At Google's I/O Developer Conference 2012 , Google officially unveiled its new Nexus 7 tablet. The 7-inch tablet is the first and currently only device shipping with Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, and takes advantage of its optimization for smaller tablet screens, magazines and movies.
The Nexus 7 tablet is built by ASUS and here are some of the key specifications:
- Google Android 4.1 Jelly Bean.
- Quad-core Tegra 3 processor running at 1.3Ghz.
- 1.2-megapixel front camera.
- Near field communication (NFC) capability.
- An in-plane switching (IPS) LCD screen with 1280 x 800 pixels is a trait found in pricier tablets.
The Nexus 7 tablet prices are as follows:
- 8GB model - $199
- 16GB model - $249
The Nexus 7 tablet includes a $25 Google Play credit and a slew of bundled content.
There's no SD card slot, however.
The Nexus 7 tablet is available for ordering through Google Play (and possibly local stores) in Australia, Canada, the UK and the US with a mid-July shipping window.
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Complete Asus Nexus 7 Tablet Specifications
PostPCNation found about Google's Asus Nexus 7 tablet prior to the I/O Developers Conference 2012 and provided the following specifications video:
COMMENTARY: This is the presentation video from the 2012 Google I/O keynote, where Google announced they will be releasing a new tablet, called the Nexus 7. The Google Nexus 7 will be manufactured by Asus, has a 7" screen with 1280 x 800 resolution, and will use a Tegra 3 processor. The device will cost $199, is available to order today through the Google Play store, and will ship in July.
Although Google claims that the Asus Nexus 7 tablet is competing against Amazon's Kindle Fire 7-inch tablet, the Nexus 7 is a superior tablet, so I don't see the Kindle Fire as its chief target. The Google cloud is becoming more Apple iCloud-like everytime I look at it. I still believe that Google will eventually take on the iPad. And why not, it has 500,000 apps, 250,000 developers, Google cloud to support Music, movies and mobile apps, plus synchronization on any Android mobile device. It's starting to look more Apple-like to me. I thik what we are seeing is the transformation of Google from a pure-play search and software company to a hardware company, with control over the entire Android ecosystem. Yup, I think Google is after Apple, not right now, but definitely by 2013.