Google unveils Nexus Tab

Just as everyone suspected, Google has announce its very own tablet range at the I/O conference yesterday.

Hot on the heels of Microsoft’s rushed announcement of the Surface; Google has unveiled a new Nexus branded tablet to compete in the sphere.

The rumours finally came to fruitation as a 7-inch Tablet was unveiled to the public. Bring Google offering full circle and hopefully introducing real competition to the tablet market dominated by Apple’s iPad. Though this range would be targeting the mid range tablet buyer and products like the Amazon’s Kindle Fire.

Unlike Microsoft’s Surface, the Nexus range will be available to purchase immediately,

The Nexus 7, developed in conjunction with Asus, features a 7-inch (17.8-centimetre) screen, making it smaller but more portable and lighter than its main competitors, which both feature screens of about 10 inches (25.4 centimeters).

The Nexus 7 goes on sale for $199 (about R1700) effective immediately on Google’s online store Google Play, with delivery starting in the US, Britain, Canada and Australia in mid-July, Google said. No word of SA’s release date as yet.

The device will weigh just 340 grams, features an Nvidia Tegra quad core processor and a battery allowing for up to nine hours of video play on its 1280×800 pixel screen, or 300 hours of standby. It ships with Google’s popular Chrome browser as the default programme for surfing the web.

Google said their new 7-inch tablet is built specifically for Google Play and will run the latest version of Android (4.1), named Jelly Bean which was also announced at the conference in San Francisco.



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