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Google Nexus 7 Tablet Official Unveiled, Made By Asus


Google Nexus 7
Google Nexus 7

Google has finally officially unveiled its much leaked Nexus 7 Android tablet, the launch device for Android 4.1 Jelly Bean.

Taking a different tack to Apple with its large 9.7inch iPad, Google's new tablet has a 7inch screen, and subsequently weighs much lower 340 grams. It also sports a screen resolution of 1280 x 800 pixels, has a quad-core Tegra 3 processor, 1.2MP front facing camera, WiFi, Bluetooth and NFC, yet it still has 9hrs battery life.

Google reckons it's an ideal size for reading books - we'd agree, and there's a new Google Play magazine app that will provide animated page turns, fancy formatting and rich interactive content. The content will also be available to download for offline viewing.

Other new features include a completely redesigned YouTube app and a built in 'What's this song?' widget.

With it Tegra 3 processor the tablet should also be good for gaming, a point which Google demonstrated by playing an impressive looking couple of games - Horn and Dead Trigger.

Available from today the tablet will set you back $199 - we're waiting for official UK availability and pricing.

More to come.


June 28, 2012, 12:12 am

Whoops. Just bought one. Thought I had another step in the basket.

£159 not too bad, though micro SD would have been nice.


June 28, 2012, 12:19 am

Looks like it will be £159 for the 8GB version and £199 for the 16GB version. Shame it doesn't have a microSD slot...



June 28, 2012, 12:29 am

Uk Pre-orders being accepted -

Shipping 2-3 weeks The UK pricing is £159 and £199



Mathieu D

June 28, 2012, 2:35 am

Lack of a microSD card slot seems like a very serious oversight. It's one of the key reasons to opt for an Android tablet over an iPad. I would have preferred it if they just sold an 8GB model at £199 with an SD slot, then running out of storage space is no issue. And no HDMI out either apparently? Two basic but important features. The processor and screen are incredible for the money, but the ball is now in Amazon's court. Kindle Fire 2 has a couple of clear areas to target now; it'll be interesting to see if they can match that processing speed but remove the limitations on internal memory.


June 28, 2012, 3:17 am

I'm not very impressed by the value.

8GB - Seriously? 8GB! (or 6 point something usable) That's useless. I have 2GB or apps on my phone. 16GB is also, just pathetic today. And please don't start speaking 'cloud' this and 'cloud' that. We all know that this is not a reasonable position to argue, especially with no 3G option.

Having no expandable storage turns this no-brainer impulse buy, into a completely pointless landfill gadget!

Luan Bach

June 28, 2012, 2:09 pm

hah! Likely story, I've also lost the number of times I've accidentally bought a gadget.


June 29, 2012, 8:38 pm

Ok, I read that the Nexus 7 supports USB OTG, in which case i'll revise down my harsh summary. I really like USB OTG. I would still infinitely prefer a full SDHC or MicroSDHC slot to be on the actual chassis, but this is a good development.

There is even the possibility of cracking it open and soldering a 32GB card directly onto the motherboard, which I'll happily volunteer to experiment with as soon as the schematics have been figured out.

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