We’ve been hearing rumors about the possibility of Google introducing its own Android tablet for some time now and we were also sure what to expect. We heard that it comes with solid hardware and price point that had the potential to make it a Kindle Fire-killer. Finally, the wait is over. This morning at the Google I/O, the company has officially unveiled first-ever Google tablet called Nexus 7, made by Asus. The tablet has a 1280×800 HD resolution, weighs 11.9 ounces, and runs the new Android 4.1 Jelly Bean OS. The Google Nexus 7 will not be capable of 3G access. It’s an Wi-Fi only device.
Itching for specs? Here’s the list of the specs of the Google Nexus 7:
# 7-inch backlit IPS LCD display with 1280 X 800 pixels of resolution.
# Protected by scratch-resistant Corning Gorilla Glass.
# Nvidia Tegra 3 quad-core processor clocked at 1.3GHz.
# Android 4.1 Jelly Bean OS.
# 1GB RAM, 12-Core nVidia GeForce GPU.
# 1.2MP front-facing camera – capable of shooting 720p video.
# Wi-Fi a/b/g/n, Bluetooth, NFC connectivity, and preinstalled Google Wallet app
# 4325mAh battery for 8 hours video playback time and 30 hours of standby time.
# Preinstalled YouTube HD app, a custom Google Maps app, Chrome browser.
As you can see in the images, the tablet sports a phone-like interface, not Android’s dedicated tablet-optimized interface. The real kicker, however, is the price. Google Nexus 7 tablet can be had for just $199.99 on an 8GB version, while the 16GB edition checks in at $249.99. The Asus-built Google Nexus 7 tablet’s landing page is now live and filled with several pictures and additional details. The device is now up for pre-order in UK, US, Canada and Australia at Google Play store.
Google is also offering a $25 Play Store credit, Transformers: Dark of the Moon, The Bourne Dominion ebook, and several magazines for Nexus 7 tablet buyers.