Google's 7in Nexus tablet announced, $199.99

Google will be announcing a tablet later today at its upcoming keynote. As the image indicates above, the tablet will come in the 7in class size and appears to be a direct competitor to the Kindle Fire.

While what is powering the device is still not known (for another hour or so), the device matches all of the previous rumors which indicated that it will be a $199.99 device at retail. We will update this post as we learn more about the latest tablet from Google.

[Update] The tablet will run Jellybean 4.1 and is built for Google Play. The display is 1280x800 display, Tegra 3 with a quad core CPU and a 12 core GPU. Google says this will make everything fast and fluid and of course it has a front facing camera, gyroscope, accelerometer, 9 hrs of battery life, and weighs 350 grams.  

 

The features of Google's Nexus 7 tablet is as followed::

  • The device will enable magazines to read more easily with a designated Ui for reading material.
  • There is now multiple widget allowing you to find content within their designated categories that you may be interested in. The “What’s this song” widget will listen and find songs that you may not know the name of and find them in the play store.
  • The Nexus 7 will also be the first device to natively include Google Chrome – it is assumed that this will replace the standard Android browser.
  • Support for maps will be improved and certain maps can now be made to be available offline.
  • Google translate is able to translate language in digital reading materials – should the option be available.
  • The Nexus tablet runs the latest games extremely well.

The device is available for as little as $199 and with it you’ll get $25 dollars voucher and free content at launch. 

Jake Durasamy contributed to this post

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I for one think the bezel looks just perfect, did a comparison with the other tablets and it really doesn't look that much bigger then others. Leaves more room to hold on to without worrying about your fingers all over the screen. Lack of SD slot is kinda lame, but if it has USB I guess I can use usb card reader with a Micro SD. The fact that it's small enough to hold in one hand like in the video is awesome, I would hate to have to carry this 10" tablet around, 7" much more do-able. Great work Google.

first things I noticed was that bezel WHATTTTT.

I think this will sell for 150 soon. for that it will be good bargin.

For $200, it seems like a reasonable return. I'd rather spend more for more, but I think some of the critical comments of the tablet are harsh given the price point.

What's with these tablets with no flash: iPad, Nexus 7, Surface? Sure, I don't plan on using a tablet as camera, at least not all the time, but it would be nice to have that.

7" for a tablet is too small.

omgben said,
I bet this tablet is not making the people who are lining up for the Surface reconsider.

Didn't you get the memo? Surface is vapourware. It will be available sometime in anyone's guess.

The Nexus 7 and Q will be available in a few weeks. That's the difference between a real product and vapourware.

omgben said,
I bet this tablet is not making the people who are lining up for the Surface reconsider.

I don't think anybody knows what a surface is, let alone cares

Tablet is not Impressive but if you read the new features in 4.1 Jellybeans Android software it starting to be more interesting:
New features are
--"Project Butter" is a fundamental change to how Android is rendered, run, and displayed. This change includes a couple of impressive features. For example, the entire OS now runs at 60 frames per second, and "CPU Touch Responsiveness" has been added, which ramps up CPU performance whenever the screen is touched.

--Self-correcting homescreen arrangement. Widgets now resize to fit existing space, or app shortcuts automatically re-align themselves around widgets. Previously, resizing was disallowed when widget dimensions did not match screen real estate availability.

--Predictive Keyboard which guesses the next word of your message based upon context.

--Speech recognition and voice typing now has offline mode.

--Support for more input languages including Arabic, Hebrew, Persian, Hindi, and Thai has been added, bi-directional text is now supported.

--Gesture Mode, combining touch and voice, has been improved for visually impaired users.

--Jelly Bean Camera app includes new review mode of previously-taken photos, with a pinch to zoom gesture to pull back out to "filmstrip view," where users can swipe to discard photos, similar to the tab feature in Chrome beta.

--Android Beam now engages interdevice communication with NFC, but hands information transfer over to Bluetooth.

--The stock Android browser has been replaced fully with Google Chrome.

and more:
read here: http://betanews.com/2012/06/27...p;utm_content=Google+Reader

I know it's been said, but wow that bezel is big. They really should consider the ratio of screen to bezel size. Right now, its too damn high.

I'm surprised Microsoft hasn't trademarked "Fast & Fluid." They've hammered that little phrase home very well in all Metro talks.

Skwerl said,
I'm surprised Microsoft hasn't trademarked "Fast & Fluid." They've hammered that little phrase home very well in all Metro talks.

Too bad IE crashed in the Surface demo then.

Odom said,
Did I read that correctly??
"Tegra 3 with a quad core CPU and a 12 core GPU"

No, of course that's wrong. All Tegra 3 chipsets do actually have 5 CPU cores (4+1 helper, low power core) an 12 GPU cores.

