Google Nexus 7 tablet specs revealed

Google Nexus 7 tablet specs revealed

Summary: Leaked Google's Nexus 7 specs show a 7-inch Tegra 3 powered Android 4.1 "Jelly Bean" tablet.

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Ahead of Google's I/O keynote event, the specs for the company's previously unannounced -- but heavily rumored -- tablet have been leaked.

According to images uncovered by tech site Modaco, the tablet is called the Nexus 7, and both the name and specifications are in line with details previously rumored.

The specs show that the Nexus 7 is a 7-inch tablet featuring a 1280 x 800 HD display with a pixel density of 216 pixels-per-inch, which is only slightly lower than the iPad 3 with its 264 pixels-per-inch screen density. The screen is covered with what is described as "scratch-resistant Corning glass" which we can assume is a form of Gorilla Glass.

The tablet features a front-facing 1.2 megapixel camera, Bluetooth, a micro USB port and NFC.

As expected, the Nexus 7 will run Google's upcoming Android 4.1 "Jelly Bean" operating system, a platform about which very little is known at present.

The Nexus 7 is powered by a quad-core Tegra 3 processor and comes with either 8GB or 16GB of internal storage and 1GB of RAM. The tablet is powered by a 4,325mAh battery offering up to 8 hours of active use.

The 8GB model will cost $199, while the 16GB device will be priced at $249. Price includes $25 credit to spend in the Google Play store, plus a copy of Transformers Dark of the Moon.

Google has begun taking pre-orders now and the Nexus 7 tablets will ship in the next two weeks.

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  • So....

    When does it go on sale?
    blarelli
    • Haven't you heard

      According to SJVN, if it is not released the day of the announcement, it is vaporware.
      Your Non Advocate
      • It's not annouced yet - it's leaked...

        nt

        Update: actually, Google just announced it, but keynote is still in progress.
        Update 2: seems like it will ship in July
        vgrig
      • No No!!!

        No no! Microsoft Surface is vaporware...

        Android tablets are crapware...
        EricDeBerg
  • ugliest piece of ...

    nuff said
    nessrapp
    • Oh, so no chance that...

      ...Apple try to ban it? Good. :-)
      vgrig
    • It looks exactly like the iPad

      Rectangular? Check.
      Rounded corners? Check.
      Black Bezel? Check.
      Big Apple logo? Well, no, but that hardly matters at all.
      toddbottom3
      • Oh, no...

        So, would someone please make an oval device? And don't even call it "tablet" - call it "pancake" or something.
        vgrig
      • Hey Fanboy! Microsoft unveiled the 'tablet PC' in the year 2000

        Really, you are claiming that round corners are some sort of patentable offense? In that case my nook is OK, don't tell apple that as they are after B&N. The same Apple that sued microsoft for using point and click on a GUI which was a 'breakthru' they didn't even own. Xerox told them "Go ahead and use it." In essence giving up the IP on the GUI. Lawyers got rich for two years on that. How about the color black, got a patent on that. Or the Rectangular shape. Maybe the TV people should sue apple for using the 16:9 ratio thing. Or maybe you apple fanboys are just too silly, along with the corporate people. I've seen Ipads. I think they are a touch oversized. An 8 or 9 inch might be better.. If I was going to lug something 10" along, I'd get a 10 " laptop.
        Bill F.
        • See that mirror?

          You attack somebody calling them a fanboy while acting like a hater. Don't you realize that a hater is absolutely no better than a fanboys? Were you looking in a mirror and got confused? Based on a few of your statement your facts are obviously confused.
          non-biased
  • In what universe is 20% fewer (216 vs. 264)

    considered "slightly less?"
    baggins_z
    • In the same universe where...

      ...18.1818182 is 20. :-P
      vgrig
    • Easy.

      The anything but Apple universe. For 45% of the iPad screen size, it should at least match the iPad.
      dhmccoy
      • Match the iPad in resolution?

        If it did, they'd have to provide reading glasses.
        MedAdMan
    • Hey Clueless

      That 20% is negated because the size of the screen makes for a nearly identical experience.
      slickjim
    • Size Matters

      Right. And, of course, the real difference is in the total resolution, 1280 x 800 on the Nexus compared to 2048 x 1536 on the iPad. That's better than a 3 to 1 pixel advantage for the iPad. Nor does tablet size account for all of that - as you say, the difference in pixel density is significant. If you watch an HD movie on the Nexus it has to be down-sampled; on the iPad it has to be up-sampled - or letter-boxed. The camera on the Nexus is also seriously inferior.

      That said, the Nexus has a few good specs, though internal memory isn't one of them. That's why you need a memory card slot. It provides flexibility but not efficiency. You pay more for in iPad with more memory, but there are no latency issues as there are with a memory card. Nor can you lose, misplace, bend, fold, spindle or mutilate the iPad's memory.

      Far from being an iPad killer, this isn't even an iPad competitor. Clearly the Nexus is just another also-ran. Google chose to compete with second and third tier tablets for minimal profit margins. In what universe is this even a serious business model?
      thewhitedog
      • You're right, but it is a price tag contender!

        Because all Apple products are over priced, and over rated. The average person cannot afford an iPad. The products in the sub $300 category will get into the hands of the average person. Within 5 years the tablets in this price range will perform at the same level as the current iPad. I know you are going to huff and puff and try to blow my house down...but it aint going to happen....because the iPad and the lower tier tablets serve totally different markets.
        cuulblu
        • Over priced based on what?

          Your opinion? Only the person actually purchasing a device can determine it's value. Only a person that owns and uses a device can truly rate it as well. At $399 for a brand new iPad 2 they are not much more than what you call affordable but even with an entry price of $500 they are far from expensive and out of the reach of the average person.
          non-biased
      • well.....

        Yeah, the Flash is a bit lite, though they would totally redeem that issue with a [hopefully full sized] SD slot. And otherwise, you're getting same RAM and over twice the performance of an iPad don't-call-it-3 for half the cash. Not too shabby.

        Particularly after watching a few geeks at Yosemite last week who think their iPads are cameras ... maybe Apple was right on the iPad 2, that the tablet camera is really best suited for video chat, augmented reality, etc. When your toy camera is bulkier than a real camera like my Canon 60D, time fior a reality check.
        Hazydave
      • Just like the Kindle.

        This isn't meant to compete with the iPad. Google knows thats an extremely hard market to break into and its hardware makers are already trying hard to get into that market (not to say that Google wouldn't try anyway, lead by example and all that). However, it is DEFINITELY reasonable to go head-to-head with the Kindle Fire - there is NO competition for it currently, and 7 is definitely being marketed as a content-focused device. Google even has a larger book selection than Amazon (keynote quote: "largest book library in the world", give or take a few words)!

        This thing blows the Fire WAY out of the water specs-wise, and Google's ecosystem is definitely more evolved than Amazon in some ways, especially with the new services announced at I/O. That Keynote presentation was pretty sweet (no pun intended).
        Walkop