Google Announces Nexus 7 Tablet, Offers Some Heavy Competition To Kindle Fire

We’ve been waiting for Google to announce the Nexus 7 tablet all day, and our wish is now granted as Google has unveiled their first self-branded tablet, running stock Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. Manufactured by Asus, the tablet features high-end specs with a presumably low-end price with a super slim profile and design.

Full Specs:

  • 1280 x 800 HD display
  • Tegra 3 quad-core processor
  • 12-core GPU
  • Front-facing camera
  • WiFi
  • Bluetooth
  • NFC
  • 9 hours of video playback, 300 hours standby
  • First Google device to ship with Google Chrome as default browser

Google is set to market the Nexus 7 as an access terminal to Google Play, so it’s clearly positioning this as a media consumption tablet. We’ll have to see how the likes of Amazon respond as they too are focused on media consumption with the 7″ tablet size.

The Nexus 7 tablet is available today, starting at $199.99 and includes a $25 credit for use in the Google Play store. 

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  • Kristoff119

    Sick, just wish there was the expandable memory. At least there is a 16GB option!

  • Bought!

  • fixxmyhead

    bought one cuz i know its gonna sell out

  • punksux

    This means I should expect Jelly Bean on my HD2 soon :-)

    • FILA

      Props to you still using a 2009 HD2, amazing phone but I would of had to upgrade by now. You’ll missing out on a pure Galaxy Nexus device, NFC, better camera, faster processor, bigger screen by a tad. and the nexus is now $350!! tempting!

  • Cycad007

    No sell here.  No removable battery.  No microSD slot.  Love *LOVE* ASUS products…but I’ll wait for the eventual refresh here.

    • fixxmyhead

      what tablet has a removable battery?. damn u people want everything. for 200$ they did a damn good job on the specs even if it doesnt have a sd slot . get over it and use cloud storage

      • Edsal24

        Umm, The Toshiba Thrive has a removable battery….

        • fixxmyhead

          pfft 1 tablet 

        • Matlock

          are you seriously going to carry that huge of a battery around with you. IDK what kind of use youre doing to run through a tablet battery. I have the crappy LG G-Slate and that thing lasts through a whole day of me browsing, playing games, reading magazines and watching video. No need to have a removable battery. But Micro SD slot is definitely a plus.

  • None

    I don’t know that I really need one, but I think I should get one anyway just to be on the safe side!

  • JBLmobileG1

    Competition to the Kindle Fire??? Really? I I’d say more like competition to Apple and the ipad. This thing sounds amazing…. the only thing that can compare this to the Fire is the price. Now for anyone who still wants the Fire I would wait because you know it will drop to $129-$149.

  • nerdlust

    sweet I might have to buy a tablet I have been debating it for a while.

  • charlieboy808

    dammit google… how am i supposed to save any money for my future if you keep putting out products that i will purchase instead of buying gold.

  • Robert n stl

    how much memory?

    • FILA

      8GB for 200, 16GB for 250

  • Get At Me Banana

    will bestbuy be selling this i dont wanna wait 2-3 weeks for it lol. and does this have micro sd card slot i just brought a 32gb and i wanna use it.

    • FILA

      no memory card slot

      • Get_at_me_banana

        Awe nuts I guess 16gb it is or maybe I should go for the Acer a110

  • Bkidko

    Why os this not competing with the iPad? Is it the size?

    Also, why can’t they make it 2.5 inches smaller and make phone calls? I would take this over gs3 in a heart beat, especially at that price.

  • AnthonyInUtah

    What size is the screen?

    • AnthonyInUtah

      Sorry duh… nvm

  • techieTroy

    My only disappointment is the lack of expandable storage (memory card slot). That was the big gripe with the Kindle Fire… Great for watching movies, etc., but not enough storage to make use of it, particularly when you don’t have data connectivity like on a plane, in a car, etc. Plus that’s the easiest way to back up settings and such for apps, not took mention having your whole music and book library with you even without a data connection.

    I’m sure I’d have already pre-ordered if it had a memory expansion slot. I’m worried it’s too limiting without it.

    • techieTroy

      Nevertheless! It’s obviously still a strong and compelling offering for the price. I hope and bet it does well, and really establishes the Android tablet market far beyond where it is today.

  • cowboy456

    I’ve got the 7″ Blackberry Playbook tablet, which matches up very well with both this Nexus 7 and the Kindle Fire.

    For $199, got “1 GHz dual-core processor, 16 GB of storage, 1 GB of RAM, GPS for
    navigation and location-based services, dual HD webcams for video chats
    and snapping pics, and a highly intuitive BlackBerry Tablet OS based on
    powerful, user-friendly QNX technology.”  I’m favorably impressed by the OS, altho the supplied file manager isn’t very good–not a major problem cuz one can buy a decent replacement app for 1.99-2.99

    When I don’t have Wifi access, I tether the Playbook (at no extra charge) to the Nokia Nuron 5230 (a garbage phone with garbage support from TMobile), using my TMobile/”Walmart” 100 talk minutes/unlimited(?) texting (don’t know cuz I don’t text much),  “unlimited Web, with the first 5 GB at up to 4G speeds.”

    RIM is discontinuing the 16 GB Playbook, but has stated that it will continue to sell the 32 GB and 64 GB Playbooks (which one can currently find in many places for about $250 and $300, respectively).

    Lots of information (pro and con) in the 600 or so reviews of the Playbook at Amazon’s site.

    If the Playbook’s weaknesses (the greatest being a perceived (by some) shortage of apps) don’t make it a poor fit for a potential purchaser of a new tablet, that potential purchaser may want to take a close look at the Playbook.

  • No SD card slot + Nvidia processor = I will not buy this.