This May Be Google’s New Nexus 7 Tablet

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According to an allegedly leaked training document, this is Google's new tablet, a 7-inch Tegra 3 device running Android Jelly Bean. The document says that Nexus 7—as it is named—would hit the streets in July for $200.

As rumoured, Google is allegedly going to announce a 7-inch, Nexus-branded tablet called the Nexus 7. According to this supposed leak, it's built by Asus, with a 1.3Ghz quad-core Tegra 3 processor, GeForce 12-core GPU and 1GB of RAM with two different storage variants: 8GB and 16GB.

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The Nexus tablet will also feature NFC and run Google Wallet (probably only in the US) and Android Beam.

The screen is an IPS display with a 178-degree viewing angle, running a resolution of 1280 by 800. The device will also sport a 1.2 megapixel front-facing camera. The battery will also give you 9 hours worth of operation.

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The 8GB model will set you back $199 USD and the 16GB will cost $249 USD. No word in the document on local prices.

The purportedly leaked document also says that the device will be the first to run Jelly Bean, the new version of Android. Details are scarce on Jelly Bean, but the slides tell us that Google will handle operating system updates from now on, which could address the fragmentation problem. We aren't sure if this statement means that Google will handle all handset updates from Jelly Bean onwards, or if it just means it will handle it for the Nexus 7 going forward. Based on the various arrangements with other manufacturers and telcos around the world, it's likely to be the latter. We'll know more come Google I/O.

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Update: The document says that the Nexus 7 will run Android Jelly Bean, but makes no mention of the version number. We understand that the device will be version stamped with Android 4.1, rather than leaping ahead a generation and stamping it as 5.0. Wired had suggested after spotting a leaked benchmark that this would be the case.

Rumours about Google working on a Nexus-branded tablet with Asus have been swirling for a while. Even as far back as May, a report emerged of a super cheap Tegra 3-powered device was coming at the Google I/O developer event, which is now only days away.

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The first clue was when Asus demonstrated the awesome cheap and wonderfully cheerful Eee Pad MeMO 370T at this year's Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, before delaying the unit indefinitely.

Since then, rumours about a home-grown tablet from Google have been few and far between, but this is the first time we've seen anything official regarding specs.

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Apple has already played its announcement cards around iOS 6, Microsoft has announced Surface and Windows Phone 8, and Google risks being left behind without its own bespoke tablet product. June is one hell of a month to be following what's new in tech.

Priced at $200, the Google's Nexus 7 will become Amazon's biggest problem post-launch, threatening the market share of the hugely successful Kindle Fire. The Fire runs a highly modified version of the Android operating system and prevents users from wandering outside the customised Amazon environment. The Nexus brand, however, has always been associated with the purest form of the Android operating system Google has to offer, meaning that it's likely going to be a better experience. Google is also banking on the fact that the screen is better than the Fire's, with a higher resolution and 10-point touch capability.

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Of course, this could all prove to be an elaborate fake. We've seen them before and we'll see them as long as there's a rabid tech-loving public that will queue up around the block for value this good.

We'll bring you the news as we hear it about this tablet. If it really is the Nexus 7, we'll find out soon as we'll be reporting live from the Google I/O keynote, Wednesday at 12:30pm EST (9:30am PST). Check back for updates.

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Bill Surowiecki

Sorry this is a bit off topic...

I have a request of Gizmodo and the tech scene in general I guess.

Although Luke really didnt dwell on the issue as some other writers do, I REALLY wish you guys would take a different approach to the "fragmentation problem".

Instead of complaining about the problem, why not just inform your viewers as to how this can be resolved. Its really not that hard, if we could get some sort of combined effort in the community.

Stop suggesting users by phones that do not run a Pure Android Experience

If we could get the sales lowered on devices running themed versions of the OS and sales raised on pure Android devices, the manufactures would fall in line. There are tons of ways for these guys to make a unique Android experience WITHOUT modifying the framework of the OS and slowing updates down. As always in the business world, the consume is going to need to speak with their wallets. As tech journalists/bloggers (which is it today ;ºP ) it is supposed to be your job to inform your views of these things. Yet article after article, I see the same complaints with no other resolution listed besides "its not like that on Apple", which is also bullshit.

Don't think I feel Google is completely guild free here. I really think its about time they became a little heavier handed in the ecosystem. One easy fix I can think of, is to REQUIRE a Pure Android experience be made available for every device as a download/flash. This would give the end user the choice to run the latest OS or stick with the slower updated modified version offered with the device. They could take the approach that if you want to be part of the "Android Experience", you have to follow this practice. Its not inconceivable to assume that the pure version of Android is used as a testbed for the device before their modified version is added.