The launch of Nexus 7 by Google has set the tablet industry ablaze, not for producing a super cheap tablet, but for packing in a fully featured tablet for a small price tag of $199. So let’s see how well does it stacked up against the new iPad, the current undisputed king of the tablet world, and Microsoft’s own Surface, which was released just two weeks back.
Comparison: Google Nexus 7 vs Microsoft Surface vs Apple iPad 3
Android 4.1 Jelly Bean
7” 1280×800 IPS Display
10.6” ClearType HD Display
9.7” 2048×1536 IPS Display
1.2MP front camera
5MP rear and 0.3MP front camera
1 GB RAM
1 GB RAM
8GB and 16GB
32GB, 64GB for Surface RT and 64GB, 128GB for Surface Pro
16GB, 32GB and 64GB
Quad-core Nvidia Tegra 3 processor
Nvidia ARM processor on Surface RT and Intel iCore i5 on Surface Pro
1.0 Ghz Dual-core Apple A5X processor
WiFi 802.11 b/g/n
Surface RT is WiFi Only while Surface Pro will be WiFi + 3G/4G LTE
WiFi 802.11 b/g/n/a
Pen with Palm Block
198.5 x 120 x 10.45mm
241.2 x 185.7 x 9.4 mm
Surface RT – 9.3mm
Surface Pro – 13.5mm
4325 mAh (Upto 8 hours of active use)
11560 mAh (Upto 10 hours of active use)
This ‘pure Google experience’ tablet has fragmented the tablet market into two sections — The premium section led by the iPad and the affordable section for which the Nexus 7 has been made for.
In the upcoming 6-7 months, I’m pretty sure that the Nexus 7 will cover a significant tablet market share by focusing sorely on the ‘Affordable’ section while iPad will undoubtedly remain the king of the ‘Premium’ section. The real challenge will certainly be felt by the Microsoft Surface, which will have a tough time trying to enter in a market that exists between these two sections.
As expected, Google finally unveiled its first tablet device, the Nexus 7 at the Google’s I/O event in San Francisco. As the name suggest, this tablet comes with a 7 inch display. The Nexus 7 is manufactured by Asus and it runs on Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, the latest version of Android Operating System. It is the first device that ships with Chrome as the standard browser. This budget tablet comes with an incredible specs. Check out the complete features after the break.
Nexus 7 features a 7 inch HD display, sporting a resolution of 1280 x 800 pixels, Corning Gorilla Glass 2, Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean) OS, 1.2 megapixel camera for video calls, WiFi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth, MicroUSB and much more. This device is powered by a quad-core Tegra 3 processor, 12-core GPU and 1GB RAM. Apart from these amazing specs, it comes with a 4325 mAh battery, which offers up to 300 hours of stand-by time and allows you to watch videos for up to 9 hours.
The Nexus 7 will be available in 8 GB and 16 GB variants. Some important features missing from this device are a rear-facing camera, microSD card slot and 3G/4G connectivity. However, it features NFC (Near Field Connectivity) along with the Android Beam. This device measures 198.5 mm x 120 mm x 10.45 mm and weighs just 340g.
Now, its your turn to guess the price of this incredible device. $499? You are absolutely wrong. The Nexus 7 comes with a price-tag of just $199. You heard it right! The Nexus 7 is not just powerful, but it is also budget-friendly. You can get the 8GB variant for $199 and the 16 GB variant for $249. The UK pricing is £159 and £199 respectively. The Nexus 7 is currently up for pre-order. This device will ship during mid-July. Google also offer $25 credit, which lets you purchase your favorite apps and games from the Google Play Store. Check out the pre-order links below.
With less than 30 mins left for the Google I/O to begin, two upcoming product announcement from Google have leaked online – the NExus 7 and Nexus Q. The Nexus 7, as rumors had suggested, is a 7-inch Android tablet manufactured by Asus and is powered by a Nvidia Tegra 3 SoC, 1GB of RAM, and 8 or 16GB of internal storage.
Apart from the usual bunch of sensors and connectivity features, the tablet will also come with NFC for easy sharing of data among various Android devices. The main selling point of the Nexus 7 will however be its price point of $199.
The surprise leak before the event is the Nexus Q. From the pictures posted by Droid-Life, the Nexus Q looks like a portable NFC touting speakers, similar to Nokia’s Play 360.
It will be interesting to see what advantage does the Nexus Q offers over the Nokia Play 360 speakers.