UPDATE - November 2012 - The 16GB version has dropped to $199, and a new 32GB version is imminent at $250. A 32GB version with 3G (HSPA+ & unlocked GSM) will be available for $300. Aside from the storage and 3G, specs are the same as the original release.
The 8GB version has been discontinued.
Like the name implies, this is a new 7 inch tablet from Google. Obviously the screen isn't going to be as high quality as the Ipad 3, but at this price you can't expect that. Everything else seems pretty strong. 199 bucks for the 8GB version, 249 for the 16GB vversion
Today, during Google's keynote at Google I/O 2012, the company announced a new Asus-branded tablet called the Nexus 7.
Nexus 7 will be available today on the Google Play store starting at $200 for the 8GB storage configuration, with units shipping in mid-July. Purchasing on Google Play also gifts you a $25 credit to spend on Google Play media.
The Nexus 7 sports a 7-inch, IPS (in-plane switching) screen, with a resolution of 1,280x800 pixels. The tablet is also the first 7-incher to house a 1.3GHz Nvidia Tegra 3 quad-core CPU, which includes a 12-core GPU.
Rounding out the specs is a Micro-USB port, 1GB of RAM, a 1.2-megapixel front camera (no back camera included), a gyroscope, GPS, accelerometer, microphone, and 802.11a/b/g/n Wi-Fi.
The device measures 10.45mm thick, weighs 0.7 pound, and, from the looks of the first pictures released, has a textured, grippy backside and looks to be about the same size as the Kindle Fire.
The Nexus 7 will be the first device to run the latest version of the Android 4.1 OS, also known as Jelly Bean. Google says to expect 9 hours of 720p HD video battery life.
If you order it from play.google.com, you get a 25 dollar gift card to the Google Play store. It also throws in some magazines, the Bourne Dominion e-book, and a copy of Transformers Dark of the Moon as bloatware.
Was watching the presentation just now during the Google IO conference. The two games they showed looked pretty impressive...definitely better than XBox/PS2 era stuff, not quite 360/PS3 level.
Funny, just said the other day that Surface was the first time I've been interested in a tablet, but this looks pretty cool.
Edited by KaneRobot, 26 April 2013 - 12:12 PM.