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Jun
2012-06-27_12h53_24

We've been hearing about waiting for Google's first tablet, the Nexus 7, to become official for what seems like an eternity. Google just made the official announcement (finally!) - here's everything we know so far:

Specs:

  • 7" 1280x800 IPS display
  • Quad-core Tegra 3 processor
  • 1GB RAM
  • Super thin and light: only 340 Grams
  • front-facing camera
  • Wi-FI, Bluetooth, NFC
  • 4325mAh battery - 9 hours of video playback, 300 hours of standby time
  • Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean)

Along with ASUS, Google designed the Nexus 7 with Google Play in mind. Everything from the homescreens to the way content is consumed, the N7 was designed with these things in mind. One thing that you may have noticed, though, is that it using a phone-like interface, not Android's dedicated tablet-optimized interface. This is clearly a design choice purposefully made by Google, and anyone who has actually used a seven-inch tablet will understand why: the tablet interface is better suited for ten-inch (or larger) devices. Still, we'll have to actually go hands-on to see what a difference this makes for everyday use.

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The Nexus 7 will be available for pre-order beginning now starting at $199 for the 8GB version, and $250 for the 16GB version, and should begin shipping in mid-July in the U.S., U.K., Canada, and Australia with more countries to come. The Nexus 7 also comes with a $25 Play Store credit, Transformers: Dark of the Moon, The Bourne Dominion ebook, and several magazines. This way, you get to experience all the content right out of the box that the N7 was designed for.

For more information on the Nexus 7, check out the links below.

[Nexus 7 on Google Play; Nexus 7 Landing Page]

Cameron Summerson
Cameron is a self-made geek, Android enthusiast, horror movie fanatic, and musician. When he's not pounding keys here at AP, you can find him spending time with his wife and kids, plucking away on the 6- or 7-string, or watching The Texas Chainsaw Massacre on repeat.

  • user311

    Thumbs down on the lack of SD card support. I really wanted this thing too. Else its a very nice tablet.

    • Jason Krauser

      Totally agree.. Why it doesn't have any expandable memory is beyond me.. 

      • Shane Allen

        Based on the keynote speech, it sounds like they're really pushing the cloud aspect at Google; thus the low, apparently non-expandable storage on the Nexus 7.  I suppose they expect you to stream most content, while only storing smaller stuff (books, magazines) and content you want available during temporary connection outages.

        It seems to me that the Nexus 7 is designed to directly compete with the Kindle Fire, while adding features beyond what the Fire provides to make it the better gaming and social platform.

        It sounds pretty sweet to me, but for the lack of expandable storage!  I'm trying to decide if that's a deal-breaker or not.  Since I've been wanting this thing for so long, probably not!  ;-)

        • user311

          Well one issue really is the fact that with the increased graphics support comes increased game sizes with a bunch of games over 1GB. Infact both max payne and fifa 2k12 installs sit around 1.6GB. So the lack of space becomes immediately felt after installing some games. I have been with android since almost the beginning and have acquired a lot of games thru the market and thru amazon. I already have both a prime and a galaxy tab 8.9. the tab was gifted to me and only came with 16GB of space.

          The g-tab is full, its full to the point that I have to pick and choose the apps I can install or the content I can bring. Yes, I bought the usb/sdcard adapters but they are a pain in the ass to carry around and more so, I wouldn't dream of installing apps/games to them. Its really sworn me off of any sort of tablet without built in expandable storage. I really hope rumors are true and ASUS is going to be releasing the same sort of tablet but with expandable memory because I really need a new ultra-portable.  Something small and cheap that I can throw into my hiking bag and not worry if it gets completely destroyed.

          All-in-all for me the Nexus 7 was a let down. Don't get me wrong, its fast, its light, it gets the job done and hell its only 200 bucks... But if you're a long time Android user with tons of apps/e-books/Pictures its a device that you regrettably have to pass even though its a nexus.

        • AppleFUD

          Totally agree with you.

