Google seems keen on expanding its services in India. The company has finally started officially selling its Nexus 7 tablet through Google Play. At the moment, the shipping is set to start on April 5, but you can still order the 16GB variant of the tablet for Rs 15,999.

While Google has introduced an HSPA+ model of the Nexus 7 that isn’t reliant only on Wi-Fi, this one doesn’t seem to be that model. There is no mention of connectivity other than the standard Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and NFC.

That Google would begin selling their devices in India through official channels was hinted at earlier this month when it was discovered that the Google Nexus microsite listed India as a supported country. We guess it’s only a matter of time now before Google starts selling us the Nexus 4 and the Nexus 10.

The Nexus 7 has been priced smartly for India

The Nexus 7 has been priced smartly for India

India has not featured on the list before, which only shows countries where Google is officially selling devices like the Nexus 4 and the Nexus 10 that were launched late last year, or the Nexus 7, which was already available in India through retail outlets.

We had reached out to Google India at the time for an official word and the likely date of availability for the devices. However, the company dashed our hopes by saying, “We're always interested in making our products and services available. However we have nothing to announce at this time.”

The only way to get your hands on a Nexus 7 before this through official channels was Croma, where the tablet was being sold with a price tag of Rs 19,999. Google had later revealed that it had nothing to do with Croma retailing the tablet.

At the Google I/O event held last year, Google first introduced the Nexus 7 in two storage capacities, which are 8GB and 16GB. The 8GB model was available for $199 while the 16GB model sported a price tag of $249. Taking the conversion rate of the rupee into consideration, the 8GB model would sport a price tag of approximately Rs 11,300, while the 16GB variant would cost approximately Rs 14,200.

The tablet comes equipped with a 7-inch IPS display that boasts of a resolution of 1280 x 800 pixels, and is powered by a 1.3GHz quad-core Tegra 3 chip. It has a 1GB RAM, which should be able to match up with the best in the business. This tablet should be a gamer's delight, and Google has touted it to be a serious gaming device as the brand has added a 12-core Nvidia GeForce GPU as well to the fray.

The connectivity options found on the Google Nexus 7 tablet, include Wi-Fi a/b/g/n, Bluetooth, and NFC capabilities. This tablet also comes with Google Wallet pre-installed. As for the camera featured here, it comes as no surprise that Google has just added only a front-facing camera that can be used for video calls, but what is interesting is that this camera can shoot HD 720p videos.

When it comes to the size, the 7-inch tablet measures 198.5 x 120 x 10.5mm and weighs 340 grams.

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