ASUS Dishes the Dirt: Why Nexus 7 Tablet Has No Rear Camera
The Google Nexus 7 tablet has been enjoying some success as pre-orders get filled and shipped. Most stores are starting to add the 7-inch Jelly Bean tablet to stock as well, meaning there's some level of commitment from the box stores like Best Buy.
The Nexus 7 tablet is, by all reviews thus far, the best 7-inch tablet you can get. Even when compared to Amazon's Kindle Fire, or the BlackBerry PlayBook, the Nexus 7 stands supreme, mainly due to its software, not necessarily because of the hardware. The Nexus 7 has a 7-inch 1280x800 HD display, 1.2 megapixel front facing camera, Quad-Core NVIDIA Tegra 3 processor, 8 or 16GB internal storage and 1GB RAM. What it's missing is the rear camera. Who needs the rear camera anyway...right?
ASUS may have been asked that question a few times from its new owners, and they have now given their answer. It's not nearly as technical as one may think, but purely financial. The decision to put a rear camera on the device would have meant upsetting users with a crappy low end camera, or simply not putting one in at all. The alternative was a better camera which would have cost more to manufacture, which would have resulted in a higher price point. Google wanted this tablet to sell for $200, so the good camera is out. Hey, ASUS just saved you from looking funny to everyone else, by not being able to take pictures with a tablet. We should be thanking them.
Source - Slashgear