Google unveils $199 Nexus 7 Tablet (Video)

Google has officially announced the long-rumored Nexus tablet today at Google I/O and it looks like it should do very well when it is launched in the coming weeks. The tablet looks good, has great specs and an extremely affordable starting price. This may be the tablet that kills off all of the other tablets in $199.99 – $250.00 price range.

The Nexus 7 will use Google’s new Android 4.1 Jelly Bean operating system, which features improved voice commands, better notification system and an overall smoother user interface. Also, Google has modified some of their native apps to provide a better user experience on the 7 inch HD display.

As far as the specs go, the previous rumors were mostly accurate. The tablet will feature a 7 inch IPS display with a resolution of 1280X800. Processing is provided by a 1.3GHz quad-core NVIDIA Tegra 3 chip set that is supported with a 12-core GeForce GPU and 1GB RAM. All of that should add up to an amazingly smooth and lag free experience.

There will be a 1.2 megapixel front-facing camera for video chatting, but in order to reduce manufacturing costs, Google has chose to not include a rear-facing camera. The Nexus 7 will also include NFC,  which will allow you to use services like Android Beam and Google Wallet.

Perhaps the most attractive part of the Nexus 7 tablet is its price. For only $199, you will be able to get a really nice Android tablet. We have seen how well the Kindle Fire has sold at that price and it doesn’t even offer all of the features found on a full blown Android device.

The Nexus 7 can be pre-ordered from the Google Play Store starting today. There are two color options available – black or white – and the price for the 8GB model is $199, while the 16GB model will set you back $249. Pre-orders will begin shipping in mid-July.