Asus Explains Lack of Rear Camera on Nexus 7

Asus has explained why the Google Nexus 7 tablet doesn’t have a rear camera while many other tablets on the market do.

According to SlashGear, the company has released a Q and A on the new Android 4.1 Jelly Bean tablet and while many of the other questions have already been answered, the question about why Asus decided to leave off a rear camera on the Nexus 7 hasn’t been.

The company addressed the situation directly saying that the main reason why it didn’t include a rear camera on the tablet was because it wanted to keep cost down. The Google Nexus 7 is $199 for an 8GB model and $249 for a 16GB variant. Both prices are extremely competitive.

Read: Seven Reasons to Love the Nexus 7.

The Nexus 7 doesn’t have a rear camera.

Asus also says that many users would not use the rear camera, even if it were included.

“To make this device accessible to the widest possible market, price is very important. ASUS believes that for this device a good rear camera is important. Adding a high quality rear facing camera will increase the price point and many users would not have a use for it. Adding a lower quality rear facing camera would compromise on the overall user experience so the decision was made not to include a front facing camera therefore keeping the price down and user experience extremely high.”

So, if a rear camera was included on the Nexus 7, the cost of the device would have been higher. And if Asus wanted to keep the price low, it would have had to install a low quality rear facing camera which the company says would have drastically brought down the entire user experience of the Nexus 7.

Apple’s new iPad has a great rear camera although it’s unclear just how many people use it. Rear cameras on tablets, at least the way they are now, are fairly awkward for the user. That being said, it’s not surprising why Asus decided to leave it off.

Fortunately, the tablet does have one camera. Google’s Nexus 7 sports a front-facing camera for use with video chatting software like Google+ Hangouts and Skype.