Google's Tablet is the Nexus 7, a Cheap, Quad-Core Attempt to Sell Android to the Masses

By Gary Cutlack on at

Here's our first look at the Asus-made tablet Google's set to announce this week, which will arrive next month under the name Nexus 7. It's a 7" tablet powered by a quad-core Tegra 3 chipset, which we sort of already knew.

Gizmodo Australia has acquired the full spec sheet for the new tablet, confirming the inclusion of a Tegra 3 processor, a 1280 by 800 resolution IPS display, 1GB of RAM, a 1.2-Megapixel front-facing camera as its only image sensor, plus two versions of the thing will launch, one with 8GB of onboard storage and one with 16GB. The pair will be priced, in the US, at $199 and $249, which, if we're lucky, translates to £127 and £159 over here. Add on a bit more for tax and that's our price.

The Nexus 7 briefing document also confirms that the tablet will arrive running Android 4.1, which is Google's "Jelly Bean" version of the OS, plus there's one very interesting point that says Google will be handling the software updates in future, rather than leaving it to the manufacturer. If that's replicated across other future Android devices and not just the Nexus 7, it's a particularly exciting development.

Other tech specs include NFC support, not that a tablet is easier to carry than a wallet full of pound coins, with a decent nine hours of battery life claimed. [Giz Australia]