Nexus 7: This Is Google's New Nexus Tablet

Wondering what Google's flagship I/O Conference announcement this week should look like? Wonder no longer. It's a 7-inch Tegra 3 tablet running Android Jelly Bean, and it's set to hit Australia in July.

Update: Turns out that this leak was spot on. The Google Nexus 7 built by Asus is a reality, with all the specifications listed here revealed days before this morning's I/O keynote by Gizmodo Australia. Check out the Nexus 7 and read how it all unfolded in our live blog.

Gizmodo Australia has today viewed a training document detailing exactly what's going to be in the new tablet and how much it's going to cost.

As rumoured, Google's going to announce a 7-inch, Nexus-branded tablet called the Nexus 7. According to the leak, it's built by Asus, with a 1.3Ghz quad-core Tegra 3 processor, GeForce 12-core GPU and 1GB of RAM with two different storage variants: 8GB and 16GB.

The Nexus tablet will also feature NFC and run Google Wallet (probably only in the US) and Android Beam.

The screen is an IPS display with a 178-degree viewing angle, running a resolution of 1280x800. The device will also sport a 1.2-megapixel front-facing camera. The battery will also give you nine hours worth of operation.

The 8GB model will set you back $US199 and the 16GB will cost $US249. No word in the document on local prices.

The leaked document also says that the device will be the first to run Jelly Bean, the new version of Android. Details are scarce on Jelly Bean, but the slides tell us that Google will handle operating system updates from now on, which could address the fragmentation problem. We aren't sure if this statement means that Google will handle all handset updates from Jelly Bean onwards, or if it just means it will handle it for the Nexus 7 going forward. Based on the various arrangements with other manufacturers and telcos around the world, it's likely to be the latter. We'll know more come Google I/O.

Update: The document says that the Nexus 7 will run Android Jelly Bean, but makes no mention of the version number. We understand that the device will be version stamped with Android 4.1, rather than leaping ahead a generation and stamping it as 5.0. Wired had suggested after spotting a leaked benchmark that this would be the case.

Rumours about Google working on a Nexus-branded tablet with Asus have been swirling for a while. Even as far back as May, a report emerged of a super cheap Tegra 3-powered device was coming at the Google I/O developer event, which is now only days away.

The first clue was when Asus demonstrated the awesome cheap and wonderfully cheerful Eee Pad MeMO 370T at this year's Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, before delaying the unit indefinitely.

Since then, rumours about a home-grown tablet from Google have been few and far between, but this is the first time we've seen anything official regarding specs.

Apple has already played its announcement cards around iOS 6, Microsoft has announced Surface and Windows Phone 8, and Google risks being left behind without its own bespoke tablet product. June is one hell of a month to be following what's new in tech.

Priced at sub-$US200, the Google's Nexus 7 will become Amazon's biggest problem post-launch, threatening the market share of the hugely successful Kindle Fire. The Fire runs a highly modified version of the Android operating system and prevents users from wandering outside the customised Amazon environment. The Nexus brand, however, has always been associated with the purest form of the Android operating system Google has to offer, meaning that it's likely going to be a better experience. Google is also banking on the fact that the screen is better than the Fire's, with a higher resolution and 10-point touch capability.

Of course, this could all prove to be an elaborate fake. We've seen them before and we'll see them as long as there's a rabid tech-loving public that will queue up around the block for value this good.

We'll bring you the news as we hear it about this tablet, and if it really is the Nexus 7, I'm looking forward to this year's Google I/O. Follow Gizmodo Australia on Twitter for further updates.


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    "but the slides tell us that Google will handle operating system updates from now on,"

    this is the best thing said in that whole article , sure the tablet is not a bad tablet in any stretch and i may just get one but google saying they will handle updates (at least for nexus devices) is the best news for android ...ever

      Here here! I am not upgrading my Samsung infuse for fear that the next update from where I am will kill it.

      'Tis the beauty of Nexus devices :)

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      They already handle OS updates on their Nexus branded hardware, nothing new there !

        Unless you have an AU Nexus in which case you DON'T get updates from Google, this was the case until I put yakju on.

          Just gotta root it and install stock Google firmware then you do. I'm gonna snap one of these up..$199 for a Google tablet!

            you don't need to root the gnex to install the universal google firmware, you need fastboot and the image from google devs

    now if only kogan will put up a pre-order.

    "Google will handle operating system updates from now on"??
    is this on all android devices (4.1+) regardless of manufacturer? ??

