Google shocked geeks and mobile partners alike when they announced a couple of years ago that they were starting their own “Nexus” line of self-branded, “pure Google” phones. Since then, more die-hard Android users have remained loyal to the pure experience as they come with the the latest updates, get said updates sooner, and most importantly, are void of any carrier/manufacturer bloatware (also: skins).
Many tech pundits assumed it was only a matter of time before Google jumped into the tablet scene, too. As many Android tablets that there are floating around out there, none of them have really risen to an iPad-like level of popularity. Sure, you have your Galaxy Tabs (available in 93 different screen sizes) and maybe a more unique niche like the Asus Transformer, but for all intents and purposes, it’s a very fractured ecosystem.
So what would a Nexus tablet look like? We’d wager that it would feature a very simplistic design much like the phones do, and probably something like the image acquired (and leaked) by Gizmodo Australia above.
Along with the picture comes some rumored specs: 1.3 GHz quad-core Nvidia Tegra 3 processor + 12-core Nvidia GPU, 1 GB of RAM, 1280 x 800 IPS display, 8 GB and 16 GB of storage and Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean). Pricing is said to be $199 for the 8 GB and $249 for the 16 GB tablet.
Truth be told, the Nexus tablet by Asus is perhaps the first Android tablet we’re actually wanting to buy. For us, the combination of quad-core processor, speedy GPU and super-low price tag (not to mention the newest version of Android) all come together to form the perfect storm of awesomeness. At this price, we’re not sure why anyone would pick up a Playbook or any other Android tablet (save for something more unique like the Transformer Prime we previously mentioned above).
If you already own an Android tablet, is the Nexus 7 shaping up to be something that could replace your current tablet of choice. Non-Android tablet hopefuls: see anything you like?
Via: Gizmodo Australia