Google have taken the keynote of the Google I/O 2012 conference to reveal the Nexus 7 tablet. Built for Google by ASUS, it packs version 4.1 Jelly Bean of the Android operating system and is positioned to take on the Kindle Fire at a mere $199 in the US.
Thin and light at just 340grams, the Nexus 7 has a 7 inch 1280×800 HD display, powered by a quad-core Nvidia Tegra 3 chipset and 12 core GPU. A front facing camera for Google Hangouts is onboard, while Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and NFC connectivity all make the cut. Battery life is good for 8 hours of HD video playback.
Google are heavily pushing the device’s gaming and media capabilities, shipping the tablet with a pre-installed copy of “Transformers: Dark of the Moon” as well as several e-books, and a $25 coupon for grabbing games from the Google Play app store.
Taking pre-orders now, the tablet is expected to ship in mid-July.
UK pricing sees the 8GB version of the tablet sell for just £159, while the 16GB hits £199.
The specs in full follow:
– 7-inch 1280 x 800 HD display (216 ppi)
– Back-lit IPS display
– Scratch-resistant Corning glass
– 1.2mp front-facing camera
– 198.5 x 120 x 10.45mm
– WiFi 802.11 b/g/n
– 8/16 GB internal storage
– 1 GB RAM
– Micro USB
– 4325mAh (Up to 8 hours of active use)
– Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean)
– Quad-core Tegra 3 processor
– MicrophoneNFC (Android Beam)