Given the gushing enthusiasm that seemed to accompany each and every second-gen Nexus 7 leak in the past six months, you’d think now that it’s out and about, no one could shut up about it. And yet I have to say things are unusually quiet on the N7-2 front.

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Which is probably why Digitimes, after consulting its notorious and somewhat controversial “sources with Taiwan’s supply chain”, is estimating the new 7-inch tablet will only ship in 3.5 million units on a global scale by the end of the year.

That’s not bad, mind you, and is actually a “score” most Android tablets would pride themselves to achieve. But since the 2012 version of the N7 sold in roughly 4.5 million units in 2012 and 7 mil overall, it’s kind of underwhelming. More so when putting into balance the new slate is not much pricier than the old one while being a lot more powerful, sleeker and boasting a sensational display.

On the other hand, you shouldn’t understand the world doesn’t want the N7 2 period. It’s more like China can’t get it, following their government’s infamous conflict with Big G, so that’s one reason for the grim forecast.

Two, the market for budget-friendly smallish Android tablets has become extremely crowded and competitive, with Asus themselves cannibalizing Nexus 7 sales by heavily advertising devices such as the MeMo Pad HD 7.

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And three, if I may add, Apple is expected to come out with at least one new iPad Mini by the end of 2013. We don’t know yet how it’ll look, but potential tablet adopters are most certainly waiting for it to make up their minds.

On a somewhat unrelated note, we have good news for folks looking to score the second-gen N7 as soon as possible in the UK. One little retailer going by the name of eBuyer “guarantees” delivery of the device on August 24, which is a lot earlier than previously rumored ETAs (i.e.: September 13).

£200 will be the slate’s starting price with the seller, including VAT, whereas the 32 GB, Wi-Fi only variant is expected to cost 40 quid more. Meanwhile, other European countries might get the 7-inch Nexus on August 29, though that’s not been officially confirmed yet.

Via [Digitimes] and [Unwired View]