In just a few days, Google I/O 2012 will kick off. In addition to loads of new API and software goodies for developers to enjoy, it’s also expected that the Google Nexus 7 tablet will finally be revealed. And if the leaked training document that Gizmodo Australia got their hands on is real, we already know what it will look like — and what kind of hardware it’s packing.
The Nexus 7 starts things off with a quad-core Nvidia Tegra 3 processor clocked at 1.3GHz. It’s got the usual 1GB of RAM, a 1.2MP videoconferencing camera, NFC support, and a battery that’s good for around nine hours of use. The 7 in its name refers to the screen, of course — a 7-inch IPS panel that offers a 1280 x 800 resolution. That’s nowhere near Retina Display density, but it’s a solid 215ppi.
Android 4.1 Jelly Bean will ship pre-installed, and two storage capacities will be offered: 8GB and 16GB. So how much is the Nexus 7 going to cost? The entry-level model comes in at $199 while the extra 8GB of internal storage will set you back another $50. With those prices and specs, it’s clear that Google has their sights fixed on the Kindle Fire. Perhaps more importantly, it looks as though the Nexus 7 will also be available for sale outside the U.S.
The Nexus 7 should offer a substantial performance upgrade over Amazon’s tablet, which was the runaway Android hit of the 2011 holiday shopping season. None of those Kindle Fires shipped with Google Play installed, of course, so most of the delicious app and media revenue went straight to Amazon. Google couldn’t be pleased about that, and they’re out to prove to their manufacturing partners that Amazon isn’t the only company that can build a successful Android tablet.
As Microsoft did when they announced the Surface tablets, Google will use the Nexus 7 to light the way for their partners.