Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls, Google has finally unveiled the specifications and features of it’s much rumored 7-inch tablet. Google Nexus 7 is the new tablet offering for the internet search giant. The Google Nexus 7 specs and features were unveiled earlier today at the annual Google I/O conference in San Francisco, California. Without further ado, let’s jump right in to it after the break.
Google traditionally partners with a hardware manufacturer for the various products it releases. For Nexus 7 tablet, it has partnered with ASUS, which on the face of it has done a pretty good job of manufacturing this nifty little tablet. Bear in mind though that currently the 7-inch tablet market is dominated by Amazon’s Kindle Fire. Surely Google is looking forward to steal a considerable amount of it’s market share.
Google boasts that this is the first ever 7-inch tablet to sport a quad-core NVIDIA Tegra 3 1.3GHz processor coupled with 1GB of RAM. Graphics for the 7-inch 1280×800 IPS display will be provided by a 12 core NVIDIA GeFore GPU. The display is said to be really crisp with great viewing angles. Google claims to have waged a war against lag and has therefore worked quite hard in making this tablet stand out in terms of performance. Surely the quad-core processor will allow smooth performance in all aspects.
Nexus 7 contains the usual slew on connectivity options like Bluetooth and WiFi. NFC is also on board which means users will be able to take advantage of services such as Google Wallet. There is a front facing camera of 1.2 megapixels while this tablet sports no rear facing camera. This apparently has been done in a bid to keep manufacturing costs at bay. Furthermore Google has also altered two of it’s native Android apps specifically for this tablet. YouTube and Maps app have been customized to offer a greater user experience on Nexus 7.
Google Nexus 7 tablet is available for order right now from the Google Play Store. Shipping is expected to begin in the second week of July. As previously mentioned, this tablet has been created in order to knock Kindle Fire out of the ballpark. So it has been moderately priced with the 8GB model going for $199 and the 16GB one for $249. Nexus 7 will be available in black and white colors. There’s more to the deal. The tablet will come with $25 of Google Play Store credit, the latest Transformers: Dark of the Moon film, The Bourne Dominion as well subscriptions to Popular Science magazine and others.
Consumer reaction to this product will obviously be gauged after the Google Nexus 7 hits shelves mid-July. By the looks of it though, this tablet can very well prove to be a good competitor for Kindle Fire, which regardless of being priced at $200, is not a full fledged Android tablet.