Google Nexus 7 Tablet Price $199, Complete Technical Specifications, Release Date : Officially Announced!

For the past three or so years, Google had been exclusively releasing expensive smartphones to introduce every major refresh to its mobile operating system.

So far (if my memory serves me right), we've got Google Nexus One made by HTC for Froyo, Samsung Nexus S for Gingerbread, and Samsung Nexus Prime for Ice Cream Sandwich.

This year, Google did something different; The company announced a very affordable tablet to herald the arrival of the latest version of Android OS called Jelly Bean.

(This is surprising because, if you remember, one of the earlier versions of Android called 'Honeycomb' was made specifically to run on tablets and the company never really bothered to release a slate as an introductory device then. So what made them want to try their hands on such a device this time?)

Meet Google Nexus 7 made by Asus --

google nexus 7 tablet

google nexus 7 tablet

Google describes Nexus 7 as 'a powerful new tablet' with a vibrant, 7-inch 1280 x 800 HD resolution display. Inside its textured shell, you'll find a Tegra-3 chipset, with a quad-core CPU and 12-core GPU, making everything including apps and games, extremely fast. Those are stellar innards for an entry-level slate, really.

google nexus 7 tablet

google nexus 7 tablet

"Nexus 7 was built to bring you the best of Google in the palm of your hand. Hang out with up to 10 friends on Google+ using the front-facing camera, browse the web blazingly fast with Chrome and, of course, crank through your emails with Gmail," said Google.

google nexus 7 tablet
And it's only 340 grams! That's lighter than most tablets out there so I bet you won't have any problem carrying this one around.

It even has a front-facing camera for video calls. This shooter also takes 1.2 MegaPixel stills and 720p videos!

But the best part is that Google Nexus 7 only costs $199 or around Php 8,500 with current conversion, before taxes! Believe it! And it even includes a lot of freebies like "the movie "Transformers: Dark of the Moon," the book "The Bourne Dominion," magazines like Condé Nast Traveler and Popular Science, and songs from bands like Coldplay and the Rolling Stones." Plus, you'll get a $25 credit to purchase your favorite movies, books and more from Google Play, for a limited time. Talk about sulit!

The tablet is now available for pre-order in the United States and will start shipping come July this year; That's already next month. No word yet on its availability in the Philippines. In fact, I'm not sure if it will ever see 'official' release here. Here's to hoping it eventually lands on our shores.

TP Thoughts:

1. So why the sudden decision to release a tablet? Well, Google probably saw that there's a big market for affordable tablets -- thanks to Amazon's Kindle Fire and its overwhelming success in the US. Apple's iPad may be the undisputed king in the high-end tablet category but there's still room for a clear leader in the entry-level echelon.

2. Jelly Bean brings a number of exciting, new enhancements to Android OS. These include an 'actionable' and customizable notifications tab, revamped Google Play store offering movies, music and publications, zero lag shutter for the default camera, and redesigned Google Search, among others. But the most promising development is "Project Butter", which aims altogether eliminate lag when interacting with the user interface. If you're an Android user, then you should be all too familiar with this problem. To fix this, Jelly Bean does this thing called 'Triple Buffering' which makes the hardware, including the processor and graphics processing unit work together to offer a faster, smoother experience across the board. Sounds great -- but, as always, I'll have to experience the smoother UI first to believe.

3. Like what I said, I'm not sure if Google Nexus 7 will even see official release in the Philippines. It's a Wifi-only device so obviously, carriers that brought the Nexus handsets to the country as 'bundled smartphones for their postpaid plans' won't be too keen on bringing this slate here. So I'd advise you not to hold your breath for it. But don't fret; Google Nexus 7, I believe, is just the first of its kind and I'm sure other companies will announce their own affordable Jelly Bean tablets soon. You just wait and see.

Alright! That's it for now, TP Friends! Stay tuned for updates! In the meantime, you might want to check out (and memorize) the complete technical specifications of Google Nexus 7;

TechPinas Tablet Technical Specs Table (TTabTST)
Name Google Nexus 7
Type Tablet
Price Category Entry Level
Dimensions and Weight198.5 x 120 x 10.5 mm, 340 grams
Available Colors Black
Operating System Android 4.1 Jelly Bean
Display 7.0 inches (~216 ppi pixel density), 800 x 1280 pixels resolution, LED-backlit IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors
Processor Quad-core 1.3 GHz Nvidia Tegra 3 chipset ULP GeForce GPU
Internal Storage 8 GB or 16GB of non-expandable internal storage
Camera 1.2 MegaPixels
Video Capture 720p
Audio and Video Playback MP4/DivX/Xvid/H.264/H.263/WMV/MP3/WAV/eAAC+/WMA player
Ports 3.5 mm audio jack, microUSB v2.0
Connectivity Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n
Sensors Digital Compass, Accelerometer, Gyroscope
Battery Li-Ion 4325 mAh
Uptime TBD
Value-Added Features First Google Tablet, Brand New OS, low price tag
Announcement June 28, 2012
Availability Available for pre-order in the US, ships in July; TBA in the Philippines
Price $199 for the 8GB version
$249 for the 16GB version

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