Rumors of an Asus-manufactured, Google-branded Nexus tablet have been circulating for months, and today at the Google I/O 2012 opening keynote Google was there to confirm the rumors and let the world know what their new “Nexus 7″ can do. The tablet, which is their first tablet released officially by Google, features a 1280×800, IPS-based 7″ screen, and is set to be the first device shipping with Google’s latest version of Android, Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. Along with the Nexus 7 comes a new Play Store, one that is capable of downloading magazines and movies that look superb on the Nexus 7′s 7″ screen. Under the skin, you will find a quad-core Tegra 3 processor, a 1.2MP front-facing camera, and NFC (near field communication) in case you want to pay for your coffee and bagel with your Nexus 7.
Google is currently offering the Nexus 7 for $199 for an 8GB version of the tablet, or if you’d like to drop $249, you can pick yourself up an extra 8GB to get a 16GB tablet. Also, because they are selling it directly through their Play Store, you get an automatic $25 credit for the Play Store as well as a ton of “bundled content.”
The device will be shipping mid-July, but you can buy one now: https://play.google.com/store/devices/details?id=nexus_7_8gb&feature=single-wide-banner
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