          Google wants users to get used to using the cloud as much as possible. Other than ripped movies I don't have over a couple gigs on my Win7 computer — that includes all my apps. . . thus, for me, I'll be just fine with 8GB on a tablet, especially since I'm not a big app whore :)

      • Shane Allen

        Based on the keynote speech, it sounds like they're really pushing the cloud aspect at Google; thus the low, apparently non-expandable storage on the Nexus 7.  I suppose they expect you to stream most content, while only storing smaller stuff (books, magazines) and content you want available during temporary connection outages.

        It seems to me that the Nexus 7 is designed to directly compete with the Kindle Fire, while adding features beyond what the Fire provides to make it the better gaming and social platform.

        It sounds pretty sweet to me, but for the lack of expandable storage!  I'm trying to decide if that's a deal-breaker or not.  Since I've been wanting this thing for so long, probably not!  ;-)

      • Shane Allen

        Based on the keynote speech, it sounds like they're really pushing the cloud aspect at Google; thus the low, apparently non-expandable storage on the Nexus 7.  I suppose they expect you to stream most content, while only storing smaller stuff (books, magazines) and content you want available during temporary connection outages.

        It seems to me that the Nexus 7 is designed to directly compete with the Kindle Fire, while adding features beyond what the Fire provides to make it the better gaming and social platform.

        It sounds pretty sweet to me, but for the lack of expandable storage!  I'm trying to decide if that's a deal-breaker or not.  Since I've been wanting this thing for so long, probably not!  ;-)

      • http://twitter.com/Flippy125 Flippy125

        Be careful, the cloud junkies are waiting to troll. I'm second guessing the purchase of this tablet because of the lack of a microSD slot

      • http://twitter.com/Flippy125 Flippy125

        Be careful, the cloud junkies are waiting to troll. I'm second guessing the purchase of this tablet because of the lack of a microSD slot

      • http://twitter.com/Flippy125 Flippy125

        Be careful, the cloud junkies are waiting to troll. I'm second guessing the purchase of this tablet because of the lack of a microSD slot

        • sharath naik

           

          Agree, what's the point of a portable media tablet with 8 GB memory.
          The most likely use for this "WIFI" tablet is
          reading/photos/music/video/Games. My photos take up 5 GB, my music close
          to 3GB, My audio books take up 4GB, Video 6 GB, Books 1 GB, and add a
          couple of movie's that an added 2-6 GB, what about games and apps add 4
          GB?
          A tablet that is "Wifi only" cannot have an option not to
          expand to a minimum of 32 GB, or at least have 32 GB as non expandable.
          what is any one supposed to use this for. only reading books and viewing
          some internet quality photos?.
          This is really silly of Google, very silly.

          • AppleFUD

            uh. . . not everyone is you and therefore not everyone has your needs. I have yet to put on more than a couple gigs on a mobile device — that includes gNexus, TouchPad, and Kindle Fire.

            I have. . . forgotten. . . but a butt ton of music on Google Music — well over 40GB. 
            All my photos on Picasa.
            Docs in Google Docs
            Oddball stuff on Box.net (50GB of free storage)

            Therefore, a mobile device, *for me*, needs really only to be able to house the apps I'm going to use and that really isn't that many for me, and the occasional oddball item.

            After all isn't the WiFi 16GB the most popular ipad version? So, average users tend toward least expensive and don't need all the memory?

            You seem very angry over this. . . there are lots of tablet to choose from in the Android ecosystem. This one sounds like it isn't for you, no reason to so negative — after all the Kindle Fire is THE most popular Android tablet currently, I believe. . .  so someone must like this "basic" setup.

        • AppleFUD

          It depends on the person's needs. as user311 stated above, heavy mobile gamers will have issues, no doubt. However, more "normal" users, including myself, won't have an issue because we don't use that many apps or large apps and the cloud is there for storage of docs, pics, etc. . .

          So, IMO, it really comes down to how many apps you use and how large they are. If you use a lot of heavy apps then this is NOT the tablet for you, no doubt about that.

    • Jason Krauser

      Totally agree.. Why it doesn't have any expandable memory is beyond me.. 

    • Jason Krauser

      Totally agree.. Why it doesn't have any expandable memory is beyond me.. 

  • http://www.facebook.com/Anucool Anukool Karvir

    Does it have expandable storage? Because 16 GB max on a tablet is kind of underkill.

