The annual Google I/O conference has been looked forward to by the tech world for quite a while, primarily due to the fact that Google was expected to announce its first steps in the hardware business with the Nexus tablet.
Now, it’s time for Google’s maiden tablet to finally see the light of the day, and it’s called the Nexus 7, for starters.
The tablet is borne out of a collaboration between ASUS and Google, and is available in both 8 GB and 16 GB models. The former retails at $199, while the latter is being sold at $249. This proves that the rumors of a $149 price point (that would severely undercut almost all of the tablets around) were false.
Coming to the specs, the Nexus 7 tablet will sport a 7 inch screen with a resolution of 1280×800 pixels. With a pixel density of 216 ppi, the Nexus tablet is definitely not in the stratospheric league of Apple’s Retina display, but it’s very impressive regardless.
Google has decided to pack in the next gen version of Android, nicknamed Jelly Bean into its tablet. There’s a Tegra 3 chipset coupled with a 4325 mAh battery in the Nexus, meaning that the Google slate will pack in a considerable amount of both power and stamina in its tablet. For what it’s worth, Google claims that the Nexus will provide almost 8 hours of constant use.
Google will start taking preorders from the Play Store now for both the 8 GB and 16 GB models, with shipments expected to commence by the second half of next month.