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Google on Wednesday introduced its first own-brand Nexus 7” tablet, one of the world’s first slates based on Nvidia Corp.’s Tegra 3 system-on-chip that costs $199. The tablet weighs just 340 grams, but comes with high-resolution screen, high-quality front-facing camera, near field communication (NFC) and other advancements.

“Nexus 7 was built to bring you the best of Google in the palm of your hand. Hang out with up to 10 friends on Google+ using the front-facing camera, browse the web blazingly fast with Chrome and, of course, crank through your emails with Gmail,” a statement by Google reads.

Manufactured by Asustek Computer, the Nexus 7 tablet comes with 7” display with 1280*800 resolution and is based on Nvidia Tegra 3 system-on-chip with four ARM Cortex-A9 cores (+1 low-power A9 core) as well as Google Android 4.1 “Jelly Bean” operating system. The device comes equipped with 1GB LPDDR2 memory, 8GB or 16GB internal NAND flash-based storage, 1.2MP front-facing camera, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth, NFC (with Android Beam support), microphone, speaker, accelerometer, magnetometer, gyroscope, GPS, 4325mAh battery and so on.

Google claims that Nvidia Tegra 3 system-on-chip speeds up all the programs compatible with the Android platform, including demanding video games with rich graphics effects. Unfortunately, the Nexus 7 lacks integrated WWAN support, which automatically forces the owner to rely on a nearby smartphone or Wi-Fi access point to connect to the Internet.

Google/AsusNexus 7 comes preloaded with some great entertainment, including the movie "Transformers: Dark of the Moon”, the book “The Bourne Dominion”, magazines like Condé Nast Traveler and Popular Science, and songs from bands like Coldplay and the Rolling Stones. Google also includes a $25 credit to purchase movies, books and more from Google Play, for a limited time.

Nexus 7 is available for preorder today from Google Play in the U.S., U.K., Canada and Australia, and starts at $199 in the U.S. It will start shipping mid-July.

Tags: Google, Nexus, ASUS, Nvidia, Tegra, Android

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3G?
0 2 [Posted by: Zingam  | Date: 06/27/12 10:04:52 PM]
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At $199 ?
1 0 [Posted by: kokara4a  | Date: 06/27/12 10:35:56 PM]
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What I love about X-bit labs is its ability to cut through the hype and tell the tech specs in a clear and comprehensive manner.

Anyway, these specs look good, and price looks good, and I can certainly see a Nexus 7 in my future.
3 0 [Posted by: ET3D  | Date: 06/27/12 11:55:02 PM]
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I just have 1 question: is there any way to output to HDMI (I know there is only microUSB port....but Galaxy S-es can do it). Other than this minor requirement....it's perfect for me. The only improvement for me would be thinner margins around the screen...but that could affect handling. Can't wait to hold one.
0 0 [Posted by: mathew7  | Date: 06/28/12 01:06:27 AM]
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7" is to small for a tablet. Common!
Also the table is not cheap at all. For the same size there are already other tablets with almost half the price..
0 1 [Posted by: TAViX  | Date: 06/28/12 07:54:23 AM]
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No SD slot and extra 8GB flash for $50? I'm not interested.
1 1 [Posted by: popej  | Date: 06/28/12 01:25:25 PM]
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No SD slot is a deal breaker for me too. It's unfortunate that they turn away customers for less than $1 in hardware for the sd slot. It's all about gouging for expensive internal storage.
0 1 [Posted by: user99  | Date: 06/28/12 02:05:58 PM]
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maybe it would make a good GPS.
0 0 [Posted by: user99  | Date: 06/28/12 02:08:09 PM]
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They're ill advised at Google, they should use TI with A15 chips instead of Tegra 3 and give the device lots of connectivity and storage via microSD card. Thus it will compete everything.
0 1 [Posted by: mosu  | Date: 06/29/12 02:34:16 PM]
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It's not competing with tablets in general, it's competing directly with the Kindle Fire. Which - with an old & limited version of Android, half the RAM, half the CPU cores at 75% Nexus speed, 1/3rd of the GPU cores at 25% Nexus speed, lower screen resolution, and no camera (the Nexus has a front-facing camera for skyping) - sold around 1 million units each week last quarter, and continues to be second only to the iPad in sales.

Yet somehow, magically, the Nexus 7 - approximately twice as powerful as the Kindle Fire, but for the same price - is "DOA", with features that are a "dealbreaker". Riiiiight...
0 0 [Posted by: sanity  | Date: 06/29/12 06:30:08 PM]
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