Google I/O: The Nexus 7 tablet is here

Manufactured by Asus, the new device will also feature Android Jellybean
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Google has unveiled its first official tablet PC – the Nexus 7, available to pre-order now and set to ship in a few weeks.

The device will come in two SKUs – a £159/$199 8GB version and a £199/$249 16GB version, putting it squarely up against Amazon’s Kindle Fire in the market.

Asus is the manufacturer behind the Nexus 7, and inside it features Nvidia’s quad core Tegra 3 processor, a 12 core GPU, runs Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean) and has a seven-inch 1280x800 pixel display. It weighs 340g. There is no SD card slot.

Battery life is said to be nine hours for video playback. The Google Play marketplace will be an integral part of the OS, and in an move to persuade early adopters to pre-order sooner rather than later, people who sign up now will receive £15 of Play credit.

Syncing services/back up will require a Google account.

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