June 18, 2012 | by Andrew Kameka
It’s becoming increasingly clear that we’re going to hear, see, and maybe even touch a Nexus 7 tablet when Google I/O 2012 kicks off next week. Supposedly, we don’t even have to wait until then to see what kind of camera that new Android tablet will sport.
An image posted to Picasa contains EXIF data containing “Nexus 7″ in the model field. No big deal; EXIF data could be faked and used to troll a bunch of snoopy tech bloggers, right? Sure, but that’s probably not what’s happening here. The data also shows that it was built by ASUS and the photo was taken at Building 44, the office on Google’s campus that houses the Android team. Somit has blocked showing who has him in Google+ Circles, but TheVerge reports seeing “people seemingly affiliated with Google” previously.
Somit’s posts since last year have all been teasing photos taken with devices, so perhaps this all an elaborate game he’s playing with us. Either way, all will be revealed within the next 12 days. That’s when we’ll find out how much truth there is to the rumors that Google has tapped ASUS to produce a low-cost tablet that still has very respectable specs. The device, which is designed to compete with the Kindle Fire and introduce more customers to the Android ecosystem through tablets, will reportedly cost $199 or less. It will have an NVIDIA Tegra quad-core processor based on NVIDIA’s Kai reference platform.
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