It seems like everyone has their sights on tablets these days. This week at Google I/O 2012 we got our first real look at the Nexus 7 tablet. It's Google’s first tablet offering. They’ve partnered with Asus to get it manufactured which means good things are in store for this shiny new gadget.
To start with, lets talk about the screen. This tablet features a seven inch IPS screen supporting a native resolution of 1280 by 800 pixels. On a seven inch screen thats a fantastic resolution, giving you a crisp and beautiful picture. Under the proverbial hood you’ll find a Nvidia Tegra 3 quad core 1.3GHz processor and a 12-core GPU driving it all. The hardware itself stacks up at 10.45mm thick, and a weight of just 0.7 pounds. The back surface has a soft texture for added grip and comfort.
Like most Android tablets this one too has a Micro-USB port, a gigabyte of RAM, GPS, gyroscope, accelerometer, microphone, NFC, and 802.11a/b/g/n WiFi. It does have a 1.2 megapixel front facing camera, but atypical of other tablets, there is no rear facing camera. I doubt that omission is really going to impact many users at all though. As for battery life, Google claims you’ll be able to enjoy HD video playback for a full nine hours on a single charge!
One nice treat for early adopters is that this is going to be one of the first devices that will come loaded with Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean) which was also recently announced at Google I/O 2012. Considering that, you can expect the operating system to run smooth and efficiently on this unit at a wonderful 60fps.
We’re still waiting for details to roll in on these but on paper they look like a nice option for a lot of people. It's great to see Google really getting their hands dirty in the Tablet sphere, beyond just promoting their Android OS. It looks like they’re really committing to tablets and this might just be them opening to door to even bigger developments in the future. This is hot on the heels of Microsoft’s exciting Surface announcement too so the outlook for tablets is looking bright indeed.
The long-awaited Google-created Nexus 7 tablet has arrived and it's everything you expected it to be and more. The 7-inch Corning glass display features a high resolution that's perfect for HD video and gaming. A 10-hour battery life means you're in for the long haul. And new Android 4.1 Jelly Bean works alongside an NVIDIA Tegra 3 processor to deliver unsurpassed performance.
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