The cat is finally out of the bag!
Search giant Google unveiled its Google Nexus 7 tablet PC on the very first day of Google I/O at San Francisco on June 27.
Built by Taiwan-based Asus and designed by Google, the 7-inch, $199 (approximately Rs 11,000) tablet comes loaded with top-class features.
For starters, the Nexus 7 features 1.3GHz Nvidia Tegra 3 quad-core CPU with a 12-core GPU, that the company claims, ‘delivers rich and immersive graphics’.
What’s more the Nexus 7 will be the first tablet in the world to showcase the latest Android OS: Jelly Bean. This is likely to make the tab ‘more intutive and faster’.
While the Nexus 7 is loaded with a heavy-duty processor, other specs include 1 GB RAM, accelerometer, gyroscope, microphone, 802.11a/b/g/n that is Wi-Fi compatible and a 1.2 MP front camera.
Sadly, the Nexus 7 disappoints as it does not come with a rear camera. One hopes Google offers a rear camera in its next iteration and make it a complete package to take on the might of the iPads, Galaxy tabs, Kindle Fires and Nooks.
The 7-inch in-plane switching screen boasts of ‘1280-by-800 high-resolution display protected by scratch resistant Corning glass’, according to the company web site.
The Nexus 7 seems to have been optimised to take maximum juice out of Google Play — Google’s online store — that offers ebooks, movies, 600,000 games and apps, magazines and music. Interestingly, all those who buy the Nexus 7 from Google Play will be offered a $25 credit to buy from the store.
Initially, though, the tablet will be available only in the US, Canada, Australia and UK where the Nexus 7 will be delivered by mid-July.
Interestingly, on popular demand, the Nexus 7 comes pre-loaded with Google Chrome making surfing the Internet simpler and speedier.