After months of speculation, the Google Nexus 7 tablet has been proven to be real. Google just took the lid off the Nexus 7 tablet, the first device to showcase the newest version of Android called Jelly Bean.
The Google Nexus 7 is made by Asus and will retail for as low as $199, about the same price as the Amazon Kindle Fire. The difference is, the Nexus 7 offers way better hardware and specs. The Nexus 7 has a 7-inch 1280 x 800 high-definition display and will run on a quad-core Tegra 3 processor. The rest of the specs include a GeForce 12-core GPU, a 1.2 megapixel front-facing camera, integrated NFC and 1GB of RAM. Google claims that the battery on the Nexus 7 lasts up to 9 hours on video playback. That’s quite impressive.
Google says that the Nexus 7 is made for Google Play. As such, Google Play store content gets highlighted and Google even introduced a recommendations engine and custom recommendation widgets. This is quite similar to the strategy done by Amazon with its Kindle Fire tablet. Google also revealed that the Nexus 7 will be the first device to ship with a mobile version the Chrome web browser. It will also feature the latest version of Google Maps which now can be used offline.
The 8GB Google Nexus 7 tablet retails for $199 while the 16GB version is priced at $249. It will come in black and white colors. It’s now available on preorder and will ship in July in the U.S., Canada and Australia.
Watch this for more on the Google Nexus 7 and Jelly Bean OS.