Friday, August 17, 2012

Asus Nexus 7 Unofficially in the Philippines

Google's popular Asus Nexus 7 tablet is not officially released in the Philippines yet. This Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean) tablet sports a 7-inch WXGA (1280x800)
IPS display, has a gaming oriented NVIDIA Tegra 3 T30L 1.2Ghz Quad-Core inside and a large 432 5mAh battery which is good for 9 hours of use. For internal storage is comes in two versions, one with 8 GB of storage, and the other with 16 GB. There is no MicroSD card slot.

Several local seller have been selling small numbers of these. Thinking about getting one I found Widget City has them listed at Php12,750 for the 8 GB model and Php15,750 for the 16 GB model. Given that the US prices are US$199 and US$249, I was expecting it to cost about Php10,500 for the 8 GB model, and Php13,000 for the 16 GB model.

Still with a budget 13-16K, I would pick the Nexus 7 over any of its Android competitors. Even the higher end 16 GB model at Php15,750 does not look bad in terms of price when you compare it to the Php18,990 iPad 2 which has a dual core processor and a much lower resolution display.

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