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    Hopefully this means the Galaxy Nexus will be getting jelly bean soon too! I'd also love to see a 10 inch nexus tablet in the future.

    Just like with Apple rumours, even from reputable sources, I'm going to reserve judgment until official word from Google.

    A Nexus tablet does seem inevitable to me, at some point. And like Nexus phones it will no doubt have hardware specs that set a benchmark, rather than raise the high-water mark. But will it be this particular device? eehh....

    Then again, if someone had shown me the press photos of Surface before Ballmer got on stage, I would have had the same doubts.

    I think after the Surface announcement, a 7 inch tablet will come off as a bit underwhelming

      the idea of a 7inch ics tablet is really appealing to me. I'd personally like something that was a bit more handleable than a 9 or 10 inch tablet.

        Not so sure about that. Surface is too big, and too heavy. You can get a real much more useful PC at that price. Releasing a 7" tablet also means that they reach all customers that fhink iPad is too big.

          On the 23rd; Apple will launch a 8" iPad mini!

      These two tablets aren't even in the same league. The surface will certainly cost at least $500. If the Nexus tablet is really priced at $200, it's almost at impulse buy price point. I recently sold off my 10.1 inch Android Acer Iconia that I loved, as I wanted to go smaller going forward for the next school year. This Nexus tablet is exactly what I'm looking for. But I'm also getting the Galaxy S III, so that may also be just fine for school and potability.

        @Bobba, the Galaxy S III is safe to bring to school, but not to drink. All that blends is not smoothie.

          @phil/john
          I second that, nice..nice...

      If you want a 7 inch tablet, a 10 inch tablet is underwhelming.

      I have a 10.1" Motorola XOOM, even though its a powerful tablet with everything you could ask for.. its too big for me. I have had it about 4 months and have hardly used it because its awkward, it cost $400 so Ill try to sell it before this is released and it should cover the costs if I am lucky to buy this 7" Nexus tablet.

      Different market than the Surface, or the existing iPad for that matter. The $199 price point will bring in a lot of people who aren't up for buying a $500 tablet. The 7" size is also more purse-friendly, making it a potential carry-always device for many people who won't carry a 10" tablet.

      The direct competitors for this are the 7" Samsung tablet, the subsidized tablets from Sprint and T-Mobile, and the walled gardens of the Kindle Fire and Nook Tablet. This has better specs, no contracts, and the full Android experience.

      If there is a market for the 7" form factor, this will be the device that finally establishes it. Samsung can keep the 7" Galaxy Tab in the game if they can match the price point, and there is the possible long-rumored iPad Mini. Amazon will either have to step up its hardware game or head to an even lower price; my bet is that they'll take the second course and leave the $200 price point to the hardware companies. We could see a $99 Kindle Fire and a $49 e-ink Kindle for the 2012 holiday season, and we'll also see a full suite of Amazon apps to run on the Nexus tablet so Amazon can sell content to the people who go that way.

      Speaking of the Surface, the basic model needs to come in with a 1080p display or a price well under $500 or it doesn't have a prayer. If it's 720p or something in that neighborhood as some has suspected, it won't be able to compete against the iPad and its Retina Display. The Surface Pro should sell because it will be a notebook/Ultrabook replacement as much as a tablet buy, though some corporate buyers may find the price a bit steep if it comes in as expected.

    "Google will handle operating system updates from now on" Nice!

    Any word if there will be a slot for external storage?

    Am I the only concerned about how fast they are releasing new OS versions (Jelly Bean). ICS only has 7% of the market share. I miss quite a few apps that worked on 2.3 that no longer work on ICS or took a hellava long time to be compatible with 4.0

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        lol, both google and apple release one OS per year...

      Google announced ICS this time last year and it came out in November 2011.
      they have always had a 6mth update. its just the fact that 1. carriers not pushing out updates and 2. people not downloading the updates. if every galaxy S2 owner downloaded the update that number would rise a fair bit on its own

        not all galaxy owners are getting the update. I have a stock galaxy s2 and there is no update when I go check for one.

      Jelly Bean (4.1) is only an incremental update, not a major release like 4.0 was or iOS6 was. So, yes to your first question.

    I hope this has a microSD card slot even if it does have a 16gb option. Especially with a wifi only device like this, cloud based media isn't a great idea yet.

