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Google Confirms $199 Asus Nexus 7 Android 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
    Kindle Fire Killer.
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  • sync_nine
    Whenever you sacrifice price you have to sacrifice quality
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  • captaincharisma
    Google certainly picked the right company to make a tablet with
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  • killabanks
    the new sheriff in town
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  • kartu
    3 words: Way Too Small!
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  • kartu
    sync_nineWhenever you sacrifice price you have to sacrifice qualityDepends on your profit margins.
    Reply
  • willard
    sync_nineWhenever you sacrifice price you have to sacrifice qualityTwo words:

    Loss leader.
    Reply
  • derkman
    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.
    Reply
  • Kryan
    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
    Reply
  • kawininjazx
    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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