In light to making its presence in the Android tablet realm, Google is trying to build up the momentum by unveiling its best and powerful handset so far. Google Nexus 7 will be sporting one of the most powerful system on chips (SOC) today, Nvidia Tegra 3, while operating on the latest version of Android–Jelly Bean. This information has already been confirmed by Google during the I/O event held by the search titan in San Francisco, CA.
This time around, Google’s Nexus device is manufactured by Asus as rumored and not by Samsung. While we still have to see how this device performs, experts believe it’s going to take a bigger chunk of the tablet market and even pose a great threat to Apple’s iPad 7″, although it may not be the competitor Google is trying to go head-to-head with. That said, Google Nexus 7 is in a collision course with Amazon’s Kindle devices as far as price is concerned. Kindle Fire doesn’t stand a chance when put side-by-side with Nexus 7. The first take is the specs, then the features.
Google Nexus 7 Key Specs Detailed
Processor. This handset makes use of Nvidia’s new low-cost platform known as KAI bringing more than satisfactory experience and longer battery life. Going deeper into the architecture of its CPU, Nexus 7 is blessed to sport Tegra 3’s 4-PLUS-1 quad-core architecture bringing out all the best this device can offer; console-quality gaming experience, fast and seamless multitasking, ultra-fast web surfing, flawless HD movie and video playback. Add to the list the fifth battery saver core that ensures Nexus 7 could last hours and hours of unlimited entertainment. After all of that, Google doesn’t have to pay a premium price for this CPU and that explains why it is priced below $200.
Display. Aside from the powerful CPU, Google’s newest entry into the tablet market is blessed with nVidia GeForce graphics processor; a 12-core GPU that require ultra-low voltage to run and provide quality picture to its 7-inch LED-backlit IPS screen panel. The highest resolution this handset can provide is 800 x 1280 pixels or around 216 ppi pixel density, it also supports multitouch functionality.
Memory. We can be sure that when a smartphone sports dual-core and quad-core processors, it is suppose to be given 1GB or RAM and that’s the case for this device. This makes sure that owners will have the muscles they need for this device to run seamlessly despite having to run multiple apps in the background. Moreover, it will be made available in two capacities, 8GB and 16GB. While these internal memories are enough to store several hundreds of files, some may find them lacking. Unfortunately, Nexus 7 doesn’t sport a microSD slot, so storage upgrade is impossible.
Price. Posing a greater threat to Amazon Kindle Fire, Google has to make its 8GB Nexus 7 more affordable than everybody expected at $199 and the 16GB variant at $249. Taking into consideration the specs as well as the OS this handset comes packed with, the prices a treat to any tech enthusiasts who may be on the lookout for powerful devices. In fact, even Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 7.0 will have a hard time catching up with it.
Apple iPad 7″ Key Specs
The strongest contender Google will have to face concerning the release of this device is Apple and its 7-inch iPad that may come packed with the most advanced screen known as Retina Display. Many are actually torn between desire to buy Nexus 7 or just wait for iPad 7″. There are no solid information as to the specs of this device but based on rumors, it is most likely to sport the same specs as with the New iPad only that it is smaller in size.
Processor. The New iPad sports Apple’s A5X chipset dual-core Cortex-A9 processor clocked at 1GHz. This is specifically customized for the New iPad which was released in March. Unless there is a new chipset, the 7-incher iPad may also be given this processor for better performance.
Display. As mentioned earlier, new devices from Apple will have Retina Display as one of their features. Almost similar to Google Nexus 7, the new generations of iPad come with LED-backlit IPS TFT display that features higher resolution than any other tablets or handsets available in the market today. Apple also boasts of 3.1 million pixels spread across the size of the screen of its device.
Memory. While the 7-inch iPad may be made available in 8GB, 16GB and 32GB, all of these variants will have 1GB RAM. But so far, there is no further information to support this claim. But based on Apple’s releases, there should always be 3 variants so people can choose which one fits their lifestyle.
Price. Many believe that the lowest price Apple can offer its devices for is above $300, although this claim has also been based on rumors. As far as pricing is concerned, Apple seems to maintain a good reputation of offering its products on a higher range. Thus, we might be seeing a hundred-dollar difference between Nexus 7 and iPad 7.
In a nutshell
Having to see the specs of these two great devices (at least one of them is based on rumors), it is clear enough that when it comes to power and performance, Google’s device is on the upper hand having to sport a quad-core processor. But then, iPad’s specs are also not bad at all, in fact the New iPad has received more positive feedback for its performance and features. If it would be true that there would be just a hundred-dollar difference in the price, many would still go for Apple’s products basically because of its reputation and brand. For tech enthusiasts, however, Nexus 7 may just make a strong appeal. Basically, it’s up to a person, which one to choose. What about you? Do you think Google Nexus 7 could actually pose a good competition with iPad 7 when it’s released?