Google has announced its Nexus 7 tablet PC at it’s I/O conference in San Francisco today (27 June 2012). Google said their new 7-inch tablet is built specifically for Google Play and will run the latest version of Android (4.1), named Jelly Bean.
The Nexus 7 features a 1280×800 IPS display, a 1.3GHz quad-core Tegra 3 CPU and a 12-core GPU.
The device has a 1.2-megapixel front-facing camera, and is well connected with Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and near field communications capabilities.
The Nexus 7 weighs 340 grams and is 10.45mm thick.
According to Google the Nexus 7 will be the first Android device that ships with Chrome as its standard browser.
Google said that they are making the Nexus 7 available for order today, starting at $199. People who purchase the Nexus 7 will get $25 credit to spend in the Google Play store.
The device will start to ship in July.
Update from Sapa-AFP
Google made its long-awaited debut into the tablet wars Wednesday, unveiling the Nexus 7 to compete with Apple’s dominant iPad as well as the recently announced Microsoft Surface.
The Nexus 7, developed in conjunction with Asus, features a 7-inch (17.8-centimetre) screen, making it smaller but more portable and lighter than its main competitors, which both feature screens of about 10 inches (25.4 centimetres).
The Nexus 7 goes on sale for 199 dollars effective immediately on Google’s online store Google Play, with delivery starting in the US, Britain, Canada and Australia in mid-July, Google said.
The device weighs just 340 grams, features an Nvidia Tegra quad core processor and a battery allowing for up to nine hours of video play on its 1280×800 pixel screen, or 300 hours of standby. It ships with Google’s popular Chrome browser as the default programme for surfing the web.
Google unveiled the device at its developers conference in San Francisco, where the company gave details of its latest version of Android, nicknamed Jelly Bean, which improves major components such as touch, search, notifications and Google Maps.
Google said some 1 million Android devices are newly activated around the world every day, with 400 million Android devices now in use.
In another mark of the rocketing popularity of Google’s mobile operating system, Google said that its online store now boasts more than 600,000 apps, with 1.5 billion apps downloaded by users every day.