus executives recently offered the clearest indication of sales volume yet during their Q3 earnings conference held yesterday. Asus CFO David Chang told the Wall Street Journal that in the beginning about 500,000 units were sold each month.
Chang then continued stating that the number increased to in the area of 600,000 to 700,000 units per month and last month sales figures were close to 1 million units. Previous sales estimates indicated Q3 sales in the area of 800,000 to 1,000,000 units based on an analysis of Google's revenue figures. One reason Asus and Google aren't bragging about the sales numbers for the Nexus 7 could be that compared to the iPad, sales are not that great.
Apple sold 14 million iPads in Q3 out of 25 million tablets sold globally. Google recently announced two more Nexus devices, including a Nexus 10 tablet and a Nexus 4 smartphone. The tablet will go for $399 with 16 gigabytes of storage, and the phone will sell for $299 without a contract.