Apple’s iPad Mini had a good run as the top dog but consumers in Japan have spoken with their pocketbooks and choosen the ASUS Nexus 7 tablet as their top choice. The Nexus 7 started shipping back in July for $200 and people are taking notice that it is the best bang for their buck when it comes to specifications and pricing.

ASUS Nexus 7 Over Takes iPad Mini in Japan

Nikkei cites market research firm BCN from 2,400 stores across Japan which suggests that the 7″ tablet accounted for 44.4% of all tablet sales in the region.  The iPad Mini was said to account for 40.1%  which puts it in second place.

The big question is if what’s happening in Japan will happen elsewhere, there was actually a recent report that predicted the iPad will dip below 50 percent tablet market share worldwide in mid-2013.

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