Today, Google has entered the tablet computer market. The announcement came at its I/O conference, but reports were swirling early this morning about the new device. The tablet, named the Nexus 7 and co-developed by Asus, is of the 7 inch variety, putting it into competition with Amazon’s Kindle Fire. By comparison, the iPad is a 10 inch tablet.
The Nexus 7 will boast a Tegra 3 CPU, which Google claims is the first quad core processor in a tablet. The Nexus will run on Android 4.1 aka Jelly Bean. It also comes with a 1.2 MP camera. The Nexus will have a variety of connection options, including GPS, Bluetooth, 802.11b/g/n WiFi and Micro USB. The tablet will come in 8GB and 16GB models and possesses 1GB of RAM.
The 7 inch display will run in 1280×800 HD display. The display is coated in scratch-resistant Corning glass. The battery is a 4,325mAh, which Google claims can run 9 hours of HD video or 300 hours on standby. Notably absent is 3G and 4G connectivity. Google also unveiled a $20 cover for the device.
Pricing will be competitive with the Kindle Fire. The 8GB model will cost $199, while the 16GB model will cost $250. The device is available for pre-order, and shipments are expected to go out in 2 to 3 weeks.