The device offers battery life of up to nine hours on video playback and 300 hours of standby time. The device is superthin, light and portable, said Hugo Barra, director of product management for Android during a speech at the Google I/O conference being held in San Francisco.
There had been speculation for months that Google planned to introduce a low-priced tablet at the conference.
“It’s always been a goal of the Nexus program to provide the best Google experience,” Barra said, adding that Google worked with Asustek Computer (ASUS) to build the tablet.
The Nexus 7 display can show images at a resolution of 1280-by-800 pixels, so images can be seen in high resolution. The tablet has a front-facing camera and all the important connectivity options including Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and NFC (near-field communication).
The device has a Tegra 3 chipset with four ARM CPUs and 12 graphics cores. With the processing power and high-resolution screen, the tablet is designed to watch videos, read magazines and play games, Barra said.
Nexus 7 will be available for order starting Wednesday, and as part of the price tag there will be a $25 credit for content in the Google Play store. Orders will start shipping in mid-July and the tablet will be initially available in Australia, US, UK and Canada.
The 8GB model is $249, while the 16GB model is $299, and you can order it direct from Google Play.
The low-price of the Nexus 7 heats up the competition for Android tablets in the market.