Google’s new Nexus 7 tablet has been a highly anticipated product and it appears the excitement has gotten to the retailers and resellers. Google had slated the product to hit the market in mid-July. However, retailers seem to have jumped the gun and started selling the product online, as reported by The Verge. This is at a time when Google officially claims that the product is not out for sale yet. One of the online stores to sell the product was Adorama. They were selling the 16GB ASUS Google Nexus 7 at a price of $249.99 (approximately Rs. 14,000). Another site to sell the product was EBuyer. Now, Google seems to have slammed the brakes on this and have asked Adorama to stop sales; however, there is the option for pre-orders and the product might only start shipping after the second half of the month.
On a related note, we do hope that the Nexus 7 reaches Indian shores as soon as possible, as we cannot wait to get our hands on this low budget quad-core beauty. For those not in the know, this model comes equipped with a 7-inch IPS display that boasts a resolution of 1280 x 800 pixels and is powered by a 1.3GHz quad-core Tegra 3 chip. As for the memory, Google has added 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 as a serious gaming device with its 12-core NVIDIA GeForce GPU.
Still no launch official date for India
This ASUS-made tablet is not just designed to take on Apple’s highly successful iPad, but will also pose a stiff threat to the Amazon Kindle Fire and Google aims to tackle the competition better with its pricing strategy. The Google Nexus 7 tablet is available in two storage capacities – which are 8GB and 16GB and the brand has priced it extremely competitively at $199 and $249, respectively. This puts to rest the countless rumours surrounding the pricing of the tablet, some of which had pointed out that the price would be in the sub-$200 price bracket.
As far as connectivity is concerned, there had been rumours that the Google Nexus 7 tablet would not come equipped with 3G connectivity, in order to keep the price to a minimum and the brand has done just that. The connectivity options found on this flagship 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, this 7-inch tablet measures 198.5 x 120 x 10.5 mm and weighs 340g. These dimensions allow it to go head-to-head with the Amazon Kindle Fire. The Google Nexus 7 will be the first device running on Google’s latest operating software, which is Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. For those who need more information on the tablet, head over to our feature here.
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