Unsure. I often tend to buy the more expensive choice if the quality is lacking. Quality is just so important for me as a customer to feel satisfied and for this sort of product the being cheap just doesn't compensate that. I am not very impressed by ICS on tablets, but for 200$ it's fair. Anyway, it's nice to see someone doing something not as expensive and it's absolutley needed. Hopefully it will feel good and still have the low price tag, hard to say right now. It will definitely sell a lot for that price.

At €160 or 199 dollars i will buy it NOW.
it will be nice to have it for that money. Also something for my sister kids to play with.

looks great! just what I was looking for, a powerful and well designed tablet with IDon'tcareifitsstolen included

A large Bezel possibly helps with holding the device and allowing you to rest your thumb and/or fingers somewhere other than the screen.

ryuh3d said,
A large Bezel possibly helps with holding the device and allowing you to rest your thumb and/or fingers somewhere other than the screen.

That's what I like about it. I'm always switching hands and accidentally touch the screen making it freak out on my iPad and Touchpad.

jakem1 said,

And your dinner in the evening


After looking at the picture, I think I'm about to rest my lunch that I just ate on it!

I'm honestly not impressed. It's just yet another Android tablet but with Googles blessing. It could give the Kindle Fire a run for it's money, maybe, we'll see what Amazon does with the Kindle Fire 2.

GP007 said,
I'm honestly not impressed. It's just yet another Android tablet but with Googles blessing. It could give the Kindle Fire a run for it's money, maybe, we'll see what Amazon does with the Kindle Fire 2.

I don't think anyone is surprised you don't like it xD

GP007 said,

I don't seem to be the only one either.

You can't judge public opinion by going off this site's membership xD large chunks of people here will hate just because Google is MS's competitor.

thealexweb said,

You can't judge public opinion by going off this site's membership xD large chunks of people here will hate just because Google is MS's competitor.

So far the market has agreed with me, most android tablets haven't gotten anywhere to the extent that Amazon just came in and took a large chunk with a device that's not all that much to talk about hardware wise. Just not impressed, the design is, for lack of a better word, boring. Take the nexus name away and you'd think it was some low end budget bin android tablet out of china you can get for $50 or something.

GP007 said,

So far the market has agreed with me, most android tablets haven't gotten anywhere to the extent that Amazon just came in and took a large chunk with a device that's not all that much to talk about hardware wise. Just not impressed, the design is, for lack of a better word, boring. Take the nexus name away and you'd think it was some low end budget bin android tablet out of china you can get for $50 or something.

Srs? It ain't a high end tablet by any means but just looking at its decent CPU shows it isn't a piece of crap from China.

thealexweb said,

Srs? It ain't a high end tablet by any means but just looking at its decent CPU shows it isn't a piece of crap from China.

I said it looks like one. Which it does, to me. If you like it then go for it.

.Neo said,

Don't really know what you'd expect for €160...

Just because something is cheaper doesn't mean they can't put some design thought into it. Whatever, I'm not going to keep this up with you guys. It's my opinion, I don't think it looks good, those who like how it looks then go buy it.

GP007 said,
Just because something is cheaper doesn't mean they can't put some design thought into it. Whatever, I'm not going to keep this up with you guys. It's my opinion, I don't think it looks good, those who like how it looks then go buy it.

I'm no fan either, however I am being realistic we're not going to get the Apple's iPad or Microsoft's Surface fit and finish on a $200 device. It's a trade-off.

So Android 4.1 (Jellybean) pretty much look like ICS as predicted? Good going. Android needs some consistency.

Looks nice, but does sport quite a thick bezel o_O.

Neobond said,
Wonder if thats to intentionally make it look bigger?

Could be. I mean it does cost the device in the looks department, but I also think it was most-likely done so hands don't cover the screen when holding it.

Zeikku said,
So Android 4.1 (Jellybean) pretty much look like ICS as predicted? Good going. Android needs some consistency.

Looks nice, but does sport quite a thick bezel o_O.

I'd be almost willing to bet that the bezel is close to the same size as it is on a 10 inch tablet and just looks huge because it is relatively (to the screen size) larger

Zeikku said,
but I also think it was most-likely done so hands don't cover the screen when holding it.

Like the iPad the device is clearly meant to be primarily used in portrait, unlike the Galaxy Tab which is designed to be used primarily in landscape. As such it doesn't make much sense to make the top and bottom part of the bezel thicker compared to the sides.

.Neo said,

Like the iPad the device is clearly meant to be primarily used in portrait, unlike the Galaxy Tab which is designed to be used primarily in landscape. As such it doesn't make much sense to make the top and bottom part of the bezel thicker compared to the sides.

I think they made it larger to fit in a bigger battery? 9hrs of HD playback is a bold claim for Android

FalseAgent said,

2) What happened to the tablet UI?!?!?

That's what I'd like to know as well. Without it, it looks like one of those early/cheap Gingerbread tablets.

XMac said,

That's what I'd like to know as well. Without it, it looks like one of those early/cheap Gingerbread tablets.

Well the tablet is cheap, so it seems only fitting it has an interface to match.

Edited by .Neo, Jun 27 2012, 4:22pm :