  • http://www.facebook.com/Anucool Anukool Karvir

    Does it have expandable storage? Because 16 GB max on a tablet is kind of underkill.

    • moelsen8

      i've read through everything there is right now on the play store and google's website looking for the exact same info, and i'm sad to say that it doesn't look like it.  it's the only reason i haven't preordered it already.

    • moelsen8

      i've read through everything there is right now on the play store and google's website looking for the exact same info, and i'm sad to say that it doesn't look like it.  it's the only reason i haven't preordered it already.

    • moelsen8

      i've read through everything there is right now on the play store and google's website looking for the exact same info, and i'm sad to say that it doesn't look like it.  it's the only reason i haven't preordered it already.

    • Joel Collins

      No but I've got used to streaming most of my stuff. I use Google Play, Last.FM and Rdio for basically everything so I just "hot-swap" what content is pinned for offline. It's not ideal but it works okay :)

      • AppleFUD

        I don't think I've gotten over 2GB of stuff on my TouchPad or KF when I had them. . . ever. Like you most everything is in the cloud thus I usually have plenty of space, even at 8GB, to throw on a couple ripped 720p movies for a trip and I've always got streaming & FTP available. . . . hell, I don't even have an SD card these days. . . nor do I even use all the flash drives I have floating around — between 50GB on box, Google's endless storage of docs + 5GB of other, and external 700+GB HDD I think I will survive without an expansion slot.

    • Joel Collins

      No but I've got used to streaming most of my stuff. I use Google Play, Last.FM and Rdio for basically everything so I just "hot-swap" what content is pinned for offline. It's not ideal but it works okay :)

    • Joel Collins

      No but I've got used to streaming most of my stuff. I use Google Play, Last.FM and Rdio for basically everything so I just "hot-swap" what content is pinned for offline. It's not ideal but it works okay :)

    • Tyler Chappell

      Not sure if I would consider it underkill per se, but I do think 16GB should be the bare minimum for devices nowadays.

    • Evan Olfert

      No SD is a deal breaker for myself... Otherwise at $200 it would have been insta buy.

  • http://www.facebook.com/Anucool Anukool Karvir

    Does it have expandable storage? Because 16 GB max on a tablet is kind of underkill.

  • Joel Collins

    I for one love this, I think running the phone UI is a great move as it not only makes sense on a smaller tab, but will also make it easier for the millions of Android phone users to adapt to the tablet, and at that price I hope it get's a fair bit of attention.

  • Joel Collins

    I for one love this, I think running the phone UI is a great move as it not only makes sense on a smaller tab, but will also make it easier for the millions of Android phone users to adapt to the tablet, and at that price I hope it get's a fair bit of attention.

  • Joel Collins

    I for one love this, I think running the phone UI is a great move as it not only makes sense on a smaller tab, but will also make it easier for the millions of Android phone users to adapt to the tablet, and at that price I hope it get's a fair bit of attention.

  • moelsen8

    yeah i actually just loaded up an ics phone launcher on my flyer (7").  it works out much, much better than the tablet UI.  glad to see google thought so too.

  • moelsen8

    yeah i actually just loaded up an ics phone launcher on my flyer (7").  it works out much, much better than the tablet UI.  glad to see google thought so too.

  • moelsen8

    yeah i actually just loaded up an ics phone launcher on my flyer (7").  it works out much, much better than the tablet UI.  glad to see google thought so too.

  • http://twitter.com/Iksaros Isak Tind

    I hope it comes to Denmark :D

    • adi19956

      Order it via the UK. Remember the single market? Only have to pay for postage on top

      • http://twitter.com/Iksaros Isak Tind

        Don't you have to live in the uk for it toshow up on play store?

      • http://twitter.com/Iksaros Isak Tind

        Don't you have to live in the uk for it toshow up on play store?

  • http://moonbooks.net Brandon Mullins

    Lack of MicroSD is the only draw back for me...

  • aSeven

    Does the $25 credit apply only to movies and such, or can you use it for app purchases?

  • aSeven

    Does the $25 credit apply only to movies and such, or can you use it for app purchases?

