After a flood of leaks and rumours, Google has made the seven-inch Nexus 7 tablet official today. Running on Android 4.1 aka Jelly Bean, the tablet features the NVIDIA Tegra 3 processor, 1GB RAM, Wi-Fi, NFC, Bluetooth and a 1280x800p display.
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.
Interestingly, it is also the first Android tablet to come with Chrome as the default web browser. The tablet has been manufactured by Asus with instructions from Google.
More from Google blog:
All of this great Google Play content comes to life on Nexus 7, a powerful new tablet with a vibrant, 7” 1280×800 HD display. The Tegra-3 chipset, with a quad-core CPU and 12-core GPU, makes everything, including games, extremely fast. And best of all, it’s only 340 grams, lighter than most tablets out there. 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.
Nexus 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. We’ve also included a $25 credit to purchase your favorite movies, books and more from Google Play, for a limited time.
Full tech specs:
- 7” 1280×800 HD display (216 ppi)
- Back-lit IPS display
- Scratch-resistant Corning glass
- 1.2MP front-facing camera
- WEIGHT: 340 grams
- MEMORY: 8 or 16 GB internal storage
- 1 GB RAM
- BATTERY: 4325 mAh (Up to 8 hours of active use)
- CPU: Quad-core Tegra 3 processor
- SIZE: 198.5 x 120 x 10.45mm
- WIRELESS: WiFi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth,
- USB: Micro USB
- OS: Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean)
- FEATURES: Microphone, NFC (Android Beam), Accelerometer, GPS, Magnetometer, Gyroscope