Last year’s Google I/O was barely worth mentioning, but this year the hype machine went into overdrive with the promise of sexy new budget hardware in the form of the Asus Nexus 7 tablet.
Well, after months of speculation, it’s finally here. Remember the Asus Nexus 7 training document we heard about the other day? Turns out it was bang on the money.
As rumoured, the Asus Nexus 7 display is of the IPS variety, with a 178-degree viewing angle. The 1280 x 800 resolution across seven diagonal inches yields a PPI of 216. The Asus Nexus 7 display also boasts Gorilla Glass, allaying scratch-related fears.
In processor city, it’s a quad-core Tegra 3 powering the Asus Nexus 7, clocked at 1.3GHz and supported by 1GB of RAM.
Other Asus Nexus 7 specs include a 1.3MP front camera (as predicted, there’s nothing on the rear), 4,325mAh battery offering eight hours of “active use”, micro USB, NFC for contactless payments with Google Wallet, and Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean).
At 340g, the Asus Nexus 7 is around half the weight of the comparatively chunky new third-gen iPad.
The Google Play hardware store is now live in the UK, and offers the 8GB Asus Nexus 7 for £159, while the 16GB model will set you back £199. Shipping is “calculated at checkout” (anyone bought one yet?), and estimated at 2-3 weeks.
If you decide to snap up an Asus Nexus 7, you’ll also bag £15 of Google Play credit, and some bonus free content including Transformers: Dark of the Moon.
Couple of hundred quid? Yeah, I’ll probably take one. What do you think, Mobotniks?