Google Launches Nexus 7

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Google Nexus 7
Google Nexus 7

On Wednesday, Google unveiled tablet computer – the Nexus 7 that will start shipping next month. The tablet also could appeal to consumers looking for a less expensive, less sophisticated alternative to Apple Inc.’s iPad.  Google Inc. stepped up its challenge to Apple Inc. and Amazon.com Inc. in the $78.7 billion tablet market by unveiling a handheld computer called Nexus 7 that features a 7-inch screen and carries a $199 price tag.

The Google Nexus 7 sports a 7-inch, IPS (in-plane switching) screen, with a resolution of 1,280×800 pixels. The tablet is also the first 7-incher to house a 1.3GHz Nvidia Tegra 3 quad-core CPU, which includes a 12-core GPU.

Rounding out the specs are a Micro-USB port, 1GB of RAM, a 1.2-megapixel front camera (no back camera included), a gyroscope, GPS, accelerometer, microphone, and 802.11a/b/g/n-compatible Wi-Fi.

The tablet will feature the latest version of the Android operating system, called Jelly Bean, the company said at its Google I/O developers conference.

Google also showed a spherical $299 home-entertainment device called Nexus Q, which lets users stream music and video.

The Nexus 7 is available now from the Google Play store starting at $199 for the 8GB storage configuration and $249 for 16GB. Units will ship in mid-July. Purchasing from Google Play also gifts you a $25 credit to spend on Google Play media.

Google is also taking preorders for the the Nexus Q, which costs $299 and will ship in the two to three weeks.

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