Google has for months been rumored to be launching a tablet. It looks like rumors were true. Revealed at the Google I/O Conference today, Google is releasing its tablet know as the Google Nexus 7.
The company has partnered with Asus and the tablet has both Asus and Nexus branding on the back of the unit. It will be priced at a level, which will help it compete with the $199 Amazon Kindle Fire. It comes with a 7-inch 1,289 x 800 HD display, “scratch-resistant Corning glass”. According to Google, it’s running the Tegra 3 processor, Wi-Fi connectivity, as well as Bluetooth and near-field communication support are also included in the device. Moreover, the device will come in 8GB and 16GB variants, with a 1.2 megapixel, front facing camera for video calling, a 1GB of RAM and a 4,325mAh battery i.e, nine hours of battery life .
And like that, Google is officially in the tablet hardware business. In general, a tablet’s three biggest costs are the screen, the memory and the processor. Together, those three component might make up 60% to 70% of a tablet’s costs, said Jack Gold, an analyst at J. Gold Associates. Pricing is inline with the rumors. The 8GB will go for $199 with the 16GB hitting at $249. For a limited time, buyers will get $25 in Google Play store credit with the purchase.
However, there is one area where there seems to be a compromise, that is, the lack of a rear camera. To some it may sound horrible but to others, taking pictures with a tablet may sound silly. Google expects that this will not be judged too harshly by the new customers to come.
Google is taking pre-orders now with shipping expected in 2-3 weeks, in mid July, with Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. It is an extremely powerful device for your money that will have the power of Google backing it for updates. You can easily get to the Google Play Store and grab it now!