After months of speculation, the rumored Google Nexus tablet is a rumor no more! Boys and girls, meet the Nexus 7.
7 stands for its display size, a 7-inch HD (1280×800 resolution) IPS display. It’s nowhere near edge-to-edge, so expect the actual device to be larger than 7-inches. Under the hood, you’ll find a 1.3GHz Tegra 3 processor accompanied by 1GB of RAM, an NFC chip, a hearty 4325mAh battery, and the latest version of Android – no, not Ice Cream Sandwich, but Android 4.1 Jelly Bean.
This Asus-built tablet is available in two variants – an 8GB model and a 16GB model priced at $199 and $249 respectively. At this price point, it’s basically going head-to-head with the Kindle Fire. The Nexus 7, obviously, has the upper hand in this showdown given, it not only runs on the newest version of Android, but one that’s unrestricted too. Oh, and before I forget, the Nexus 7 also comes with bonus treats too, including $25 Google Play credit and subscription to magazines as well. Talk about a total package!
Downside is the Nexus 7 doesn’t come with any rear-facing camera. It does, however, sport a 1.2-megapixel front-facing cam, but that’s all you’re going to get as far as photography on the Nexus 7 goes. Might be a deal breaker for some, but I’m sure, not for everyone, especially for those who now realize the least used feature on a tablet is a rear-facing cam.
Shipping begins next month though there’s still no word on whether or not it’s officially coming to our local shores. That said, if the Nexus S and Galaxy Nexus is a precedent, then the Nexus 7 tablet should be available in Philippine stores before we bid 2012 adieu.
For more on Google’s maiden tablet offering, you can head on over here.
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