Thanks to a number of leaks during the weeks prior to the annual Google Developers event, this isn’t much of a surprise, but at least it’s official now. Google has formally introduced the Nexus 7, the much-rumored 7-inch, Asus-built tablet that looks all set to take on Amazon’s Kindle Fire with a $199 price tag to match.
Running on Android 4.1 Jelly Bean and designed for heavy Google Play use, the Nexus 7 is basically a tablet that’s built to play media files from Google’s services. The spec list confirms what has been revealed in prior leaks, packing in a quad-core Tegra 3 processor, a 12-core GPU, 1GB RAM, as well as the usual Wi-fi and Bluetooth along with NFC tech (there’s no 3G/4G version though) – all packed inside a compact travel-friendly frame that weighs only 340 grams.
The slate is fronted by a 7-inch, 1280 x 800 IPS screen that features Asus TruVivid display tech, and a 1.2-megapixel front-facing camera under Corning’s FIT glass, while the rear plate hides a 4325mAh battery that’s listed to last for eight hours. Sensors include an accelerometer, magnetometer, gyroscope, and GPS. The tablet is also detailed to be the first Android device to ship with Chrome as the standard mobile browser.
The Nexus 7 starts at $199 for the base 8GB model, while the top-end 16GB model costs $249. It’s currently up for pre-orders on Google Play store, and is set to start shipping in mid-July.