Thursday, June 28, 2012

Asus Nexus 7 Tablet Now Official

The first official image of the Asus Nexus 7 has been released at Google Play.

The specifications for the tablet are as follows:
  • Android 4.1
  • 7” 1280x800 HD display (216 ppi) back-lit IPS display
  • Scratch-resistant Corning glass
  • WiFi 802.11 b/g/n
  • 8/16 GB internal storage
  • 1 GB RAM
  • Quad-core Tegra 3 processor
  • 12-Core GPU
  • 1.2MP front-facing camera
  • NFC (Android Beam)
  • Accelerometer
  • GPS
  • Magnetometer
  • Gyroscope
  • 198.5 x 120 x 10.45mm
  • 340g
  • Bluetooth
  • Micro USB
  • Microphone
  • 4325 mAh battery (up to 8 hours of active use)
Price starts at US$199 for the 8 GB version. US$250 for the 16 GB version.  You get a US$25 credit which you can spend at the Google Play store. Effectively, the Nexus 7 costs you as little as US$174.

Pre-order up today. The bad news, well it is just the US, Canada, UK and Australia for now.

The new Nexus 7 tablet does not have any ground braking hardware. It really is a platform used to highlight the new Android 4.1 features:

  • Smoother UI. The Android UI now runs a 60 frames per second.
  • Low system requirements. It is even being released for the single core Google Nexus S.
  • Chrome Browser is now the default web browser.
  • Offline voice dictation/voice typing
  • Google Beam allows you to send photos and videos to another Android device. Pairing of the devices can be done by taping the two together.
  • Improve notifications bar which allows notifications to be expanded to show more information.
  • Improved search bar.
  • Improve voice search.
  • Features Google Now, which provided contextual search without having to search. Google Now give you relevant information based on time, your location, calendar and other information (a bit creepy).
  • Smart app updates. Instead of downloading the entire app to update, you will only have to download the changes in the APK.
  • App encryption to prevent app piracy.

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