Google has all but conceded the 10″ tablet market to Apple with the release of its new 7″ Nexus tablet, designed to go up against the Kindle Fire. With an agressive price poince and juiced up specs, this thing is a sure bet to take the top spot. Lets take a a look in more detail and break this thing down a bit..
Google Nexus 7 processor
Inside the Google Nexus 7 is a quad-core Tegra 3 processor packing a 12-core GPU and 1GB of on-board RAM. This, combined with some clever under-the-hood streamlining, means a buttery-smooth performance (pun intended, see below).
What does this mean in real terms? Google has blown the door off with this thing, aiming it at gamers as well as casual tablet users.. a 12-core GPU kicks the Fire’s butt and barely breaks a sweat! The built-in HDMI means you’ll be able to connect it to your TV as well, for sharing content with all your friends.
The Nexus 7 operating system is Android Jelly Bean
As you’d expect, Google’s tablet runs Google’s latest operating system:Android 4.1, aka Jelly Bean. It also benefits from the very polished “Project Butter” user interface technology, which is much smoother than previous Androids or Amazon’s forked version of the OS, and it’s the first Android tablet to ship with Chrome as its default browser.
There’s also a big camera improvement, a whole host of browser tweaks and some clever voice recognition upgrades… in short, a lot of worthwhile reasons to check out the first Android Jelly Bean device.
Google Nexus 7 dimensions and specs
The Nexus 7 is 198.5 x 120 x 10.45mm. It’s considerably lighter than an iPad, and lighter even than a Kindle Fire: at just 340g, the Nexus 7 is the weight of a fairly slim book.
The Nexus 7 display is a seven-inch, 1280×800 IPS display, and you can choose between 8GB and 16GB versions.
There’s integrated Wi-Fi but no 3G or 4G, a front-facing camera and a 4,325mAh battery that Google says is good for 8 hours of “active use”.
There’s also no microSD card slot, so you’re limited massively if you’re one of those that loves HD movies.
The Nexus 7 tablet includes a microphone, Bluetooth, NFC for Android Beam, an accelerometer, magnetometer, GPS and gyroscope, and the built-in Wi-Fi supports 802.11b, g and n.
Google Nexus 7: media marvel
While the Nexus 7 does apps, of course, the whole thrust of Google’s keynote was media consumption: look at the books! Look at the games! Look at the videos! That’s the marketing message here and it’s clear that this is a massive weapon in Google’s attempt to topple the Kindle Fire.
And of course, no keynote is complete without a sly dig at Google’s biggest competitor at the moment:
“With the Music Manager, you can easily import your entire iTunes music library* into Google Play”, Google says. That asterisk means that it doesn’t do DRM, and you’re limited to 20,000 songs.
Google Nexus 7 release date and price
For once, we don’t have to wait forever to get our hands on some exciting new tech: the Nexus 7 launches in the US, UK and Australia this July. That’s, like, days away!
The UK price for the Nexus 7 will be $199 for the 8GB model, and the 16GB one will cost $249. That gives you not just the tablet but $25 of Google Play credit to spend too, and it means that even the priciest model is half an iPad.
Google will also offer a soft cover (but not a Surface-style keyboard one, at least not just now) and an extra charger should you need one.
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