Today, at the keynote presentation during Google’s annual I/O conference, the search engine and mobile operating system giant unveiled a new Google-branded Nexus tablet. While primarily aimed to compete with Apple’s iPad, the most popular tablet in the industry, Google’s Nexus tablet may push other Android-based tablets out of consumers’ minds by becoming the main tablet for Google’s Android OS.
With a introductory price of just $199 for the 8GB model, Google’s Nexus tablet will leave Kindle Fire owners envious, wishing they had the superior device instead of one so outdated. While the upgraded 16GB variant of the tablet is still significantly cheaper than Apple’s base model iPad ($249 versus $499), the hardware powering it is outstanding.
Equipped with a 1,280-by-800 7-inch display, with a pixel density of 264 ppi. Although, the same density of screen for Google’s new Nexus tablet is identical to that of the Retina display used in Apple’s iPad, the iPad’s display will appear more crisp due to that high of a pixel count on a bigger 9.7-inch screen.
Moreover, the screen is depicted as “scratch-resitent Corning glass” which sounds a lot like a type of Gorilla Glass.
The tablet also has an integrated front-facing 1.2 megapixel camera, Near Field Communication (NFC) technology, Bluetooth, a built-in microphone, accelerometer, GPS, magnetometer, gyroscope and a micro USB port for charging and transferring data.
The Nexus 7 (the name for the tablet’s official name) is powered by NVIDIA’s quad-core Tegra 3 “super chip” processor and a 4,325mAh battery, which allows for 10 hours of standard usage.
The Nexus 7 tablet will ship running Google’s new Android 4.1 Jelly Bean operating system. It also comes preloaded with $25 worth of credit to be spent in Google’s Play store and a free copy of movie Transformers: Dark of the Moon. Finally, the Google Nexus 7 tablet is available for pre-order today and ships in either two or three weeks.
Stay tuned for complete coverage on the Nexus 7, as well as an unboxing and review of the new Google tablet!