June 26, 2012
Google Nexus 7 Tablet Details Discovered
Derek Walter for redOrbit.com
Details about the long-rumored Nexus tablet are beginning to leak out ahead of the expected launch at Google I/O this week. Gizmodo Australia reported yesterday that a “training document” the publication has obtained shows specs and cost of a Nexus 7 tablet.
The tablet appears to be produced by Asus, with a cost of $199 for 8GB of storage and $249 for 16GB. The alleged specs include a 1280 x 800, seven-inch display with a 1.3GHz Tegra 3 processor, 1GB of RAM, and a 12-core GeForce GPU.
The published price range would make it far more aggressive on price than the iPad, which starts at $499. However, the smaller screen would also make it attractive to those who may be considering a Kindle Fire or Barnes & Noble Nook tablet.
The Nexus 7 will also have an NFC chip for running Google Wallet and Android Beam. The latter is used among devices running Android 4.0 to transfer data. Google Wallet is the tap-to-pay service that seeks to serve as a digital wallet on Android devices.
Rumors about Google launching its own tablet have been circulating the web for several months. If Google does begin to sell the Nexus tablet directly to consumers, the program may closely monitor the Nexus line of smartphones the company sells. Google has been plagued with rampant fragmentation in its operating system; only 7.1 percent of all Android devices are running Ice Cream Sandwich (4.0), the latest version, according to its developer web site.
Also, many versions of Android smartphones run a custom User Interface on top of Android, which has led to complaints of bloated software and an inconsistent user experience.
An additional benefit of Nexus devices is that Google supplies Android updates to them directly; other models by various manufacturers are at the mercy of the mobile carriers.
Google is expected to reveal Android 4.1, or Jelly Bean, at its conference this week. Consumers who bought the Galaxy Nexus this week from Google Play were notified the phone would soon be updated with the newest version of the Android operating system.
Google I/O begins with the keynote on Wednesday, June 27 and runs through June 29.