Despite Apple’s (AAPL) attempts to single out the Nexus 7 as an inferior tablet to its iPad miniGoogle’s (GOOG) 7-inch slate continues to sell very well, especially now that it starts at $249 for a 32GB model. According to Digitimes, global shipments and sales of the Nexus 7 are expected to exceed 1 million units in December, up from between 800,000 and 900,000 units shipped in November, as notebook sales continue to slide.

Quanta Computer, a supply chain company based in Taiwan, says it expects to ship “2-3 million Nexus’ ” in the fourth quarter this year.

Digitimes also notes that 7-inch tablets are seeing “booming sales in the peak sales period before the year-end holidays” with iPad mini orders seeing overwhelming demand. And while Amazon (AMZN) doesn’t release actual sales figures for its Kindle Fire tablets, Quanta said it expects to ship “3-4 million Kindle Fires” in Q4 2012.

Raymond Wong is a technology reporter with a passion for cutting-edge gadgets and clean design. He first realized his love for technology when he burned through so many AA batteries on the original Game Boy that scraping battery acid off it became the norm.