Google's Kindle Fire and iPad Antidote: The Nexus 7

June 28, 2012 -

Not to be outdone by Microsoft's new Surface tablet, Google announced a new tablet of its own that it hopes can compete with Apple's iPad and Amazon's Kindle Fire line. Google's new tablet, the Nexus 7 will be an Android-based games ready device using Nvidia's Tegra 3 processor. The tablet will be manufactured by Asus, runs on Android 4.1 ("Jelly Bean"), offers a 1280 x 800 display, a quad-core Tegra 3 CPU, a 12 core GPU, and will support the Google Play marketplace.

But the most important thing of all is how much Google plans to sell the tablet for. The 8GB version of the device will retail for right around $199, and a 16GB version will cost $249 (16GB). This puts Google at the same price point as Amazon's Kindle Fire, but without the proprietary marketplace. In other words, most apps already available for Android will work with the Nexus 7.

The device will ship in two to three weeks, according to Google.

Source: Gamasutra


 
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