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Google Nexus 7 tablet is announced, 7 inches of Jelly Bean goodness for $199

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Google Nexus 7 tablet is announced, 7 inches of Jelly Bean goodness for $199
Well, what do you know: the Google Nexus 7 tablet just got announced during the opening Google I/O 2012 keynote. The slate has been made in partnership with Asus.

So what is so cool about the Google Nexus 7? Let us start with some hardware specs: just as rumors predicted, a quad-core Tegra 3 processor is what hums underneath its hood, so chances are that performance won't be an issue with this slate. Another thing that the rumor mill managed to nail is the dispay - 1280 by 800 pixels, 7 inches in diagonal. There is a front-facing camera for video chats, and hooking up to the internet is possible via Wi-Fi. NFC connectivity also comes standard. The battery inside the tablet should be capable of providing up to 9 hours of video playback, and if left in stand-by mode, it will take 300 hours before the cell needs a recharge. All of these goodies are encased within a lightweight 340 gram body. Unsurprisingly, Android 4.1 Jelly Bean comes pre-installed.

Google Nexus 7 tablet is announced, 7 inches of Jelly Bean goodness for $199
Google Nexus 7 tablet is announced, 7 inches of Jelly Bean goodness for $199
Google Nexus 7 tablet is announced, 7 inches of Jelly Bean goodness for $199


But hardware is nothing if it isn't backed up by quality software features. The Nexus 7 tablet has been made to get along perfectly with the Google Play store. That is why the content you have purchased is displayed right on your home screen. Speaking of content, magazines are coming to Google Play, in addition to books and movies. Of course, all your digital books, magazines, and video are available for offline use. But what if you are not sure what the next book, movie, or game in your library should be? That choice is being made easier with the newly-added recommendation widgets.

Google Nexus 7 tablet is announced, 7 inches of Jelly Bean goodness for $199
Google Nexus 7 tablet is announced, 7 inches of Jelly Bean goodness for $199
Google Nexus 7 tablet is announced, 7 inches of Jelly Bean goodness for $199


By the way, have you ever thought that the stock web browser in Android leaves a lot to be desired? Then you would be pleased to know that Google Chrome is the default web browser on the Google Nexus 7. Another software tweak that is more than welcome is the redesigned YouTube app, which has been optimized for use on a tablet. But that is not all: the Maps application has been tweaked as well, offering more detailed information about the places you are viewing. But most importantly, map data can be stored for offline use.

Google Nexus 7 tablet is announced, 7 inches of Jelly Bean goodness for $199
Google Nexus 7 tablet is announced, 7 inches of Jelly Bean goodness for $199
Google Nexus 7 tablet is announced, 7 inches of Jelly Bean goodness for $199


Gaming, anyone? The Google Nexus 7 has you covered. After all, that Tegra 3 processor has plenty of processing power that can be put to good use, you know. During the presentation, Dead Trigger was shown off, which is an intensive first-person shooter optimized for Tegra 3 devices. Seeing such a title running on this tablet is impressive, considering how much it costs (more on that in a bit).

Google Nexus 7 tablet is announced, 7 inches of Jelly Bean goodness for $199
Google Nexus 7 tablet is announced, 7 inches of Jelly Bean goodness for $199
Google Nexus 7 tablet is announced, 7 inches of Jelly Bean goodness for $199


By this time, we bet you are wondering how much that Google Nexus 7 tablet will set you back. Well, not much, considering what you are getting. The tablet is available for pre-order from the Google Play store bearing a $200 price tag. That is for the 8GB model, and if you prefer the one with 16GB of storage, prepare to spend $250. In addition, $25 worth of Google Play store content will be thrown in as a bonus. Interested? Then head over to the Google Play store and check it out. Your order should arrive at your doorstep by mid-July.

