Asus-made Google Nexus 7 tablet gets comprehensively leaked. Images, specs, pricing, everything
Google’s first Nexus tablet has been widely expected to be unveiled during Google I/O this Wednesday. The tablet has been rumored to be made by Asus, and feature a quad-core Nvidia Tegra 3 processor and a sub-$200 price point.
Today though, it looks like all possible details about this tablet have been leaked, courtesy of a purported training document seen by Gizmodo Australia.
The tablet will be called Nexus 7. As its name implies, it’s going to have a 7-inch touchscreen, the resolution of which will be 1280×800. The oft-rumored Tegra 3 processor is indeed in there, clocked at 1.3 GHz. The Nexus 7 will also have 1 GB of RAM, and 8 GB or 16 GB of built-in storage space, as well as a front-facing 1.2 MP camera for video calls, and NFC support. The battery’s capacity hasn’t been leaked, but apparently it should keep the Nexus 7 going for about nine hours.
Needless to say, this tablet will be made by Asus. It will run Android Jelly Bean, which we assume will be version 4.1 based on the latest leaked info. That said, this particular training document did not mention a specific version number. Anyway, we’re bound to find out for sure in just a couple of days.
Finally, let’s get to probably the most important information of all: pricing. The 8 GB version will retail in the US for $199, while the 16 GB of built-in storage will set you back an extra $50. Of course, those prices could end up being different in other countries, as things usually happen in the mobile world.
As for a prospective release date, all we get today is that it will arrive in Australia in July. So it will be in US stores no later than that too.
The price will probably give Amazon some headaches, since its Kindle Fire is selling for exactly that much. Sure, there probably still will be some who’ll prefer to be tied into Amazon’s content ecosystem. On the other hand though, the Nexus 7 will offer Android as Google intended it, and that will be a great proposition for many.
Interestingly, despite the very low price, there’s only one area where an obvious compromise has been made to reach it: the lack of a rear camera. That may sound horrible, but the truth is that taking pictures with a tablet is almost always just plain silly. So our guess is that this particular omission won’t be judged too harshly by Google’s future customers.
Keep in mind that all of the above info may be fake. This close to the unveiling event that’s highly unlikely, but still – you’ve been warned. Now start those countdown clocks.