  • Matt

    The lack of expandable storage must be so that people have to choose between the pricing tiers and potentially because ASUS (their partner) can still offer 32GB, 64GB, etc tablets of their own for the low price of $499. LOL!

    • AppleFUD

      I don't know about that, since the Nexus S Google has pretty much killed the expansion slot on all Nexus devices. My guess, they want you in the cloud and using Google services.

  • Matt

    The lack of expandable storage must be so that people have to choose between the pricing tiers and potentially because ASUS (their partner) can still offer 32GB, 64GB, etc tablets of their own for the low price of $499. LOL!

  • 666

    no hml and no sd?? cmon... thats a dealbreaker

  • 666

    no hml and no sd?? cmon... thats a dealbreaker

    • http://twitter.com/TheGermian Germian

      I'm sure there is gonna be a MHL adapter, but I'd say no for SD.

  • 666

    no hml and no sd?? cmon... thats a dealbreaker

  • Guset

    Will this be available through retailers like futureshop etc? Or is it exclusive to the Play Store always??

  • http://twitter.com/Flippy125 Flippy125

    I'm starting to think that I will have to pass on this. I don't want to rely on the cloud, American carriers charge too much for higher data plans and limit your usage of them which makes the cloud pointless. Which means I'm stuck with only 16gb of data when I'm away from my home wifi. I wasn't going to purchase it for home use, I was going to purchase it for when I'm out somewhere. If I wanted to watch a movie at home, I'd stream it to my 50", not a 7" tablet

    • Kernschatten

      Agree 100%

      • sharath naik

         In my opinion, who ever made the decision to drop SD card support ought to be fired for such an egg headed decision.

  • Kernschatten

    I'm underwhelmed by this. I know that it has a great display and Tegra 3, but I was looking for something that really wowed me.

    And yes, lack of SD card is disappointing. I really wish Asus had gone ahead with the MeMo E370T.

  • Cenarl

    is there HDMI out? This is a must have for me for my intended uses.

    • http://profiles.google.com/smedley.jason Jason Smedley

      Yes there is.  How do you think they got it up on the screen.

      • Matt

        While there isn't a discrete HDMI port on the device, using the Micro-USB and a MHL cable should suffice according to Google Play Device Support person I spoke with.

        • J J

          any idea if there is usb host? is a usb host/otg cable included?

        • http://twitter.com/Thomas_W_Nfld Thomas Jay Walker™

          No hdmi support or USB storage support natively .., they used a workaround or nexus q,, root, and you can hack your own workaround .

  • Guset

    Will this be available through retailers like futureshop etc? Or is it exclusive to the Play Store always??

  • TheTruthSquad

    Does it have GPS?

    • Bogdan Ionita

      I also want to know that

      • Benjamin McGill

        Yes. It has GPS

    • Bogdan Ionita

      I also want to know that

  • http://profiles.google.com/nickmv Nick Vincent

    Are you charged for it immediately? Can I preorder and cancel later if I want to?

  • http://profiles.google.com/nickmv Nick Vincent

    Are you charged for it immediately? Can I preorder and cancel later if I want to?

    • http://profiles.google.com/nickmv Nick Vincent

      Anyone? Anyone? Bueller?

    • http://profiles.google.com/smedley.jason Jason Smedley

      US laws dictate that you cannot charge for anything until it has shipped.  You can cancel, but you may want to call and check the terms and conditions.

  • http://twitter.com/TheGermian Germian

    I'm really effing annoyed. Yes, it's a nice tablet, but it's gonna take some time until we in Germany/Austria will get it. Any why? Because we have no EFFING content for it! Germany got Google Play Books, uhhhh, but Videos, Subscriptions and Music (and Books in Austria) aren't available here.

    Gods, Google, show some muscles and/or take your money and shovel it into the content provider's asses. I want content :P

  • http://twitter.com/TheGermian Germian

    I'm really effing annoyed. Yes, it's a nice tablet, but it's gonna take some time until we in Germany/Austria will get it. Any why? Because we have no EFFING content for it! Germany got Google Play Books, uhhhh, but Videos, Subscriptions and Music (and Books in Austria) aren't available here.

