The most leaked tablet in the history of Android was officially unveiled today and it turns out there was almost nothing that we didn’t already know.
This is indeed a 7″ tablet with a 1280×800 IPS display with a Corning Gorilla Glass layer on top. It’s running Android 4.1 Jelly Bean on a 1.3 GHz Tegra 3 quad-core CPU. It has Wifi, Bluetooth, GPS, an NFC chip, but no 3g/4g connectivity (no surprise there). There’s also a speaker/mike, g-sensor, and a magnetometer. It has just the one 1.2MP front-facing camera, which is pretty much what I expected. That camera is not as good as the one found on premium 7″ tablets but it is better than any tablet selling at the same price point.
Like we’ve heard before, the Nexus 7 tablet is going to cost either $199 or $249. It’s going to come with either 8GB or 16GB of Flash storage. Both listing pages are up in the Google Play Store but the product pages are still in limbo.
All in all, I’m impressed. This tablet has so far lived up to the leaks. It has killer specs at a killer price, and that makes me wish I could see the panic at B&N and Amazon headquarters right now. I think we could see every other Android tablet drop in price in the next few weeks. And yes, this is a direct competitor to the Kindle Fire. It carries Google Play, so it sells a better selection of content (apps, music, ebooks, and video) than Amazon.
But let’s not get our hopes up too high; no one has actually seen it yet. The first hands on posts won’t be out until this afternoon.