Android Jelly Bean and Google Wallet are just a couple of its major bullet points
As the only hardware line that Google has any direct influence over, Nexus smartphones — made first by HTC, and now by Samsung — have always been at the forefront of Android technology. Now, for the first time ever, it looks like we'll finally see Google's take on a tablet with the Nexus 7, a slate the company will reveal this week according to Gizmodo Australia.
The tablet will reportedly feature a 7-inch screen, 12-core GPU, and built-in near-field communication technology for mobile payments using Google Wallet. It will include a 1.2-megapixel front camera for chat applications, and a battery capable of powering the device for 9 hours.
In order to compete with Apple's wildly successful iPad, the tablet will be sold for an extremely affordable $199 starting price, with 8GB of storage space. A 16GB model will also be available, but for a slightly more expensive $249. These prices are similar to Amazon's Kindle Fire tablet which retails for $199, so it will be interesting to see if the Nexus 7 enjoys the same level of popularity.
Most importantly, the Nexus 7 will also run the next generation of Google's Android platform, named Jelly Bean. Google's I/O conference is set to kick off on Wednesday of this week, so expect to hear plenty more about both Jelly Bean and the new Nexus slate in the very near future.
[Image credit: Gizmodo Australia]
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