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Google Nexus 7 tablet is unveiled at Google I/O

Google enters the tablet market with Nexus 7 tablet

Google has announced the Nexus 7 tablet running on Android 4.1 Jelly Bean.

The firm announced the tablet at its Google I/O conference which started today in San Francisco. The Nexus 7 is available to pre-order today for $199 and willl launch mid-July.

Google Nexus 7

Confirmed specifications include a 7in screen with a resolution of 800 x 1280, a 1.3Ghz nVidia Tegra 3 quad-core processor and a 12-core GPU. The cheaper model has 8GB of storage but there is a 16GB available for $249.

Other features include a front facing camera, near-field communications (NFC) technology and a nine hour battery life. As expected Google has teamed up with Asus to produce the Nexus tablet which weights 340g.

The Nexus tablet will go up against the Apple iPad but a more direct target, given its price, is Amazon's own-brand Kindle Fire Google's Chrome is the new default  web browser.

Breaking with tradition the Nexus tablet has débuted the next version of Android, 4.1 Jelly Bean. Previous versions of the mobile operating system have been launched with Nexus smartphones, the last of which was the Galaxy Nexus which introduced 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. See also: Android Jelly Bean release date, features, rumour round-up.

Google Nexus 7 tablet at Google I/O


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