At the Google IO Keynote, Google expands its Nexus family, introducing the Nexus 7 tablet running the latest Android 4.1 Jelly Bean operating system. Made by Asus, the 7-inch device is powered by NVIDIA’s quad-core Tegra 3 processor and 1GB of RAM. It is available with 8GB or 16GB internal storage and has NO memory card slot.
As Google Play begins selling movies, TV shows and magazines, the Nexus 7 is more a competitor to Amazon’s Kindle Fire. Starting at $199.00, the tablet get a 7-inch 1280×800 HD IPS touchscreen display with scratch-resistant Corning glass, and a 1.2 Megapixel front-facing camera. It supports WiFi 802.11b/g/n, GPS, Bluetooth as well as NFC for Android Beam; and sports magnetometer, gyroscope, accelerometer as well as microphone and speakers.
The Nexus 7 comes with 4325mAh battery providing up to 8 hours of active use. It measures 198.5 x 120 x 10.45mm and weighs 340g. Coming in mid-July, the 8GB model costs $199.99, and the 16GB version sells for $249.