Leak: Asus Nexus 7 tablet to launch soon for $199 and up

Google will likely introduce a 7 inch Nexus tablet at the Google I/O conference later this week. But the folks at Gizmodo Australia stole a bit of the company’s thunder today by publishing some of the most important details.

The information comes from a leaked training document, and fits pretty well with all the rumors we’ve heard to date. It also fits with what Asus pretty much told us 6 months ago: that the company was working on a 7 inch tablet with a quad-core processor and price tag of $249 (or less).

Asus nexus 7 Gizmodo leak

The Nexus 7 is expected to be built by Asus, and it will feature a 7 inch, 1280 x 800 pixel display and a 1.3 GHz NVIDIA Tegra 3 quad-core processor.

It will reportedly have 1GB of RAM and be available with 8GB or 16GB of storage. Gizmodo reports that the 8GB model will sell for $199, while the 16GB version will cost $249. While the leak comes from Australia, the prices are in US dollars.

The tablet is said to be running Google Android Jelly Bean (which will likely be Android 4.1), and will include NFC, a 1.2 MP front-facing camera, and 9 hours of battery life.

Gizmodo’s obtained document also includes the picture shown above, giving us an idea what the tablet will look like. Not surprisingly, it looks like a piece of glass with a small border around the sides — just like nearly every other tablet we’ve seen in recent years.

As a Nexus device, this tablet would be a flagship product for both Google and Asus. Google uses the Nexus program to showcase the latest available hardware designed for its Android operating systems, and the Google Nexus One, Samsung Nexus S, and Samsung Galaxy Nexus smartphones have been the devices Google has recommended for developers over the past few years.

They also tend to be first in line for software updates from Google, and include versions of Android exactly as Google designs it, without any modifications such as HTC Sense or Samsung TouchWiz.

via Android Police

  • Renee Auclair

    One of the unintended consequences of ultrathin bezels is that your hand can accidentally launch a function while holding the screen. This is more of a problem with the smaller (7″) tablets than the larger (10″) ones. It is like the way hardware keyboards shrink to the point of being unusable as devices get smaller.

    • AppleFUD

      and with glass all the way to the edge it can make it hard to hold (too slick) especially when laying down — put a little electrical tape on the bezel of the KF and it was much easier to hold.

  • Simon42

    It has to have HDMI, please! With the number of Tegra 3 devices and the fact that it’s not technically limited like Tegra 2, the XBMC folks might actually become interested in a port.

  • jm2c

    I’m looking forward to a Nexus tablet. There will finally be something to replace the Xoom wifi in terms of pure Android experiences on tablets and relatively fast updates. If this tablet is real it sounds pretty good. I hope there is a 32GB version for $300.

  • http://rct.me.ht/ crashsuit

    If they sell this for $200, it’ll bump a number of existing tablets out of the market.

    • http://www.facebook.com/lorne.hammond Lorne Hammond

      True… including a raft of cheaper chinese tablets, i’ve got my money ready for a 7″ nexus :D