Asus Nexus 7 officially announced, £159 or £199 for UK

Asus Nexus 7 officially announced, £159 or £199 for UKLast 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?

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Pondlife  Jun. 27, 2012 at 22:37

So close to getting it right :(

Pondlife  Jun. 27, 2012 at 22:43

Shipping is a tenner if you've not seen it

AhmadCentral  Jun. 27, 2012 at 22:48

meh,

I'm all for the transformer type of tablet that comes with a keyboard dock.
Or those laptops which have a detachable/swivel screen

matt101101 / MOD  Jun. 27, 2012 at 23:06

Too much bezel.

Pondlife  Jun. 27, 2012 at 23:16

I thought that about my ereader until I started using it, makes sense to me now. Pretty much stuck with Galaxy Tab size and weight which was surprising as it's asus

Pondlife  Jun. 27, 2012 at 23:23

Thinking their might be a dock to get around the hdmi output issue.

Treab  Jun. 27, 2012 at 23:29

Tbh i like it.. but i might see if their is a deal later on..

Pondlife  Jun. 27, 2012 at 23:33

Well the £15 play credit is kind of a deal, will come down in time too I guess.
Hoping that it makes the other android tablets makers raise their game anyway.

matt101101 / MOD  Jun. 27, 2012 at 23:33

Treab, have you tried non-beta Chrome for Android? It's crazy good.

Treab  Jun. 27, 2012 at 23:36

Treab, have you tried non-beta Chrome for Android? It's crazy good.

no.. im shocked something google made which is out of beta?

matt101101 / MOD  Jun. 27, 2012 at 23:46

Yeah, it's out of beta and it's properly good. It's the best mobile browser I've ever used over 3G or wifi, I haven't had a chance to test it over 2G yet, I reckon it may fall down on that one as it still doesn't do any kind of data compression.

matt101101 / MOD  Jun. 27, 2012 at 23:47

Btw, do you reckon the S2 will get 4.1? Being the world's best selling Android device...

Treab  Jun. 27, 2012 at 23:49

Btw, do you reckon the S2 will get 4.1? Being the world's best selling Android device...

possibly... i still cant believe 4.1 exists atm... its too early..

Pondlife  Jun. 27, 2012 at 23:50

As they are still selling it they might have to give it JB, lets face it though it will definitely get an unofficial version or several.
JB looks like it could put to bed the not smooth enough talk on the OS.

matt101101 / MOD  Jun. 28, 2012 at 00:06

I use CM9 (or 10 as it will become), so I'll be running JB by the end of July, I reckon. The Project Butter looks really cool, 60fps across the entire UI is what Android has needed for years. It's nice to know that I definitely have enough graphical grunt to run it, Mali 400 ftw :p.

SpeedyG  Jun. 28, 2012 at 00:24

Amazon must be fuming. oO

Looks like Android will finally kick off the fight to Apple ipads.

Pondlife  Jun. 28, 2012 at 00:29

I use CM9 (or 10 as it will become), so I'll be running JB by the end of July, I reckon. The Project Butter looks really cool, 60fps across the entire UI is what Android has needed for years. It's nice to know that I definitely have enough graphical grunt to run it, Mali 400 ftw :p.

Yeah that sounds plausible timescale for some version to be out.
You found what PB needs to run it? Was wondering that.

matt101101 / MOD  Jun. 28, 2012 at 00:39

It'll be a beta version by the end of July, but since it's normally stuff like the video camera that gets fixed last, I'm usually happy to use beta builds of CM. No, Google didn't say exactly what PB needed to work, they just said "devices with sufficient hardware" or something along those lines. I reckon anything dual or quad core should be able to run it, either that or it'll be a quad core only thing (though the S3 has the same GPU as the S2) :(.

matt101101 / MOD  Jun. 28, 2012 at 00:41

Amazon must be fuming. oO

Looks like Android will finally kick off the fight to Apple ipads.

Amazon will be looking to release new Kindle Fire versions, I think the original Kindle Fire was more of a product to test the water with than a real assault on the tablet market, hence it only being released in one country and still running an ancient version of Android.

Treab  Jun. 28, 2012 at 00:54

Meh. can we discuss my new camera... in fact is their any photography geeks on here with some advice :D

Pondlife  Jun. 28, 2012 at 01:02

True, I've run very early versions at times.
Yeah guess we'll have to see what it needs to run PB in time. Could be that they will want it to run on quite modest hardware due to unfavourable comparisons with smoothness on some fairly basic phones on wp7.
Thinking more of the One V level than Desire C level though.
I guess the first Nexus getting JB promptly could be a clue as to what might run it easily, but I don't recall it's specs tbh.
And for that matter the xoom.

Pondlife  Jun. 28, 2012 at 01:09

Meh. can we discuss my new camera... in fact is their any photography geeks on here with some advice :D

How geeky, what new camera? :)

Treab  Jun. 28, 2012 at 01:14

Meh. can we discuss my new camera... in fact is their any photography geeks on here with some advice :D

How geeky, what new camera? :)


Only a cheap fujifilm bridge camera the s2980. but seems good enough for me ;) as i generally have no ideas about ISO or F values so good way to learn i feel.

Pondlife  Jun. 28, 2012 at 01:19

Ah fair enough quite a bit of bang for your buck with those.

Treab  Jun. 28, 2012 at 01:21

yeah thats what i thought.. enough options to allow me to learn and be confused lol but not too many (like on a dslr) thats over the top...

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