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
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.

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.

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.

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).

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



1. CX3NT3_713

Posts: 2364; Member since: Apr 18, 2011

Very tempting..... how much?

3. jellytime

Posts: 135; Member since: Dec 05, 2011

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

13. Synack

Posts: 688; Member since: Jul 05, 2011

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

15. Fallout09

Posts: 421; Member since: Oct 17, 2011

Same here!

22. CX3NT3_713

Posts: 2364; Member since: Apr 18, 2011

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

2. nofear

Posts: 151; Member since: Jun 22, 2012

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

4. sony_timescape

Posts: 4; Member since: Jun 27, 2012

5. Zayuh24

Posts: 149; Member since: Nov 21, 2011

It is a beast. Jelly Bean is GREATNESS, it's fluid, and only $200... Time to sell my Kindle Fire

6. Vaidya

Posts: 11; Member since: Jun 20, 2012

why no micro sd?

9. hung2900

Posts: 966; Member since: Mar 02, 2012

Due to the $199 price,

33. sagnessagiel

Posts: 1; Member since: Jun 29, 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.

7. theBankRobber

Posts: 682; Member since: Sep 22, 2011

Does it have a USB port?

8. jmoita2

Posts: 930; Member since: Dec 23, 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...

12. KingKurogiii

Posts: 5713; Member since: Oct 23, 2011

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

14. Zayuh24

Posts: 149; Member since: Nov 21, 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.

10. hung2900

Posts: 966; Member since: Mar 02, 2012

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

11. Jeradiah3

Posts: 1149; Member since: Feb 11, 2010

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

16. snowgator

Posts: 3624; Member since: Jan 19, 2011

iOS announces..... Than WP8.... Than Jelly Bean.... Surface Tablets..... Now this.... "Anything you can do, I can do better....."

17. MorePhonesThanNeeded

Posts: 645; Member since: Oct 23, 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.

35. Saroku

Posts: 5; Member since: Jun 26, 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.

18. matty1323

Posts: 43; Member since: Nov 22, 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!

19. hunted

Posts: 403; Member since: Sep 21, 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 :)

20. xoatomxo

Posts: 57; Member since: Apr 26, 2011

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

21. KingKurogiii

Posts: 5713; Member since: Oct 23, 2011

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

27. xoatomxo

Posts: 57; Member since: Apr 26, 2011

thank you ^^

23. haseebzahid

Posts: 1853; Member since: Feb 22, 2012

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

24. haseebzahid

Posts: 1853; Member since: Feb 22, 2012

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

25. networkdood

Posts: 6330; Member since: Mar 31, 2010

Will AMAZON be selling this?

26. BuddyGlass

Posts: 20; Member since: Jun 11, 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"

28. saiki4116

Posts: 413; Member since: Mar 31, 2011

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

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