Google announced their very first tablet at Google I/O called Google Nexus 7 (but manufactured by Asus). The device runs the latest Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean) OS, is powered by Nvidia Tegra 3 quad-core Cortex A9 processor and comes with 1 GB RAM, and 8 to 16 GB NAND flash depending on the model.
Here are the specifications of the Google Nexus 7:
- CPU – Nvidia Tegra 3 Quad core Cortex A9 @ 1.2 GHz
- Memory – 1GB RAM
- Storage – 8 or 16 GB Flash
- Display – 7” 1280×800 HD IPS display (216 ppi)
- WiFi 802.11 b/g/n
- Camera – 1.2MP front-facing camera
- Sensors – Accelerometer, Magnetometer and Gyroscope
- Misc – Microphone, speaker, NFC and GPS
- Battery – 4325 mAh (Up to 8 hours of active use)
- Weight – 340 grams
- Size – 198.5 x 120 x 10.45mm
The device only has a power, vol-/+ buttons, an headphone jack and a micro USB port. No HDMI out, no microSD slot. MHL is not supported via the micro-USB port.
Slashgear has an hands-on video showcasing Android 4.1 running in Google Nexus 7.
Google Nexus 7 will ship mid-July in selected countries, but you can pre-order it for $199 (8 GB version) or $249 (16 GB version). The price is very attractive considering the features and processing power of this tablet, but that’s really a shame they did not include a microSD card slot.
You can get more information on Google Nexus 7 page or in the Google Play store. (You may have to use a proxy such as zend2.com to access Google Play link if you live in a country where the device is not sold yet).
For details about Android 4.1, visit “What’s new in Android” (user’s perspective) or if you are more interested in technical changes, read my previous post “Google Announces Android 4.1 Jelly Bean and Releases SDK. Nvidia has also launched a developer’s page specifically for Google Nexus 7.
Jean-Luc started CNX Software in 2010 as a part-time endeavor, before quitting his job as a software engineering manager, and starting to write daily news, and reviews full time later in 2011.
Hi, could someone give a link to source of “No MHL out”. Galaxy Nexus also have only power, vol-/+ buttons, an headphone jack and a micro USB port. But Galaxy Nexus is able to send video (MHL) through microUSB.
I’m pretty sure it does not have a standard MHL port (which requires HDMI).
To be honest, I completely forgot it might be possible to support MHL via micro-USB when I wrote the article, but it finally appears that due to cost reasons MHL is not supported in the Nexus 7:
“THERE IS NO MHL. Despite all the documents you may find and read and discuss, I work at Google and there is absolutely no MHL. Costs too much (not just hardware, but license, encryption keys, etc).”
Thank you for the link. By the way, what is a standard MHL port? I thought that MHL is connection agnostic. But I didn’t check that because MHL specification is not officially available for free.
Sorry, my mistake… the MHL standard actually uses micro-USB on the device, and a micro-USB to HDMI cable is needed, I don’t know why I thought it would normally use a micro-HDMI to HDMI cable.
I don’t remember exactly where did I saw that they (asus) unofficially mentioned that there is indeed video out available via micro usb port. This was mentioned somewhere on topic relating to a company which is trying to standardized MHL and Wi-Fi Direct across all plateforms and devices. And that article pointed out that it is even possible with microusb so why we need MHL or some sort of expensive port. I don’t exactly remember it was theverge or engadget or google I / O where I heard or read this, I guess too much news effect. 🙂 on a… Read more »
Since it is not available worldwide, the 8GB version of the Nexus 7 has just popped on dealextreme for a whooping $330: http://dx.com/p/google-nexus7-7-capacitive-screen-android-4-1-quad-core-tablet-pc-w-wi-fi-nfc-black-8gb-164173