Google (Nasdaq: GOOG)'s first own-brand tablet is following in the footsteps of the popular low-cost Amazon.com Inc. (Nasdaq: AMZN) Kindle Fire rather than attempting to tussle for the high-end with Apple Inc. (Nasdaq: AAPL)'s iPad.
The search giant revealed its Nexus 7 tablet at its developers' conference in San Francisco Wednesday afternoon. The tablet is made for Google by AsusTek Computer Inc. and will start at US$199 for an 8GB model.
Specifications for the tablet include:
- Google's latest Android 4.1 Jelly Bean operating system
- An Nvidia Corp.
Tegra 3 quad-core processor
- A 7-inch display
- "Android Beam" Near-Field Communication (NFC) support
- Up to eight hours of active battery use
- "Tons of free cloud storage"
- Tight integration with Google apps
Here's what Google has to say about its latest hardware move: