Google has announced the launch of its new Android based 7 inch tablet today. Named as the “Nexus 7″, it is being built by a leading hardware manufacturer from Taiwan, ‘Asus’.
The Google Nexus 7 is being offered at an introductory price of US$199 for the 8GB model and $249 for the larger 16 GB storage version. It is already available for pre-order in the US, the UK, Canada and Australia. Initially all customers will get a $25 worth of Google Play credit. Orders are open in the Google Play store for residents of the countries mentioned above, with a reported shipping estimate of mid-July.
Though details are still coming in, but Google has stated that the Nexus 7 will be the first tablet to come equipped with the newest version of Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, which contains apps such as Gmail, YouTube, Google+ and the Chrome browser. As far as the hardware is concerned, the Nexus 7 has a 1 GB RAM and a quad-core Tegra 3 processor. It also has some other goodies like NFC, GPS, a gyroscope and an accelerometer.
The details made available are as follows:
Display and camera
- 7″ 1280×800 HD display (216 ppi)
- Back-lit IPS display
- Scratch-resistant Corning glass
- 1.2MP front-facing camera
- 8 GB or 16GB internal storage
- 1 GB RAM
- Quad-core Tegra 3 processor
- WiFi 802.11 b/g/n
- Micro USB
- 4325 mAh (providing a reported 8 hours of active use)
Dimensions and weight
- 198.5 x 120 x 10.45mm (7.8 x 4.7 x 0.41 in)
- 340g (11.9 oz)
- NFC (Android Beam)