Google Nexus 7 release date, price and spec announced

Google’s new tablet is here, and the Nexus 7 is a quad-core, seven-inch Android beast running the Big G’s brand new Jelly Bean software

If tablets had lids, Google would’ve just lifted the one on its new Android tablet, the Google Nexus 7.

The announcement confirms what we’d already spotted when leaked pics of the new tablet, built by Asus, surfaced earlier in the week.

The 340g, 7in slate’s got a quad-core Tegra 3 hitched up to 1GB RAM to drive the all-new Jelly Bean (Android 4.1) OS to its 1200x800 IPS Gorilla Glass screen. It also the first Android device to run Chrome as the default browser.

Google’s offering a choice of 8GB and 16GB models, and there’s NFC alongside the usual glut of connectivity apparatus (GPS, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and Micro USB) and sensors (gyro, magnetometer and accelerometer).

The Google Nexus 7 will be released in mid-July, with pre-orders starting today on Google Play. Prices start at £160 (or US$200).

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