Google I/O has come and gone, and the the speculation surrounding the announcement of a Google branded tablet has been fully realised.
The Google Nexus 7 is the new tablet being sold directly by Google, with native Android 4.1 (Jellybean) on board. It has a 7″ 1280×800 HD display (216 ppi), covered in Scratch-resistant Corning glass, 8Gb or 16GB storage options, WiFi 802.11 b/g/n and Bluetooth 4.0 and a 4325 mAh battery with a claimed usage of up to 8 hours.
It is powered by a fast NVIDIA® Tegra® 3 quad-core processor, meaning everything is faster and the CPU has automatic intelligent power saving, meaning when you don’t need all that power it will scale back to a single core processor to improve battery life. There is a 12‐core GPU to “deliver rich and immersive graphics” meaning any of the 600,000 apps and games available on Google Play you throw at the Nexus 7 should perform smoothly.
The Nexus 7 packs a full complement of sensors with Microphone, NFC (Android Beam), Accelerometer, GPS, Magnetometer and Gyroscope all on board. In fact the only thing missing is a form of memory expansion (microSD) and any mobile data option.
Lack of 3G though means the overall cost can be kept lower (and the prices are extremely competitive) and that there is no interference from any of the carriers who love to slap their own interface on Android in an attempt to differentiate it from stock Android – which most people prefer anyway.
The Nexus 7 heavily leans toward a ‘media consumption device’ with the Apps for Google Play, Books, Movies, and Music preloaded and front and centre on the homescreen.
Nexus 7 was built for Google Play. With Google Play, all the entertainment you love is right in your hand: more than 600,000 apps and games, millions of eBooks and thousands of movies. Sign in to your Google Play account and we’ll give you £15 of credit to spend in the Play store, as well as some great free content.
Of course, being Google Play, anything you’ve previously bought or rented is available straight away on the Nexus 7 and the clever homescreen widget even highlights these items as things you might want to watch, along with recently listened to music and books.
GPS means Google Maps and Navigation will all work perfectly, and with the introduction of ‘Offline Maps’ the lack of a mobile data connection won’t be a problem, simply pre-load your route before you set off.
The Nexus 7 costs £159 for the 8GB version and £199 for the 16GB version. You can pre-order yours now on the Google Play store, with shipping estimated for the 19th July.
Check out the demo video below: