Photos: Google's Nexus 7 tablet serves up Jelly Bean

Photos: Google's Nexus 7 tablet serves up Jelly Bean

Summary: The Nexus 7 is the first tablet that Google will sell directly to the public, starting at £159 for the quad-core device running the next version of Android, Jelly Bean


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  • Nexus 7 back

    The Nexus range, which has been all about smartphones until now, always ships with the latest version of Android in vanilla form, without manufacturer customisations.

    Nexus devices are also the first to get updates to Android. As can be seen in this shot, the Nexus 7 is made by Asus. The hardware maker built the tablet from scratch in four months, Asus chairman Jonny Shih told All Things D, saying the project was "torture" for its engineers.

    However, the specifications and price of the device are almost identical to those of the ME370T, which Asus unveiled at the Consumer Electronics Show in January but never got round to releasing.

    Image credit: Jessica Dolcourt/CNET News

  • Nexus 7 side

    Like the ME370T, the Nexus 7 has a 1280x800-pixel IPS screen, a quad-core Tegra 3 processor and a 12-core GPU.

    The tablet weighs 340g, which is significantly lighter than the Kindle Fire's 413g. At its 7-inch screen size, the Nexus 7 is much more of a direct competitor to Amazon's Android-based tablet than it is to the bulkier and more unwieldy iPad.

    However, the Nexus 7 is about twice as heavy as the basic Kindle e-reader, for those considering using Google's tablet for reading.

    Image credit: Josh Miller/CNET News

  • Nexus 7 buttons

    Google is making a big content push with the Nexus 7, not only bundling it with a £15 Google Play voucher but also preloading it with books and movies.

    The tablet will ship with The Bourne Dominion e-book, Transformers: Dark of the Moon movie, magazines such as Popular Science, and Coldplay and Rolling Stones songs.

    Magazines are a new addition to the Google Play store, as are TV shows.

    Image credit: Josh Miller/CNET News

Topics: Mobility, Android, Google, Smartphones

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  • I'd like a 7" tablet with 3G conenctivity that I can also use as a phone.
    I'd /really/ like one with the bluetooth headset docked on one edge for recharging!
    Oh, and 1280x800 is a bit poor for 2012, surely?

    Guess that means I'm passing up this one, it is rather underwhelming.
    • Horses for Courses and Freedom of Market Choice.

      Yeah, RIGHT !
      Dream on, and go look elsewhere.
      But littering this column with innapproriate comments helps no-one.
      The specifications and retail price tag of this device perfectly fits Google's intended market and, frankly, I'm surprised that you haven't had sufficient heads-up savvy to form a more balanced opinion than that muted above.
  • It ain't no surface
  • Surface kills this
    • I don't think that..

      The surface is now competition.
  • Just another iPad

    Looking at this device I see yet another "me too" device.

    I have always held off from buying an iPad because I carry my notebook with me wherever I go and between that and my smartphone I can do everything I need.

    Since seeing the unveiling of the MS Surface, I have (for the first time) started seeing a real value in having a tablet for myself.

    Sadly, there is nothing on the tablet market that currently matches the need that the Surface has exposed within me.

    Now I wait...