Where Google’s Nexus tablet was concerned, yesterday’s rumour mongers were spot on, as we suspected.
The Nexus 7 inch tablet does indeed come with a Tegra quad-core CPU, 12 core GeForce graphics solution, and it runs a resolution of 1280×800 – with a 1.2 megapixel front facing camera.
The device, which was unveiled at the I/O conference, also boasts NFC, a micro USB port, and Android Jelly Bean, again as expected. The price was pitched as thought, too, hitting $200 (which will translate to around £160 in the UK, apparently) for the 8GB version. There’ll also be a model with 16GB of storage.
Google has built the device to go head-to-head with the Kindle Fire at the budget end of the slate market. Amazon has done very well with the Fire thus far, in the US anyway, and will likely be mildly concerned at the appearance of the Asus manufactured Nexus tablet.
Google isn’t the only high profile new entrant to the tablet market, either, with Microsoft revealing its Surface recently. However, the pricing on the Surface (the cheaper ARM version, that is) isn’t likely to be quite as budget conscious as the Nexus, we’re guessing – but who knows.
Google is tying the Play store in closely with its slate, unsurprisingly, and pushing the purchasing of movies, TV shows and magazines along with it, aping Apple in that respect.
How much success Google will have with the Nexus tablet is difficult to say, but it will be out soon, shipping mid-July, ahead of the Surface, and the launch of the Fire in the UK – which has to give it a fighting chance of establishing something of a foothold.