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.