Google Nexus 7 Leaked Specs And Pic Emerge

The Google Nexus 7 tablet is not a mystery anymore! We already know that Google is planning to launch the Asus manufactured 7 inch Nexus tablet at the upcoming Google’s I/O event in San Francisco. The guys at Gizmodo Australia have recently got their hands on the training material of the Nexus tablet. According to the leaked document, the tablet will be called as the “Nexus 7″ and it will be the first device to run Jelly Bean, the new version of Android OS. Check out the leaked design and specs after the break.

Google Nexus 7 Specifications:

  • 7 inch IPS display
  • 1280 x 800 pixels resolution
  • 1.3 GHz quad-core Tegra 3 processor
  • Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean) OS
  • 1GB RAM
  • 8GB / 16GB Internal Storage
  • 1.2MP front facing camera
  • Wi-Fi a/b/g/n
  • NFC (Near Field Communication)
  • 9 hours battery life

The Nexus tablet will also feature NFC along with the Android Beam and Google Wallet service. The leaked document suggest that the device will go on sale in Australia starting next month. The Nexus tablet will be available in 8 GB and 16 GB variants. Sadly, there won’t be a MircoSD card slot in this device. The battery is reported to last for up to 9 hrs.

The Google Nexus 7 will come with a price tag of $199.99 for the 8 GB variant and $249.99 for the 16 GB variant. This tablet will compete with the highly-popular Kindle Fire in the US market. Are you excited for the Google’s upcoming tablet? Let us know your views in the comments section below.

Asus/Google Tegra 3 Powered Nexus Tablet Details Emerge; Will Run Android 4.1 Jelly Bean?

With Google I/O less than a month to go, some information about the upcoming $199 tablet from Google and the next version of Android has started making their way on the Internet. It is almost confirmed that Google will be releasing a new Nexus tablet at I/O this year, which will be competing with the iPad not on specs, but with its killer price tag of $199.

The folks over at Android Police have done some digging, and it looks like Google has teamed up with Asus to manufacture the $199 Nexus tablet. From the Power Board benchmark website, it looks like the “Nexus 7″ tablet will sport a 7-inch screen with a resolution of 768*1280, and is codenamed grouper. The device will be powered by Nvidia’s Tegra 3 SoC, which will help Google and Asus in delivering pretty good performance at a very low price point.

This new Nexus tablet from Google will be running a new version of Android, possibly Jelly Bean. The benchmarks indicate the OS build version of the device to be JRN51B, with the SDK and build version at 4.1. Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich brought about a major visual change, so Jelly Bean will be all about new features and usability enhancements.

However, with Ice Cream Sandwich having less than 5% of the total Android market share, I am not sure how manufacturers and other Android device owners will react to a new Android OS version so soon.



Nexus Tablet: Why It is Different from a Nexus Phone

Google Nexus Phone

In the past few days, the rumors of Google making and selling their own tablet have gained steam. The rumors also point to a Kindle Fire-like price point of $199. The instant reaction is to look at Google’s earlier attempt to sell hardware directly to consumers, the Nexus One phone. We know it was a failed experiment which Google acknowledged, by shutting down the operations.

Nexus tablet, on the other hand, is a completely different story. I have firmly believed that tablets should not be sold by the carriers. Yes, there are some options with tablets where you can get cellular broadband service, but first and foremost, a tablet should be sold like a PC. I mean, a computer store or a consumer electronics store. Best Buy, Fry’s Electronics and the like. The carriers can also hop in and sell the 3G/4G versions of the tablets like they tried selling the 3G-enabled netbooks. So, taking the sales point away from the carrier stores is a good sign. Compare this with the phone where, at least in the US, it is extremely hard to sell a phone without subsidies. Nokia tried it long time ago and failed. Even Apple briefly tried the unsubsidized route but realized people are much more sensitive to upfront price than you would think. Given that the sale of the phone is tied so much to a carrier, it does not make much sense to conduct the sale away from the carrier. Apple is clearly an exception here, like in many business processes today.

Secondly, the price. If the rumors are true and the tablet is in fact around $199, it will be a huge win. A stock Android tablet with no “skins” installed, for $199 could be an interesting device. Kindle Fire has its ecosystem to rely upon but out of the box, it does limit which Android apps can run on the device. If a Nexus tablet can run all Android apps, and additionally support Amazon media consumption (either via Amazon apps like Kindle app or via the browser for Amazon Video), it becomes a superset of the Fire, for the same price as the Fire. Yes, the current Android tablets already do all of that, I understand. However, none of them have gained any traction yet, and if Google can get behind the marketing and sales, and create a Nexus phone-style clean and crisp user experience, I think users may get interested.

In fact, if this strategy does not work, you can presumably call it the end of the road for Android tablets.