Google Tablet Details Leak Ahead Of Google I/OBy: Zach Walton - June 25, 2012
There are no secrets anymore. Google may have wanted to surprise us with the reveal of a new tablet running Jelly Bean this week at its annual I/O conference, but it just wasn’t meant to be. A leaked document has given us all the details on the rumored Google tablet now known as the Google Nexus 7.
According to a leaked training document obtained by Gizmodo Australia, Google will be announcing the Google Nexus 7 at Google I/O just like we thought. The tablet will be a pretty powerful, but cheap tablet that is aimed directly at the people who haven’t bought a tablet yet or want a cheaper alternative for their next purchase.
The specs for this new tablet are actually pretty great considering the cost. The tablet, which is being built by Asus, will sport a 7-inch screen with a resolution of 1280×800. It will be powered by a 1.3GHz quad-core Tegra 3 processor, GeForce 12-core GPU and 1GB of RAM. The tablet will come in two varieties – 8GB and 16GB. The 8GB model will go for $199 and the 16GB model will go for $249.
Unfortunately, the Google Nexus 7 will only feature one camera – a front-facing 1.2MP camera. The battery is much better by promising up to nine hours worth of operation. The screen also has a 178-degree viewing angle so it should be visible from pretty much any kind of setup you could possibly place it in.
Of course, the biggest rumor is the operating system. The Google Nexus 7 will reportedly be the first Android device to be running Jelly Bean. According to Gizmodo AU, the document doesn’t state whether this is Android 4.1 or 5.0, but all signs are pointing to it being 4.1. The document also states that Google will be handling all Android updates from now on for the Nexus 7 to help keep fragmentation at a minimum.
The information contained in the document seems pretty legitimate. The specs and price are in line with what we’ve been hearing over the past few months. It’s pretty much a given at this point that Google will announce a tablet with these specs at I/O later this week. Here’s hoping they have something else up their sleeve beyond a decent tablet at a great price though. I don’t know if a Google tablet will be able to compete with the more desirable iPad and Surface.[Lead image: Gizmodo Australia]