Google Nexus 7 16GB now available from £180.50

Comet is selling the 16GB Nexus 7 tablet for only £180.50, almost £19 off its original suggested retail price after using the code 5VC at checkout. That’s also only £20 more than the 8GB model.

The price cut comes just days before Apple looks set to unveil a new cheaper iPad mini on 23 October, a tablet that will compete with the Nexus 7.

The latter was introduced in July but had a massive impact on the Android tablet market almost overnight, forcing rival manufacturers like Acer and Samsung to either cut prices of their existing tablets, exit that segment or introduce new models.

The Nexus 7 comes with a quad-core system-on-chip, the Nvidia Tegra 3, clocked at 1.2GHz with 1GB of RAM, a 7in display with a 1,280 x 800 resolution, up to eight hours of battery life, Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, Wi-Fi, a front facing camera and a USB port.

However, there’s no card reader and no HDMI out either, which might put off some users, although in theory both problems can be fairly easily avoided.

A 32GB model of the Nexus 7, costing £199.99, has already been spotted in the Christmas Gift catalogue of Argos, which means that it will go on sale imminently.