Yesterday, at Google’s I/O conference, Google unveiled their Nexus 7 tablet.
The product is meant to target the low-end tablet market, thus it will compete with Amazon’s Kindle Fire and Barnes and Noble’s Nook tablet. In the near future, the Nexus 7 will be the best tablet in the near $200 market with its incredible specifications.
The tablet, now available for pre-order, costs a mere $199 for the 8GB edition and $249 for the 16GB edition. It will be available to the public in 2 to 3 weeks and will come with a $25 credit to spend on Google Play and a free copy of Transformers: Dark of the Moon.
The Nexus 7 features a Tegra 3 quad core processor clocked at 1.3 Ghz which can run laps around the dual core processors of the Kindle Fire and Nook tablet. Greatly surpassing iPad 3’s quad core graphics, Google’s Nexus 7 contains a whopping 12 cores; clearly providing a superior gaming experience. Additional, the device features 1GB of RAM and a 7 inch 1280×800 IPS HD screen with a pixel density of 216 pixels per inch (ppi). Google seems very proud of its tablet’s battery life which is rated at up to 8 hours of battery life when watching videos; a battery life that rivals even Apple’s iPad 3’s 10 hours. The tablet has a Kindle Fire similar form factor, yet weighs nearly 100 less grams with a mass of 340 grams.
Furthermore, the Nexus 7 integrates the newest Android operating system: Android 4.1 Jelly Bean; ensuring that you can use all the apps on Android’s app store.
Unlike the Kindle Fire, Nexus 7 features Bluetooth connectivity as well as b/g/n WiFi, whereas the Kindle Fire only has WiFi. On the downside, Google’s new tablet does not utilize a rear camera, but does manage to integrate a 1.8 megapixel front camera and a microphone. It possesses Micro USB connectivity for easy file transfer and charging as well as a built in GPS, gyroscope and accelerometer to provide a good gaming experience.