June 27, 2012 | by Andrew Kameka
So, the Google Nexus tablet does exist after all. Only, it’s not called that; it’s the Nexus 7. (Semantics!)
After months of speculation, leaks, and cookie crumb trails pointing to the existence of a 7-inch tablet screen meant to challenge the Amazon Kindle Fire on the budget tablet front, Google has finally confirmed what we already knew.
The Nexus 7 is a light tablet with a big bevel and a quad-core processor. The device is a next step in Google’s efforts to make Android a more powerful mobile option, only this time it’s doing it directly rather than through partners. Based on the Kai reference design – which is NVIDIA’s low-cost, high-quality example of how to manufacture a tablet with solid specs and a favorable price tag – the tablet will launch for only $199 starting today, with a $25 credit to spend in Google Play. (ships in mid July in US, Canada, UK, and Australia)
Much like the Fire, the Nexus 7 has a 7-inch screen that is designed to be portable but still large enough for the consumption of media content. The display has a 1280×800 resolution, and access to books, music, movies, magazines, and apps thanks to its link to Google Play. It also has a much more powerful gaming backbone thanks to the inclusion of the quad-core NVIDIA Tegra 3 processor (quad core CPU, 12 core GPU) and 1 GB of RAM, and options for 8 GB or 32 GB of internal storage. . The 4-Plus-1 architecture also enables an advertised 8 hours of battery life.
Android 4.1 Jelly Bean OS
WiFi, Bluetooth, and NFC
Up to 9 hours of video playback, up to 300 hours standby
Tegra 3 processor