Google enters the tablet market with the Nexus 7
The long-rumoured 7-inch Google tablet is now a reality after the device was revealed for the first time at the annual Google I/O conference.
Google’s Nexus 7 will be priced from $249 and is available for Australian customers to pre-order now.
The 7-inch Google tablet, built by ASUS, places it in direct competition with Amazon’s popular Kindle Fire colour tablet in the US.
“The Nexus 7 borrows heavily from the Amazon Kindle Fire in that it puts content front and centre, but it doesn’t solve the biggest challenge for Android tablets: the lack of apps optimized for the larger screen size,” says Ovum chief telecoms analyst Jan Dawson.
Analysts are also on the lookout out to see Apple’s reaction to the Nexus 7 with rumours of a 7-inch iPad circulating for more than a year.
Some analysts are predicting the Google release may even force Apple’s hand to come up with a smaller version of the iPad.
The Nexus 7 has some impressive specs including a Tegra 3 quad core processor with 1GB RAM and either 8GB or 16GB of internal memory.
It weighs 340g and measures 198.5mm long, 120mm wide and 10.45mm thick.
Resolution of the screen is 1280 x 800 with 216 ppi (pixels per inch) and it is covered with Corning scratch-resistant glass.
There’s also a 1.2-megapixel front-facing camera but no rear camera.
And the Google Nexus 7 is running the brand new 4.1 Android operating system – codenamed Jelly Bean.
The device will give users direct access to the books, movies, TV shows, apps and games which can be found in the Google Play store.
Nexus 7 8GB is priced at $249 with the 16GB priced at $299. They can be pre-ordered from here.