Google Nexus 7 Tablet Details Confirmed, will be Google I/O Freebie

Google will introduce its Nexus 7 tablet today at Google I/O and give early units away to conference attendees we’ve confirmed with sources. The tablet looks like a good starting point, but it is not an iPad killer as some Android enthusiasts have hoped for.

With a price of “less than half the cost of an iPad” according to our source, it’s clear that Google had to make some compromises. But Google’s not looking to knock the iPad off its throne with the Nexus 7. Instead, the company is hoping to get developers and Android users excited about Android tablets.

Asus is manufacturing the first Google-branded Android tablet. As the name suggests, the Google Nexus tablet will ship with a 7″ display that packs 1280 x 800 display. Viewing isn’t limited to the small display however thanks to both a docking connector and HDMI port. The HDMI port follows Google’s renewed TV efforts and may encourage developers to build apps for the living room.

Google Nexus 7 Tablet rendering

Leaked renderings show a black Nexus 7, with the Nexus branding emblazoned across its back. There will be a white Nexus 7, though our sources couldn’t say if it would actually be sold to the general public. Instead, the white Nexus 7 may be reserved for Google I/O attendees, Google employees and partners. Google’s given away customized Nexus devices to insiders in the past, including a Louis Vuitton inspired Samsung Galaxy Nexus to celebrate the launch of Ice Cream Sandwich.

Unfortunately, the Nexus 7 tablet doesn’t come with a rear-facing camera. This is a bonehead move on Google’s part. Rear-facing cameras may not be used all that often by many tablet users, but it’s something they’ve come to expect thanks to other manufacturers, such as Apple and Samsung. This will be a black mark on the Nexus 7 spec sheet.

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Google will stress how the Nexus 7 works its cloud services during its presentation. That’s understandable considering the Nexus 7 tablet will ship with just 8GB or 16GB of storage capacity.

The Nexus 7 will feature Jelly Bean, a new version of Android, Google’s mobile operating system. Apple made quite a splash by introducing iOS 6 earlier this month at its WWDC 2012 keynote. Jelly Bean details are still under wraps, but we’re sure Google will introduce several killer features to set it apart.

The Google Nexus 7 is the first ‘pure’ Android tablet. Designed to showcase Google’s mobile operating system and act as a development testbed, it will be free of third-party apps and other nuisances that make it onto most Android devices.

Google will be the second company to introduce its first tablet this month. Microsoft announced its Surface tablet on June 18, much to the dismay of traditional PC vendors.

Comments

  1. Boulton O'Kelly says

    Thank goodness they’ve left the rear camera off, the most useless thing ever on a tablet and complete waste of money.

  2. Mike Cane says

    >>>Unfortunately, the Nexus 7 tablet doesn’t come with a rear-facing camera.

    Doubly ironic given you can’t sanp a QR Code — which Google pushes — with a front camera!

    And wait — no SD slot? THAT would be a boneheaded move more than no back camera.

  3. Vikas Singh says

    The jelly bean os! isnt google moving too fast. still more than 65% android usage is on the gingerbread release and they have moved on to the jelly bean release. and that is when very low number of smartphones support 4.0…

    • therealcbone says

      Hardly Google’s fault. Blame carriers and manufacturers wanting to bloat it up with their junk and make sure there aren’t any easter eggs that will cut into their profits.

  4. RJ Martone says

    Have used a Lenovo S2 ICS tablet for 2 weeks. Haven’t missed a rear camera at all. And haven’t used my iPad at all, since ICS blows away the iPad OS. I’m actually getting real work done. The Nexus 7 will explode if price is low enough. That sound you hear is Steve spinning in his grave.

  5. Robert Lanza says

    Hi,

    I just received my Nexus 7 today. However, I won’t open the box because apparently the box was previously opened and then the same black tape was used to reseal it.

    Not happy about that. Users are saying because Google opened it to put my account info on it. I don’t remember checking off that option and it does not show on the receipt.

    Their info on preloading says they use serial number to link to account, no mention of opening box.

    Why was done, can I feel safe opening before getting reason from Google?

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