Google Nexus 7 becomes official, goes on pre-order for $199

After a flood of leaks and rumours, Google has made the seven-inch Nexus 7 tablet official today. Running on Android 4.1 aka Jelly Bean, the tablet features the NVIDIA Tegra 3 processor, 1GB RAM, Wi-Fi, NFC, Bluetooth and a 1280x800p display.

Nexus 7 is available for preorder today from Google Play in the U.S., U.K., Canada and Australia, and starts at $199 in the U.S. It will start shipping mid-July.

Interestingly, it is also the first Android tablet to come with Chrome as the default web browser. The tablet has been manufactured by Asus with instructions from Google.

More from Google blog:

All of this great Google Play content comes to life on Nexus 7, a powerful new tablet with a vibrant, 7” 1280×800 HD display. The Tegra-3 chipset, with a quad-core CPU and 12-core GPU, makes everything, including games, extremely fast. And best of all, it’s only 340 grams, lighter than most tablets out there. Nexus 7 was built to bring you the best of Google in the palm of your hand. Hang out with up to 10 friends on Google+ using the front-facing camera, browse the web blazingly fast with Chrome and, of course, crank through your emails with Gmail.

Nexus 7 comes preloaded with some great entertainment, including the movie “Transformers: Dark of the Moon,” the book “The Bourne Dominion,” magazines like Condé Nast Traveler and Popular Science, and songs from bands like Coldplay and the Rolling Stones. We’ve also included a $25 credit to purchase your favorite movies, books and more from Google Play, for a limited time.

Full tech specs:

  • 7” 1280×800 HD display (216 ppi)
  • Back-lit IPS display
  • Scratch-resistant Corning glass
  • 1.2MP front-facing camera
  • WEIGHT: 340 grams
  • MEMORY: 8 or 16 GB internal storage
  • 1 GB RAM
  • BATTERY: 4325 mAh (Up to 8 hours of active use)
  • CPU: Quad-core Tegra 3 processor
  • SIZE: 198.5 x 120 x 10.45mm
  • WIRELESS: WiFi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth,
  • USB: Micro USB
  • OS: Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean)
  • FEATURES: Microphone, NFC (Android Beam), Accelerometer, GPS, Magnetometer, Gyroscope

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9 thoughts on “Google Nexus 7 becomes official, goes on pre-order for $199


    (July 1, 2012 - 5:00 am)

    Just Pre ordered from play store. There’s obviously no contract! Ships only to US and I expect that it’ll reach me by last week of July 🙂

    Waris Hussain

    (June 29, 2012 - 8:27 am)

    Does is support 3g usb dongle

    Waris Hussain

    (June 29, 2012 - 8:26 am)

    Does is support 3g dongle?


    (June 28, 2012 - 12:33 pm)

    Just wonder why 3g support is missing..

    Raju GS

    (June 28, 2012 - 12:25 am)

    i didn’t find the tablet is attractive to users as it lacks 3g support. in my opinion, just Wi-Fi only version of tablets are waste. i agree that price is low on contract but contract free versions are costly i guess. i like new os jelly bean 4.1 and its features.


      (June 28, 2012 - 12:29 pm)

      I think this is contract-free. That’s how it’s selling on google play, right?

      Personally, I like this thing. 3G has its disadvantages, esp with poor signals in India. And it takes up a lot of battery power. But I’m sure that bu not keeping 3G, a lot of their market is gone.


    (June 28, 2012 - 12:08 am)

    any news about this launching in India


    (June 27, 2012 - 11:53 pm)

    Ohh…Awesome Spec with a great price tag…Thank God it comes with a micro usb…


    (June 27, 2012 - 11:53 pm)

    Do you know, when it’ll get launched in India?

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