Today at Google I/O, Google announced the Asus Nexus 7 tablet that will be the company’s first Nexus branded slate.
As expected, Google has unveiled the Nexus 7 which goes on sale today for $199 with orders shipping out in mid-July alongside Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, the software that Google announced with the tablet today at its annual conference.
The tablet will run the new software out of the box which means it will have access to Jelly Bean’s new features which include Google Now – a powerful new voice search tool, customizable widgets, a faster and smoother UI, and upgraded camera features.
From a hardware standpoint, the device features a 7-inch display that will feature 1280×800 resolution. It will feature a Tegra 3 quad-core processor from NVIDIA. It also features a front-facing camera for video chatting purposes, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth support, and up to 9 hours of HD video.
Google says that the device is made for Google Play and it means it. Once the device is booted up, it will take users to a Google Play splash page where they can download everything from books to music to apps.
It will take advantage of a new Magazine application that will offer a unique way to read magazines and it will also feature tablet optimized articles. Content can also be downloaded for offline use.
Chrome will ship as the standard browser and it will be the first device to do so.
It will also come with a new YouTube application designed specifically for tablets. The Google Nexus 7 tablet also has a gyroscope and a accelerometer which Google says will transformer the Nexus 7 into a serious gaming device.
Those interested in Google’s new Nexus 7 tablet can pre-order the device starting today and it will be available in Wi-Fi only form for $199. Orders will ship in July and Google will sweeten the deal with a $25 credit to spend in the Google Play Store.