Google’s collaboration with ASUStek has led to one rumor after the other about the impending launch of a Nexus Android tablet. The existence of this long speculated slate may just have been confirmed though, thanks to the folks at Android Police.
They have used benchmark results from Rightware’s Power Board site to discover that the Google ASUS Nexus tablet had been logged in its database.
The much awaited device seems to be named the ‘Nexus 7′. The name seems to confirm that this will be a 7 inch device, but even more interestingly, it’ll have a rather high resolution (for most tablets at least) of 768×1280 pixels.
The Android version (build) number seems to be JRN51B, indicating an Android Jelly Bean OS. Jelly Bean is Ice Cream Sandwich’s successor in the Android lineup, but it seems to be strangely numbered as version 4.1 (as compared to Android 4.0, as ICS is officially known).
The fact that the Nexus tablet is meant to be a competitor for the Amazon Kindle Fire with a $199 price point becomes even more amazing after knowing that the Nexus 7 tablet will have Nvidia Tegra 3 innards. This means that the apparently ‘budget’ Android slate will pack in a quad core processor clocked at 1.3 GHz, running on a Cortex A9 chipset. Moreover, there will be an Nvidia ULP GeForce GPU added in for good measure.
From the sound of it, the ASUS-Google Nexus 7 tablet will be an out-and-out powerhouse performer. At its $199 price point, one can certainly expect that it would comfortably undercut practically every other Android tablet out there, and perhaps, create a genuinely thriving market for Android tabs as well.
[via Android Police]