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GameStop Taking Nexus 7 Tablet Pre-Orders, Trade-In Bonus

GameStop announced on Friday that starting Saturday, the company will begin accepting trades on a wide range of Android tablets. The retail chain will also start taking pre-orders on the upcoming $249 16 GB version of the Google Nexus 7 tablet.

With the Nexus 7, Google has seemingly knocked Amazon to the ground in the Android playground, rubbing its face in the dirt with the new "Google Experience" tablet, showing who's currently still the Android boss. Produced by Asus, the Nexus 7 packs high-end hardware like the quad-core Tegra 3 SoC, 1 GB of RAM, a 7-inch 1280 x 800 HD IPS screen, Bluetooth, 802.11 b/g/n connectivity, NFC technology, microHDMI out and more. Amazon's Kindle Fire doesn't even have volume buttons.

That said, Google's Nexus 7 will be an ideal gaming gadget for several reasons. One, OnLive offers its app on Google Play which streams popular PC and console games directly to the tablet; the OnLive Wireless Controller should work with the device via a Bluetooth connection. Second, Nvidia has established TegraZone which features games optimized for the high-end Tegra SoC like Max Payne Mobile, Shadowgun, Sonic 4 Episode II and more.

Beginning Saturday, consumers can pre-order the Nexus 7 at all U.S. GameStop stores. GameStop customers can also take advantage of a 30-percent trade bonus on all items traded towards the pre-order of the Nexus 7. This includes trades of video game hardware, software and accessories as well as "iDevices" (iPad, iPod Touch, iPhone).

GameStop is also offering instant cash or in-store credit for Android tablets from a variety of top brands. Trade values, ranging up to $250 in-store credit or $200 cash, are based on model, memory size and physical condition. GameStop also provides a recycling option to help consumers properly dispose of non-working or damaged tablets.

"We’ve seen great consumer enthusiasm for our recommerce initiatives, particularly our iDevice trade program that launched last fall," stated GameStop president Tony Bartel. "With the increasing popularity of Android tablets and the emerging multiscreen gaming trend, this is the ideal time to expand the program to meet the needs of our hybrid customers."

Just announced earlier this week at Google I/O 2012, the Nexus 7 will be the first tablet to feature the latest Android OS, v4.1 AKA "Jelly Bean." It will be available for $249 in mid-July.