Meet the $200 Google Tablet - Poised to Take on iPad, Surface, Fire?
Jeez, it's only been a week since Microsoft's Surface was unveiled, and we're still getting comfy with the specs on Apple's upcoming iOS 6. Proving it's always best to come late to a party, Google is set to unleash its own low-priced Android hand-held on the world, and make the tablet party even more interesting.
Asus has built a 7-inch Tegra 3 tablet especially for the search giant, replete with the new Jelly Bean operating system - the first device to officially run it. Tech site Wired believes the version of Jelly Bean offered will be known as 4.1, based on a previous Play store leak. A Nexus-branded device, the new tablet will be known as the Google Nexus 7.
The Nexus 7 has a 1.3 Gigahertz quad-core engine, coupled with a GeForce 12-core GPU and holds court with 1 GB of RAM. The device is slated to come in two storage sizes - an 8GB model that comes in at a highly competitive $199 and a beefier 16 GB variety at only $50 more. At this price, not only is the iPad in trouble, but so is the pending Microsoft Surface tablet - another blow for the Redmond company, still trying to get its Windows 8 foot in the larger mobile device door.
The thing is, not only will Apple have to do a double-take (and potential change of course) based on Google's new offering, so will outer-lying computing device makers, such as Barnes and Noble and Amazon. At $199 for a full-fledged computing device, the Nexus 7 shoots a resounding volley at the popular e-reading and app-running Kindle Fire. The Nook will also have to step up its game based on Google's new kid on the block.
With the Nexus 7's iPad-like ten-finger touch screen and a stepped-up 1280 x 800 resolution display, expect some at Amazon and B & N to demand an absolute tectonic shift.Continued on the next page