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Google Nexus Specifications Out, Ahead Of Google I/O

The Google Annual Developer Conference, Google I/O is still a couple of days away, but the specifications of the Google tablet are already out.
By now, almost everyone knows about what to expect from Google I/O. A Google Nexus 7 tablet running the latest Android OS, Jelly Bean. But the details were still a mystery, but thanks to a training document leaked to Gizmodo Australia, the detailed specifications are now in front of us.

Here they are:

  • Android 4.1 Jelly Bean
  • 1.3 GHz quad-core NVIDIA Tegra 3 processor
  • 1GB RAM
  • 8GB / 16GB onboard storage options
  • NFC with Google Wallet and Android Beam
  • IPS Display
  • 1280 by 800 pixel resolution
  • 1.2 MP front facing camera
  • 9 hour battery life
  • $199/$249 for the 8GB/16GB versions respectively

The first thing that strikes is that Nexus 7 is going to compete directly against, not the rival Apple iPad, but its own Android brother, the Kindle Fire. The price point is the same as that of the Kindle Fire at $199. But on every other level the Nexus is better than the Kindle Fire, at least if we are going by these specifications. A better display, a better processor, a camera and the additional NFC with Google Wallet integration.

Now a word on the Android OS. The Jelly Bean is the latest version of the OS (version 4.1) and will receive updates directly from Google and as it is a Nexus device, it is also the “purest” form of the Android OS. When the Nexus 7 is going to come out in public, Kindle Fire will surely feel the heat. If Amazon wants the Kindle Fire to survive, the options are simple. Either upgrade the hardware and the software while keeping the price same or keep the hardware, upgrade the software and reduce the price. But I am not sure if even that would help.