Google has officially unveiled its first branded 7 inch Android tablet dubbed – Google Nexus 7, the device is manufactured by electronics giant – ASUS and was revealed during this years Google I/O 2012 event being held at Moscone West Convention Center, San Francisco.
As you could have guessed, the Nexus 7 features a seven inch IPS touch-screen display with a resolution of 1280×800 pixels, and is impressively powered by a 1.3GHz quad-core Tegra 3 chip with 1GB of RAM and 12 core ultra-low voltage nVidia GeForce GPU.
The Nexus 7 will be available in two internal storage flavours – an 8GB model which is priced at $199 and a 16GB model which will cost $249, despite the updated and capable hardware, Google managed to keep the price of the Nexus 7 impressively low. The first Google Nexus tablet will run the latest Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean) and will be preloaded with Google’s in-house apps.
The 7-inch powerhouse includes Wi-Fi a/b/g/n, Bluetooth and NFC connectivity, but sadly though, there isn’t a 3G model available, but obviously keeping the price as low as possible was key here.
That’s also the reason there isn’t a camera at the back, and only a 1.2MP front-facing snapper. However, it’s capable of shooting 720p video.
Measuring in at 198.5x120x10.5mm, the Nexus 7 weighs in at 340 grams, which is not bad when compared to its size.
In retrospect the Google Nexus 7 is an amazing piece of hardware for a pretty decent price, its close competitor – the Amazon Kindle will be having a hard time, indeed.
No information on pricing or availability for South Africa yet, so hopefully Google will get its latest gadget to us ASAP.