Google Nexus 7 tablet unveiled: What you need to know!
Google has revealed the Asus Google Nexus 7. The cheap 7-inch tablet is the latest to take on the iPad, with a 1.3GHz Tegra 3 processor, more connectivity options than an iPad, and the new Android Jelly Bean operating system. With prices starting from just £160, it just might be the best cheap tablet around. And you can order it right now. Here’s the lowdown.
The Asus Google Nexus 7 announcement comes on the back of rumours, that as we can see, turned out to be true. The Google Nexus 7 is a cost-effective alternative to the iPad that has the potential to tempt new tablet owners from more expensive tablets such as the new iPad.
Prices will start from just £159 ( £10 cheaper than an Amazon Kindle Touch 3G) for an 8GB Asus Google Nexus 7, rising to £199 for the 16GB model. Both can be ordered from Google Play right now for delivery in around two weeks, and both come with a 7-inch backlit IPS display with a 1280×800 resolution that betters similarly-priced tablets.
Inside, there’s a 1.3GHz Tegra 3 processor and 1GB of RAM for quick performance and the ability to make games and applications run smoothly, with little effect on battery life. Asus claims a battery life of up to eight hours.
The Asus Google Nexus 7 only has one front-facing camera. Google clearly thinks nobody actually uses rear-facing cameras on tablets, and for many it won’t matter. It’s one of the design choices that bring the costs down. You’ll still be able to make video calls.
One area the Asus Google Nexus 7 clearly betters the iPad is connectivity. Options include HDMI and USB. And then there’s the Android Jelly Bean interface.
Jelly Bean is more a refinement of the existing operating system, updated to perform faster. NFC technology is also built-in. The Google Wallet service will let you store cash digitally so you can use the tablet to pay for items once NFC properly takes off.
It all sounds very promising – a cheap tablet with great specs and a lot of potential, with a cost low enough to tempt customers away from pricier tablets. And unlike the Microsoft Surface tablet, the Asus Google Nexus 7 is available to order now. By not announcing a release date and price, Microsoft missed a trick there, leaving Google and Asus to grab some of the market share it so craves.
Will you be buying an Asus Google Nexus 7? Would you choose one over an iPad?