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Reported $199 Google Nexus 7 tablet details leak out

Google(s goog) is widely expected to debut its own Nexus tablet later this week at its Google I/O event, but early details are reportedly leaking out. According to Gizmodo Australia, which received documentation on the device, the tablet is dubbed the Nexus 7 and its price will start at $199 for an 8 GB model. Most of the specifications listed by Gizmodo are in line with reports throughout the first half of this year.

The documentation received by Gizmodo shows that Asus is making the tablet and it will run on Nvidia’s(s nvda) 1.3 GHz Tegra 3 processor as expected. There may be a 16 GB model available for $249. Android 4.1, which we know know to be Jelly Bean, is the operating system and the 7-inch slate will use a 1280 x 800 resolution IPS display. Battery life is expected to be nine hours and there is a 1.2 megapixel front camera but no rear image sensor shown. NFC support is included, per the documentation.

As Google is likely to sell the Nexus 7 directly on its Google Play Devices page — alongside the $399 Galaxy Nexus phone — I anticipate this device to be Wi-Fi only for connectivity. Google could surprise with the inclusion of a mobile broadband radio but if were going to do so, I’d expect the price to be higher. Lack of carrier involvement adds another benefit: Google can push software updates to the tablet directly.

Given that Android 4.0 addressed many of the platform’s user interface troubles, the Nexus 7 may appeal not only to Android tablet fans but even to those who were considering a similarly priced Amazon Kindle Fire (s amzn) or Barnes & Noble Nook Tablet (s bks). If the leaked documents are correct, the Nexus 7 should offer nearly all of the same functionality and plenty more.

10 Responses to “Reported $199 Google Nexus 7 tablet details leak out”

  1. Doug Marbo

    I am still waiting for a viable replacement for my original T-mobile 7″ Galaxy Tab. I want the carrier data plan on my tablet and T-mobile isn’t offering a replacement worth getting yet. I’m hoping that Google will offer a version with a 4G radio in it but being on T-mobile, I’m used to disappointment regarding device selection.

  2. No mention of a MicroSD slot or bluetooth is very bad news. Looking forward to actually hear from google about the specs/features.

    If the tablet doesn’t have the features I mentioned then I will be forced to take my business to Samsung. I already have the fire which is limited to 8gb. I’m not making that mistake again!!

  3. Jack C

    Kevin, in your experience, is 8gb viable? I struggle to stick within the 16gb limit on my NS and can’t fathom having to get by on half that. A few games, some music, a movie or two, and an Audubon app or two, and I’m already over 8gb. Obviously, this becomes moot if the N7 comes with a microSD slot.

    • Jack, 8 GB is a challenge. Once you include the OS, you already lose around a GB, for starters. Download a movie from Google Play and that’s another 1 to 1.5 GB. Same with music. I’m now streaming more music (and thus carrying less), but I watch local movie files. And then there’s the apps… Like you said, if there’s a microSD card slot, it’s a moot point. But if not, I know I’d drop the extra money for the 16 GB version. My Galaxy Nexus is fine on 16 GB, but I doubt it would be as useful with 8.

  4. These specs look similar to what (little) we know about the Windows RT Surface. If Google can knock out a $250 tegra 3, 7inch tablet what does this mean for the pricing of Microsoft’s 10inch device?

    • Pat Plan

      What it means is Apple IOS will be pushed to third and be ran over by the new top two [i.e Android & WP8] much sooner than I thought, perhaps within just two years instead of my original estimate of three to four years. In other words, the time to short Apple stock is about two months after they release the lame Iphone5 which will be eaten alive by WP8 and whatever next iteration of Android devices.