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Google Confirms $199 Asus Nexus 7 Android Tablet

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Google has officially unveiled its very first own-brand tablet.

We've been hearing rumors about a Google/Asus tablet collaboration for several months now. Today, at Google I/O, the search giant confirmed its partnership with Asus and showed off the fruits of their combined labor: The Asus Nexus 7.

  

As far as hardware is concerned, it seems previously rumored specs were bang on the mark for the Nexus 7. The device boasts a 7-inch, 1280 x 800 HD display, and is packing Nvidia's quad-core Tegra 3 processor under the hood alongside a 12-core GPU and 1GB RAM. The tablet also has 802.11a/b/g/n Wi-Fi (there's not 3G or 4G connectivity here), as well as NFC, GPS, a gyroscope, an accelerometer, a mic, and a 1.2-megapixel camera on the front of the tablet. Google is claiming eight hours of HD video playback, 10 hours of web browsing or 10 hours of e-reading on a single charge.

 

The tablet runs on Android 4.1, also known as Jelly Bean, which Google also announced today. Pricing for the Nexus 7 is right in line with Amazon's Kindle Fire, which looks to be Google's number one competitor right now. As we heard before, pricing is set a $199 for 8GB, while a larger capacity 16GB model will available for $249. Google is also giving customers a free $25 credit for Play Store for a limited time. The tablet is due out in mid-July and can be ordered from the Google Play Store.

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    lascar30 , June 27, 2012 6:33 PM
    Kindle Fire Killer.
  • 18 Hide
    captaincharisma , June 27, 2012 6:44 PM
    Google certainly picked the right company to make a tablet with
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    killabanks , June 27, 2012 6:50 PM
    the new sheriff in town
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  • 23 Hide
    lascar30 , June 27, 2012 6:33 PM
    Kindle Fire Killer.
  • 18 Hide
    captaincharisma , June 27, 2012 6:44 PM
    Google certainly picked the right company to make a tablet with
  • 14 Hide
    killabanks , June 27, 2012 6:50 PM
    the new sheriff in town
  • 14 Hide
    kartu , June 27, 2012 6:50 PM
    sync_nineWhenever you sacrifice price you have to sacrifice quality

    Depends on your profit margins.
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    willard , June 27, 2012 6:53 PM
    sync_nineWhenever you sacrifice price you have to sacrifice quality

    Two words:

    Loss leader.
  • 8 Hide
    derkman , June 27, 2012 7:03 PM
    The Nexus 7(for it's great specs at a great price point) and the Microsoft Surface (for it's productivity) is actually the first time I have actually considered buying a tablet.
  • 8 Hide
    Kryan , June 27, 2012 7:08 PM
    Well, all your comments so far seem anti or neutral...here is me:

    I'm buying this. so Google have my money. And my gf's too. And I might get one for my mom. Tegra 3 gaming and all! :D 
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    kawininjazx , June 27, 2012 7:16 PM
    I just pre ordered my 16GB! It appears that Google Play is all over the thing, kind of like how the Fire has amazon everywhere. They probably don't make much on it, hoping people buy a bunch of Play stuff.
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    hoofhearted , June 27, 2012 7:19 PM
    I'll be getting one. This will be awesome for watching movies while doing cardio at the gym.
  • 6 Hide
    hoofhearted , June 27, 2012 7:26 PM
    Although I would have preferred an SD slot to NFC. Would rather have more movies available than have money removed from me more easily.
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    SinisterMessiah , June 27, 2012 7:27 PM
    I've been waiting for the right tablet to assist with my classwork (reading e-books, etc) because I don't always want to carry my laptop around nor do I want to sit at my computer and read all the time.

    I think this looks like a good option, but the Microsoft Surface intrigues me because of the productivity attributes it will provide. But I fear the cost will be extremely prohibitive.
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    Anonymous , June 27, 2012 7:29 PM
    3 words: Way Too Small!
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    Last I checked there is a huge market for 7" tablets. I guess you don't know there are other tablets out there, with 10" and even 13" screens. I am sorry no one has informed you about any of these larger screen tablets. I guess for some people 7" just isn't enough. So go get yourself a 10" or 13" and enjoy every moment of it
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    kartu , June 27, 2012 7:36 PM
    Andr@idz3 words: Way Too Small! ----------------------------------------------------------------Last I checked there is a huge market for 7" tablets. I guess you don't know there are other tablets out there, with 10" and even 13" screens. I am sorry no one has informed you about any of these larger screen tablets. I guess for some people 7" just isn't enough. So go get yourself a 10" or 13" and enjoy every moment of it


    I already got myself 10.1" tablet by Samsung, thanks.
    If anything, sometimes it feels small, but never big.

    7" is a joke for home use and I'd say too big for mobile use.
    But yeah, it lowers the price quite a bit.
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    fracture , June 27, 2012 7:39 PM
    Ooooh looks very enticing.
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    alexmx , June 27, 2012 7:43 PM
    I was planning on getting a galaxy tab 2 7" but since I'll be getting soon my galaxy nexus phone, I might as well get the tablet
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    gregor , June 27, 2012 7:44 PM
    Shame about the SD slot, but I think that I will be getting one for the wife. Hopefully its not a $=£ conversion although it probably will be :/ 
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    Anonymous , June 27, 2012 7:54 PM
    7 inches is too small for a tablet. This will be a colossal flop and will be off the market in 6 months.
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    klavis , June 27, 2012 8:19 PM
    Wait, it actually has GPS, that's crazy, I've been wanting that for a while. Might have to replace my current tablet in favor of one of these.
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