Google Nexus 7 Tablet Confirmed

Recently the Google Nexus 7 was leaked out as a supposed $199 Asus/Google tablet that everyone had been talking about for the last few months. Today, Google confirmed that the Nexus 7 was indeed real. The new tablet will run on Android Jellybean, will weigh just 340 grams, will price at $199 and features the same specs recently leaked, which include an Nvidia Tegra 3 processor, quad-core CPU and 12-core processing unit, a 1280×800 HD display, front-facing camera, WiFI, and Bluetooth.

According to Google, the tablet is specifically built with Google Play in mind and will be billed as a media consumption device in a similar vein to the earlier Amazon Kindle Fire. The new Nexus 7 will include Gmail and Chrome browser and will have all the expected Google tools and maps.

Outside of the announcement of the Nexus 7, the company also revealed a unique ball-shaped media player that is actually more expensive than their upcoming tablet. The Nexus Q uses Android and Google Play to stream music and video and will price at $299 for a release in mid-July.

Other interesting goodies rolled out at the announcement include the Goggle Computer, Google Glass, a set of Web-connected eyeglasses that uses real-time streaming of imagery and audio. The unique goggle will sell for $1,500.

I’ve said it once, and I’ll say it again, late-2012 is shaping up to be an interesting chapter in mobile history.

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  1. I wonder how the second-gen Kindle Fire will respond.

    • Anonymous says:

      The problem, in my opinion at least, is that the customized Android UI
      in Fire just doesn’t compete with the more open “real” Android UI. The
      fact that the Fire doesn’t have support for real Google apps, like
      Google Play, doesn’t help them much either.

      Really I don’t know how Amazon Kindle Fire 2nd-gen could possibly one-up
      the Nexus 7, unless by some miracle they are able to cut costs enough
      to deliver a cost point lower than $199 and/or they are able to somehow
      improve the Fire UI to make it better than last gen. Even if they do all
      of that, it still won’t have official Google apps, so that’s the deal
      breaker, at least in my opinion.

      Could be wrong, of course, and I’m at least excited/curious to see what
      Amazon has up its shelves. Like I said in the article, I’m really
      excited for late-2012 and into 2013… the mobile war is heading into
      some uncharted territory and I’m curious how all of it will play out.

    • And let’s not forget about how Surface will play into all of this too. Good time to be a consumer.

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