Google’s Nexus 7 details leaked ahead of Google I/O

by: LucianJune 25, 2012

By now, everyone knows about the upcoming inexpensive Google Nexus 7 tablet. The slate is made by Asus, but it’s a full-fledged Nexus device, which means that it will run the latest version of Android (Jellybean/4.1) and will receive updates straight from Google.

Well, you won’t have to wait much longer, since we’re just two days away from Google I/O, when the tablet will be unveiled together with Android 4.1 Jellybean. You should be able to get your hands on the Nexus 7 tablet from the same day (if you’re going to Google I/O) or a couple of weeks later, in July, when the tablet is set to start selling.

We now know a lot more details about this much expected Google tablet, thanks to a training document leaked to Gizmodo Australia, which mentions the following specs:

  • Android 4.1 Jelly Bean
  • 1.3Ghz quad-core NVIDIA Tegra 3 processor
  • 1GB RAM
  • 8GB / 16GB onboard storage options
  • NFC with Google Wallet and Android Beam
  • IPS Display
  • 1280 by 800 pixel resolution
  • 1.2 MP front facing camera
  • 9 hour battery life
  • $199/$249 for the 8GB/16GB versions respectively

If all these specs are true, the Nexus 7 will be a strong competitor to the Kindle Fire, and, choosing the Nexus over the Fire would be a no-brainer, in my opinion.

The main advantages, hardware-wise, would be the quad-core Tegra 3 processor (which gives you access to Tegra Zone games), the 1280×800 resolution, which will allow you to play videos at their native HD resolution, and the crisper screen, at 216ppi versus the 170ppi of the Kindle Fire (making it a better e-reader then the Kindle Fire). Other perks are the NFC chip, the front camera, 1 GB of RAM, and, it seems, even better battery life (9 hours vs 8 hours). So, as far as hardware goes, it seems that the Nexus 7 will be better than the Kindle Fire in almost every way.

Software-wise, as advantages, you’ll get a constantly-updated, pure Android experience, which is going to be a big deal, considering that Amazon is less focused on making a great OS, and more on getting people to buy their content and products. Plus, you get a store that has 10 to 20 times the amount of apps that Amazon’s Appstore has, which means you won’t miss out on all the great new apps that come out on Android. You also get Gmail and all the other great Google services that Amazon is blocking on the Kindle Fire.

Many of you Android fans might be interested in a Kindle Fire, only to root it and put a stock version of Android anyway. So why not buy the original instead, the way Google meant it to be? Even if Amazon drops the price of the Kindle Fire to $150, the Google tablet should still offer much better value for the money.

What do you think?

  • Nic Gillespie

    Just found my next tablet

  • Words cannot express how excited I am for this tablet.

    • derekross

      How about about a video then?

  • SamsaraGuru

    When will companies – Amazon, Apple, Sony – get it through their heads that their constant craving to turn us into willing slaves devoted to the care and feeding of their cash cows is a huge red flag for anyone who knows how to think for themself and not interested in making them richer than rich?

    Amazon blocks g-mail, etc – that alone – even if the kindle were THE best of the best in the world would cause me to tell them to take it and shove it where the sun don’t shine. (As Dick Cavett once suggested to Normal Mailer – of the “often wrong but never in doubt” crowd, when one night on Dick’s talk show Norman’s B. S. level rose to even more intolerable than normal levels.

    Dick Cavett was regarded – and actually was – one of the most eruidite talk show hosts of that time period and not one to allow himself to be whipsawed this way and that by self-centered individuals, who behaved much like those who currently chart Apple’s course to control the market and shut down competition that threatens their God given right to the smartphone market – or, in the case of lesser luminary Amazon’s efforts to force us to see the world through Amazon’s profit hungry eyes.

    Censorship is not acceptable; humanity has fought and countless good and honorable (as well a dis-honorable) men have died in the battle to make this world free of tyrants – and that includes both dictators as well as corporations that would if they could, and will if they can get away with it, dictate to us what and how we spend our hard earned money upon.

    • arvindsg

      You had me at “Amazon blocks g-mail, etc….”

    • AppleFUD

      preach it brother (or sister)!!!

      Always my favorite argument when an apple shill goes about saying how much apple’s profits are — s wow, yeah I want to be the person who knowingly and willingly pays the highest markup on any tech gadget on the planet cause that makes me feel smart and somehow superior to others . . . never mind the whole lockin /s

      Had to send back the KF due to the over all restrictive nature of it and ROMs just aren’t up to par to bother with at this point in time IMO — for a little more (maybe the same) I can have a clean un-restricted device that gets the newest updates asap.

      • SamsaraGuru

        Brother, actually, AppleFUD.

        I am with Darcy when it comes to looking forward to this pad. Sounds like it will be a really great value.

        Won’t it be nice when one fine day in the middle of the night companies wake up to the fact that true customer loyalty – at least among those who actually want reliable, good products and aren’t so desperate financially that they have to have the cheapest thing on earth; that true loyalty is based on making our lives easier rather than harder. Anticipate for me the problems I am likely to have when using your product or service; help me not have to figure it out on my own because you already anticipated that “If they do this; then this is likely to happen, and I don’t want them to have to waste their time when we already know exactly how to do it, SO we will just eliminate that irritating little pain in the neck for them right NOW! KA ZOW WEE!

        All the little nasty tricks they play; no possible to move your music; have to buy your apps through us; can’t reach a competitor easily or use their email with our device, etc., etc., to hopefully get their hooks into us so we can’t escape their clutches, only naturally make any thinking individual run for the hills.

    • CharlesKGim

      I had no idea they blocked gmail

  • i am really really excited for this tablet hope we get all the above mentioned specs and even more than that…

  • Bionic

    SD card slot?

    • AppleFUD

      very doubtful

  • Jakub

    The only thing missing is mobile internet… lame it is only WIFI :-(

    • AppleFUD

      It’s been stated as WiFi for a long time now.


      Google is sick and tired of carriers fubaring Nexus devices, thus if they let it go to a carrier I’m sure they will want to make certain that the carrier doesn’t muck it up. . . which means it is unlikely.

      Besides that, the most popular selling tablet versions are always the WiFi models thus for a low cost tablet it seems a little crazy to add such a high priced item in it when it will sell very few.

  • J J

    will this show up in stores like bestbuy or futureshop in canada, or will it only be available for U.S. customers through google play?

  • AndroidBrian

    Anybody know if this will have HDMI out?

  • lhc7970

    No rear cam? really?

  • Banjo

    I’ve got it, it’s stunning! Surpasses all I hoped for.