      I am really hoping this has a microSD slot too, but I could see them not including one. Expandable storage is the biggest upside of most android tablet from a cost perspective. But at the same time pulling an apple and forcing you to upgrade to a bigger memory option would allow them to squeeze some profitability out of this device. The 8GB one probably makes about $2 in profit and the 16GB one could make more like $42.

        Absolutely.A microSD slot would be an icing on the cake.Just feel 8GB or even 16Gb for that matter might not be enough.Please let there be a microSD slot.

      This would be a key sticking point for me as well. The SD card slot is one feature I love about my Xoom and miss on my iPad.

      That's what I am thinking.. If it doesn't that would be a bit of a step backwards.

    But Jelly Bean was leaked by Google as version 4.1, probably a minor update.

    Also I don't think Google will update everyone's devices. It's probably referring to the Nexus devices, which they already mostly update themselves.

    Its seems to me to be a great balance between Power and affordability. Getting a Tegra 3 device (even if it is clocked a bit lower) is great value for the price.

    Yeah I'm calling fake - pretty sure the version number of JB leaked out as 4.1 on the Google Play store.

      Yeah, I'm calling read the article first:
      "The document says that Android Jelly Bean will be version stamped as 4.1, rather than leaping ahead a generation and stamping it as 5.0."

    can someone please explain why this has no rear camera?
    i know that hardly anybody with any form of dignity takes photos with tablets, but every other major tablet has a rear facing camera, why would people want to pay for a tablet lacking a such a basic component?

      Said camera would increase the cost of the device, and take up space and battery life from the device. For a feature that is rarely ever used, that seems like a decent compromise.

      Have you not answered your own question? Why implement a component that is not used by anyone? This way they get to keep the prices low.

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        Yes, for taking photos of my phone.

          This made me laugh

          I have used the front and rear facing cameras when video chatting to show the person on the other side of the chat stuff. It is actually pretty nice for that. But, I imagine not a lot of people do that...

        Video chat, all the time. Deal breaker on the nook and kindle for me.

        Of course. Taking snapshots of documents, scanning QR tags and bar codes, showing something to someone else via Skype... there are many quite useful things to do with a camera in a tablet and where a front camera is just pointing in the wrong direction.

          Because it's so difficult to turn a 7" tablet around in any of those situations?
          And don't try to tell me it would be too awkward... you're trying to take pictures with a tablet.
          It's already awkward regardless of the direction the camera faces.

          Just pull out your phone in those situations.
          It's 1000 times less ridiculous that way.

    What do people reckon? Will the usability and speed of the device match the iPad?

      It's got a smaller screen and it's a good deal cheaper, and it is not made by the world's expert in usability.

      So no, it won't match the iPad. But with enough marketing, they might still sell a lot.

    I reckon it is awesome and I'll be buying one for sure. Usability (in terms of flexibility) and speed is already above the ipad. Whether it's UI is as if a child has drawn it with crayons? Then no ipad wins there.

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      i don't see a problem with it, i like the carbon-fibre-ish effect

        Damn I can't +1 here :(. Yes it looks shmicko. Looks curved like all the nexus phones.

      "That thing is ugly" It's a super cheap device with a cutting edge processor that will allow you to do many things, and all you can say that it's ugly.

      This is a fire/nook competitor not an apple one. The price tag alone should have told you that.

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    If this is approximately correct, then I'm in.
    A simple good, up to date tablet, using the proper Holo UI, at 250 bucks.
    I don't care about SD cards, or a camera on the back, or 3G.

    Simple and Good and $250.
    That's all I want.

    I'm fine with the design, it's not offensively bad but not very exciting either. I don't mind the missing rear camera as I never use the camera on my GT 7.7 or iPad anyway. Sure, I wouldn't mind it being included, but I don't exactly miss it anyway.

    If they can price this thing at $200-250, then they're definitely onto a winner. People are buying the Kindle Fire because it's cheap, decent tablet. If Google can push out a Nexus at this price? Wow... I'll take three thanks, and another for the road.

    Sub-$200, this is an insane price. They will seriously undercut the market by quite a lot at this price, for a tablet which doesn't suck.

    I am almost 100% sure this is the real deal because if you compare it to the memo 370t that showed up on the FCC the Asus logo is in the same location

    I heard from a friend in Japan that the Nexus tablet was being built by Sony and it's not a $200 device but $600. So if my friend is right, then is leak is wrong.

    I can't believe they're releasing an Android tablet called "Nexus 7." I've never felt so inclined to spend money on unofficial Blade Runner merchandise.

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