During its Google I/O annual developer conference, Google unveiled a powerful, sleek tablet called the Nexus 7 — the first device that will run on Android’s next-generation Jelly Bean mobile operating system.
The price point is extremely competitive: the 8GB model will cost $199, while the 16GB device will be priced at $249. Google is taking pre-orders now and will ship the Nexus 7 in mid-July to the U.S., U.K., Canada and Australia.
The Nexus 7, which was designed to bring the visual experience to life, is optimal for watching movies, playing games and reading e-magazines. It is pre-loaded with the 2011 film Transformers: Dark of the Moon and issues of various publications including Popular Science and the Food Network. It also comes with $20 credit to use in Google Play.
The move is a part of an effort to give Amazon’s Kindle Fire a run for its money, but Google might run into trouble getting consumers to buy e-books, music and movies on its own platform.
Boasting a 7-inch 1280×800 HD display (216 ppi) and a 12-core CPU, the device packs a heavy punch under its exterior. It’s the first 7-inch tablet with a quad-core Nvidia Tegra 3 processor.
The Asus-manufactured Nexus 7 is available in both 8GB and 16GB models and a 4325 mAh battery, which promises nine hours of HD video playback on just one charge.