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Google Unveils Nexus 7 Tablet, Sports Tegra 3 CPU And Android 4.1 Jelly Bean

Yesterday, at Google I/O 2012 event, the search engine giant unveiled the Nexus 7 tablet. With this new gadget, a premiere for the Mountain View-based company, Google wants to take on Amazon’s Kindle Fire tablet – a $199 device – and Apple’s 7.85-inch iPad Mini, rumored to debut in Q3 2012.

Google Nexus 7 sports a 7-inch IPS display with 1,280 x 800 pixels resolution and Tegra 3 chipset with four cores manufactured by Nvidia, 8 GB of storage for the $199 model and 16 GB of internal storage for the $249 model, respectively.

The tablet will leave the factory gates pre-loaded with the latest version of Google’s mobile operating system, Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, said the US company at Google I/O, the annual developer conference hosted in Moscone Center, San Francisco.

Nexus 7 might be Nexus’ range debut on the tablet market, as Google would probably develop a new product that will compete directly with the iPad tablet. The latest model of the Apple tablet has a starting price of $499.

The processor (likely clocked at 1.3 GHz), the high-quality display and other hardware components are set to gun down the high-end rivals. Besides being cheap, you will also receive $25 credit in Google Play.

The new Google tablet PC will become available for purchase in mid July and is developed in partnership with ASUS.

Along with the new Android 4.1 Jelly Bean-powered slate, Google Play will introduce features that will allow the users to rent movies, TV shows and buy magazines. Nexus 7 is available for pre-order in US, Canada, UK and Australia.

At the same event, Google also introduced Nexus Q, a spherical gadget, “for your living-rooms,” capable of streaming movies and audio content and compatible with other Android terminals in your home.