    Gods, Google, show some muscles and/or take your money and shovel it into the content provider's asses. I want content :P

    • AppleFUD

      doesn't the German government keep poking Google in the eye every time they turn around?

      Maybe they are just pissed at you all over there ;)

      /s

      • http://twitter.com/TheGermian Germian

        Not only the government, even our music rights organisation (GEMA) doesn't like them ;)

  • Matt

    Is there an HDMI port on the thing or it will require a similar accessory like the Nexus Portrait HDMI Dock already on the Google Play Store for $49? 

  • Matt

    Is there an HDMI port on the thing or it will require a similar accessory like the Nexus Portrait HDMI Dock already on the Google Play Store for $49? 

  • Idle Time

    We can kick and scream as we want, but I'm afraid that removable batteries and SD storage might be the things of the past.

    Even if you're just slightly organized, 16GB (minus OS and RAM and apps) is plenty of room for entertainment, hours and days.  Given the connected world we live in, we are never away from wifi that long.  

    I have 32GB sd for my phone and as it turns out it's just there to satisfy my hoarding instinct.  :)

  • Tyler Chappell

    It's a bummer about the expandable storage, but that was to be expected with all of their streaming services. I would be plenty safe with 16GB considering how much I have on my phone, + Drive and Dropbox.

    Something else I noticed on the Nexus page when you click to learn more about the $25 Play Store credit, it says it comes with Chrome already installed, so does that mean Google Chrome will finally be out of beta when 4.1 is released?

    • Me

      Chrome is the default browser on 4.1

      • Tyler Chappell

        Naturally, found this out shortly after I made the post. Now I would just like to see it on Gingerbread devices.

  • http://www.facebook.com/Anucool Anukool Karvir

    With games now taking ~1 gb space (Max sized game is 1.8gb i believe.) 16 GB is a tad too low. And its in US that you have WiFi everywhere. Not so in other parts of the world.
    also if you always stream then you are gonna kill the battery. :( 
    -1 for Google.

  • CoZ

    Well I was going to pre-order it regardless. Until I saw a $15.00 shipping fee AND tax and they aren't even shipping it from any where in NY.

    Too many un-answered questions about the device to warrant a pre-order... even as much of a 'Google Junkie' as I am.

    Had there not been such an outlandish shipping charge and tax on it... $199.99 should be exactly THAT. Not $230.12!

  • Ahmad Nadeem

    Dont see a microSD slot on the tablet.....BIG NEGATIVE if it isnt there in the released version

  • Simon Belmont

    Am I the only one that noticed that the Nexus 7 is using the Phone UI of JellyBean? Since this is being billed as a tablet, shouldn't it be using the Tablet UI?

    Is it because it's a primarily portrait mode device? Still, it's a tablet, and it just seems weird that the Phone UI is being used on a tablet.

    • Melissa

      This is due to the size of the screen. The tablet interface is more geared towards tablets with larger screen sizes like 10.1" and up, while the phone interface is made for smaller screen sizes and therefore is more compatible with the small screen size of a 7" tablet.

    • http://twitter.com/Thomas_W_Nfld Thomas Jay Walker™

      It's not using a phone ui, it's a tablet ui, without landscape functionality in the home screen. Simple root fixes that.

  • Huton Gergö

    Shut up and take my Money :D

    I hope in the EU will remain the same 200$ price or nah a 200€ max and tha in't must have :D

  • Sorian

    I don't see the lack of an SD card as a deal breaker, I am sorry to say I am still on a phone with 512 mb built in (223 MB for apps) and barely use half of my 16 GB microSD.

  • Wayne Randall

    ordered.

    *camps by the mailbox with a bag of trailmix and only the dew from the trees for sustenance until it arrives.

  • lordmerovingian

    They tout the Cloud yet release a device with no option or choice of mobile always on data. So it's a stationary Cloud then.
    I guess when that 8gb is no longer enough for my stuff, I can be Clouding down the boulevard with only wifi and bouncing off other people's wireless routers...?
    Ok, I get it, it's perfect for most folks but people should just quit touting this Cloud stuff as the solution to everything, it's not.