Images courtesy of The Verge






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posted on 27 Jun 2012, 12:36

1. CX3NT3_713 (Posts: 1667; Member since: 18 Apr 2011)


Very tempting..... how much?

posted on 27 Jun 2012, 12:41 1

3. jellytime (Posts: 135; Member since: 05 Dec 2011)


You mean the price?
Well then they said it will only cost you 199 dollars

posted on 27 Jun 2012, 13:20 3

13. Synack (Posts: 660; Member since: 05 Jul 2011)


I just bought the Nexus 7 with two day shipping :)

posted on 27 Jun 2012, 13:25 3

15. Fallout09 (Posts: 413; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)


Same here!

posted on 27 Jun 2012, 14:04 4

22. CX3NT3_713 (Posts: 1667; Member since: 18 Apr 2011)


Looks like iTrollz are thumbing down again,,, sore losers lol

posted on 27 Jun 2012, 12:41 5

2. nofear (Posts: 149; Member since: 22 Jun 2012)


WIFI version $150-200. Android OS on fire!

posted on 27 Jun 2012, 12:44

4. sony_timescape (Posts: 4; Member since: 27 Jun 2012)


here is the video:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8_4wKYvHgBM

posted on 27 Jun 2012, 12:50 9

5. Zayuh24 (Posts: 148; Member since: 21 Nov 2011)


It is a beast. Jelly Bean is GREATNESS, it's fluid, and only $200...

Time to sell my Kindle Fire

posted on 27 Jun 2012, 12:51

6. Vaidya (Posts: 11; Member since: 20 Jun 2012)


why no micro sd?

posted on 27 Jun 2012, 13:14

9. hung2900 (Posts: 776; Member since: 02 Mar 2012)


Due to the $199 price,

posted on 29 Jun 2012, 21:19

33. sagnessagiel (Posts: 1; Member since: 29 Jun 2012)


Well, why does the Nook Tablet and Color have it? Similar, and sometimes better price too, even with the Nexus 7's hardware.

And I wouldn't mind paying that extra dollar for any kind of sd card reader. Seriously, in bulk, it is loose change. It is definitely not about cost.

Just like the Kindle Fire, it's about trying to force users into their experimental cloud. I am dead set suspicious about any cloud computing crap, especially after I tried a Kindle Fire out for myself.

Notwithstanding all the problems that come in with entrusting your data to the internet, the reality is that:

Anything that depends on a connection on a WiFi-only device just doesn't work. It's nowhere near as fast, definitely not as flexible, and absolutely not dependable. If you're traveling on airplanes, going to hotels that make you pay, you're screwed. You can't switch storage out either.

With videos growing in quality, content mushrooming in size, anyone who tries to tell that you don't need much more than 5.6GBs local is horribly misinformed. Unless, of course, you use it at home all day, to which I say, get a real computer.

posted on 27 Jun 2012, 13:09

7. theBankRobber (Posts: 645; Member since: 22 Sep 2011)


Does it have a USB port?

posted on 27 Jun 2012, 13:12 2

8. jmoita2 (Posts: 930; Member since: 23 Dec 2011)


Pretty awesome specs altogether. Kindle now has a serious contender with this one. I'm getting me one asap. Still wishing for that micro sd, though...

posted on 27 Jun 2012, 13:20 1

12. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5554; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)


EVERYONE has a serious competitor now. even the iPad is going to get thrown under the rug for this one.

posted on 27 Jun 2012, 13:23

14. Zayuh24 (Posts: 148; Member since: 21 Nov 2011)


The only reason it doesn't have a micro SD slot is to keep the price low. But I hear there's a 16gb one for $249. I'll probably end up with that one to get my N.O.V.A. 3 fix and all of my kindle books.

posted on 27 Jun 2012, 13:15

10. hung2900 (Posts: 776; Member since: 02 Mar 2012)


Samsung released Galaxy Tab 2 too late. Nobody wanna buy it anymore.

posted on 27 Jun 2012, 13:18

11. Jeradiah3 (Posts: 977; Member since: 11 Feb 2010)


The Nexus 7 looks good!! Id get it when its available and im looking forward to having Jelly Bean on Mobile devices

posted on 27 Jun 2012, 13:25 4

16. snowgator (Posts: 3197; Member since: 19 Jan 2011)


iOS announces..... Than WP8.... Than Jelly Bean....

Surface Tablets..... Now this....

