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Google unveils Nexus 7 tablet, available for immediate pre-order


June 27, 2012

The Nexus 7 is built by Asus and ships with Android 4.1 Jelly Bean

The Nexus 7 is built by Asus and ships with Android 4.1 Jelly Bean

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Google kicked off its three day I/O event at the Moscone Center today with several announcements, the most significant of which may well be a 7-inch Android-based tablet named the Nexus 7. Built by Taiwanese hardware manufacturer Asus and offered at a price of just US$199 for the 8 GB storage model, the Nexus 7 is already available for pre-order for consumers based in the US, UK, Canada and Australia.

Details are still pouring in, but Google has stated that the Nexus 7 will be the first tablet to ship with the newest iteration of Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, which contains apps such as Gmail, YouTube, Google+ and the Chrome browser. On the hardware side, Google's slate boasts 1 GB RAM and a quad-core Tegra 3 processor, plus some other goodies like NFC, GPS, a gyroscope and an accelerometer.

Here's the full run-down of the specs:

Display and camera

  • 7" 1280x800 HD display (216 ppi)
  • Back-lit IPS display
  • Scratch-resistant Corning glass
  • 1.2MP front-facing camera

Memory and CPU

  • 8 GB or 16GB internal storage
  • 1 GB RAM
  • Quad-core Tegra 3 processor


  • WiFi 802.11 b/g/n
  • Bluetooth
  • Micro USB


  • 4325 mAh (providing a reported 8 hours of active use)

Dimensions and weight

  • 198.5 x 120 x 10.45mm (7.8 x 4.7 x 0.41 in)
  • 340g (11.9 oz)


  • Microphone
  • NFC (Android Beam)
  • Accelerometer
  • GPS
  • Magnetometer
  • Gyroscope

Pricing for the Nexus 7 starts at just $199 for the base 8 GB model and $249 for the larger 16 GB storage version, with $25 of Google Play credit thrown in for good measure. Orders are open now in the Google Play store for residents of the US, UK, Canada and Australia, with a reported shipping estimate of mid-July.

Check out Google's promo video below for more details:

Source: Google

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am I the only one that wishes these tablets came with built in FM transmitters.. I know most have bluetooth, but I don't want bluetooth.. I want a FM transmitter. I hate having to use a separate item. Cheap Chinese knock offs come with FM transmitters...

Michael Mantion

$200 is an amazing price for these specs. It beats out some tablets that cost $400 or more. I'm curious about the benchmarks of the 1.3 Ghz Quad-core Tegra 3 vs just $500 iPad with the the 1 GHz dual core A5 that just launched.

At that price point it costs the same as things like Kindle Fire, Nintendo 3DS, or a Garmin Nuvi with lifetime maps. It could potentially replace each of those things at their own specialized function even if not used for other tasks.

@Michael Mantion, have you taken a look at maybe tunein.com? You can find most radio stations through the website and stream them over the top. There are other websites like slacker, pandora, and soon spotify that offer streaming music if you have a data connection available anyway.


Michael wants a transmitter - not a receiver.

Jim Ronholm

Potential customers Down Under have to pay additional $50 for both the models it seems... That's Awful!


wonder what europe is gonna do

Joop Dresscher

No mention of touch screen but it would need it, right?

Richard Chesher

The video shows them useing the touch screen for games and keyboard. Looks like a great option. I've never been disapointed with ASUS products either.


Would be perfect with a mini HDMI out and SD card slot... Why didn't they think of that!?


I'll wait for the next version with the inclusion of an SD card slot and HDMI out... let the "me first!" teenagers discover all the bugs and kinks first... go-go-go lovely impatient beta testers ;)

Ender Wigin
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