Google’s first tablet is set to ship in mid-July. The Nexus 7 debuted at the Google I/O developer’s conference in San Francisco, California on June 27. It is available for ordering now.
The Nexus 7 is a lightweight tablet at 7 inches and 12 ounces. It has an HD screen with a 1280 x 800-resolution display, a Tegra 3 chipset with a quad core CPU and a 12 core GPU. The 8 GB version costs $199, the 16 GB version is $249.
The Nexus 7 is closer in size to the Amazon Kindle Fire than to the iPad, but some technology analysts speculate Google’s new tablet could give Apple a run for its money. Consumers looking for smaller, cheaper tablets may be attracted to the Google model.
The tablet runs on the latest version of Android’s operating system Jelly Bean. The Nexus 7 comes preloaded with multimedia content like the movie Transformers Dark Side of the Moon and magazines like Conde Nast Traveler and Popular Science.
Customers who purchase the tablet now will receive a $25 credit for Google Play where they can purchase movies and books.