"Anything you can do, I can do better....."

posted on 27 Jun 2012, 13:32

17. MorePhonesThanNeeded (Posts: 618; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)


Does no one on here know how to use WiFi in their own home networks to move data around should you need to? SD Cards are nice to have but they cut it on this for price savings, but you can always connect via WiFi to move large amounts of data to your home storage you know or just save it in the cloud. I would like a Sd Card slot but at this price point this thing is practically a steal, might get me one just for school purposes.

posted on 20 Oct 2012, 04:38

35. Saroku (Posts: 2; Member since: 26 Jun 2012)


What? You buy an SD Card with your own money, google would not have to pay for that. Even cheap 50$ phoness have an SD slot, so its not about price saving. I don't like it how google wants the people to believe something so cheap is expensive.

posted on 27 Jun 2012, 13:34

18. matty1323 (Posts: 25; Member since: 22 Nov 2011)


The link is below from the Google Play store for pre-order. The question I have is the option for MicroSD slot or not?! The 8GB is $200 and the 16GB is $250, so if 16GB is the largest capacity, there better be a MicroSD slot. Also is the MicroUSB mentioned using the MHL adapter for video output? They obviously can hook it up to an external display per the demo. C'mon google, post these answers!

https://play.google.com/store/devices/details?id=nexus_7_16gb

posted on 27 Jun 2012, 13:41

19. hunted (Posts: 312; Member since: 21 Sep 2011)


Awesome, now i can buy one instead of kindle fire. Thank you google. Plus one wish for me, make a nexus phone with Sony this year with Jelly Bean :)

posted on 27 Jun 2012, 13:41

20. xoatomxo (Posts: 57; Member since: 26 Apr 2011)


which is better?
Galaxy tab 2 or Nexus 7 Tablet?

posted on 27 Jun 2012, 13:57 1

21. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5554; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)


Galaxy Tab 2 (7.0, 10.1) < Nexus 7 < Galaxy Note 10.1

posted on 27 Jun 2012, 15:14

27. xoatomxo (Posts: 57; Member since: 26 Apr 2011)


thank you ^^

posted on 27 Jun 2012, 14:09 2

23. haseebzahid (Posts: 1812; Member since: 22 Feb 2012)


So another TOY by Google buhahahah bring something more of real value

posted on 27 Jun 2012, 14:12 1

24. haseebzahid (Posts: 1812; Member since: 22 Feb 2012)


Technically no way near Windows8 Surface and good prices for a toy

posted on 27 Jun 2012, 14:16

25. networkdood (Posts: 6260; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)


Will AMAZON be selling this?

posted on 27 Jun 2012, 14:57

26. BuddyGlass (Posts: 20; Member since: 11 Jun 2012)


Pre-ordered mine, 8gb, $232.69 after tax & shipping. "You will not be charged until your order has shipped. Will ship in 2-3 weeks"

posted on 27 Jun 2012, 15:44

28. saiki4116 (Posts: 334; Member since: 31 Mar 2011)


I am sold,if only google releases it India soon....

posted on 27 Jun 2012, 15:45 1

29. cheeseycheeser (Posts: 377; Member since: 24 Mar 2011)


My iPad 1 is getting kinda old... and the fact it's not getting iOS 6 has me squirming. At only $200 I really might look into this!

posted on 27 Jun 2012, 16:17 1

30. rsiders (Posts: 236; Member since: 17 Nov 2011)


Definitely getting one! This will complete my OS ownership. Windows 8 phone. 4th Gen iPod Touch. Nexus 7 tablet. Yes!

posted on 27 Jun 2012, 19:53 1

31. andyboi_ph (Posts: 101; Member since: 26 Mar 2012)


OMG, i hope it gets to ASIA asap... love the specs and the jellybean flavor..

posted on 27 Jun 2012, 21:47 4

32. tarozeero (Posts: 16; Member since: 07 Jun 2012)


One word:

Surface.

Bring on the thumbs down!

posted on 01 Jul 2012, 10:00

34. Raymond_htc (Posts: 430; Member since: 06 Apr 2012)


Android ur improving drastically! go show apple whos da boss!

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