The Google Nexus 7 Android tablet is finally official, as Google has just announced it at this year’s Google I/O developer conference, just as we expected. The device is indeed made by Asus, and while it’s not necessarily an iPad rival, it will certainly be a fierce competitor for the Amazon Kindle Fire.

The tablet features a 7-inch touchscreen IPS display with 1280 x 800 HD display and scratch-resistant Corning glass, a quad-core Tegra 3 processor, GeForce 12-core GPU, 1GB of RAM, 8/16GB of memory, 1.2-megapixel front-facing camera, NFC support, 9-hour battery life and Android 4.1 Jelly Bean.

In addition to running the latest Android version, The Nexus 7 will also come with the Google Chrome browser on board and it will offer Google Maps offline capabilities.

One other major selling point for the Nexus 7 is Google Play integration, as it looks like Google wants to push plenty of content to Nexus 7 buyers from its digital stores.

Pricing for the tablet starts at $199 for the 8GB version and at $249 for the 16GB model. Moreover, buyers will also get a $25 Google Play card that can be used to purchase additional content from the store. A specific Galaxy Nexus 7 release date has not been mentioned, but the tablet will ship in mid-July in the U.S., Canada and Australia, with pre-orders being available today.

Are you buying a Google Nexus 7 tablet?

  • AppleFUD

    For the price it looks like a fair setup. However, I’m curious to see what the back of the device is like — hope it is NOT slippery plastic that will make it hard to hold, really appreciated the PlayBook’s grippy rubber material.

    • Cakeisalie

      The Pocket-Lint review lists it as having a rubber back

      • AppleFUD

        yeah, I just seen that over on theverge also. . . makes me happy.


  • nealcobu

    Doesn’t look like it’s having MicroSD port right? I was thinking on that already.

  • J J

    i hope it will have ports for usb & sd cards?

    • Aaron

      It does not. But ASUS has made it sound like the hardware is capable, so with a simple root tweak it will probably be supported.

  • jhnt

    12 cores gpu? How’s that work to help smooth video viewing? Battery will last 9 hrs with that? Hmmm! I smell more hypes…

  • mj

    Will Nexus 7 be running JB 4.1? Will there no longer be separate tablet/phone OS versions? Adios honey comb? :-)

  • Looking pretty tight!

  • bella

    When does it come out?

  • lemonz

    when does this come out