Video: Google showcases Nexus 7 tablet

Google unveiled its long-awaited indigenously designed Nexus 7 tablet at I/O 2012 today in San Francisco, California. 

The device – which runs Android 4.1 Jelly Bean – is manufactured by industry heavyweight Asus.

The Nexus 7 tablet boasts some pretty sweet hardware specs indeed, such as a quad-core Nvidia Tegra processor, 1.2-megapixel front camera, NFC capabilities and a 1280 x 800, back-lit IPS LCD display.

The device is priced quite competitively (watch out Amazon Kindle Fire!), with the 8GB model retailing for $200 and the 16GB going for a cool $250.

Key specs include:

  • Size – 198.5 x 120 x 10.45mm
  • Weight – 340g
  • Scratch-resistant Corning glass
WiFi 802.11 b/g/n
  • Bluetooth
  • Micro USB
  • 1GB RAM
  • 4325 mAh (Up to 8 hours of active use)
  • Microphone
  • NFC (Android Beam)
  • Accelerometer
  • GPS
  • Magnetometer
  • Gyroscope

The Nexus 7 tablet is currently available for pre-order here, with shipping expected to kick off in 2-3 weeks.