Google Nexus 7″ Tablet for US$199? YES PLEASE!!
Leaked specs according to Gizmodo: built by Asus, with a 1.3Ghz quad-core Tegra 3 processor, GeForce 12-core GPU and 1GB of RAM with two different storage variants: 8GB (US$199, or about NZ$250 at the current exchange rate) and 16GB (US$249 / NZ $315). Will have NFC (probably Google Wallet only in US for now).
Screen is an IPS display with a 178-degree viewing angle, running a resolution of 1280×800. As a Nexus will be the first to run Android Jelly Bean (Android 4.1)
Good timing too, as I was just about to buy a secondhand HP TouchPad from TradeMe as a cheap option to get a fairly powerful Android tablet (TouchPad runs WebOS but options exist for puting Android on it). But I suppose now I will just have to find the will power to wait, as that is going to be incredible value for that price point!
Android tablets sure are becoming ridiculously cheap: http://micgadget.com/25992/seriously-65-usd-is-enough-for-a-7-inch-android-ics-tablet/ Although I wouldn’t buy that, I already have one NZ$99 Android tablet! (but I’m sure this one would be a massive improvement upon my 18 month old tablet, “molasses” would be the best word to describe it)
UPDATE: got a video on it now!
UPDATE2: darn, and some time after I added the video here Google made it private (until after the official launch I guess. Double triple edit: yup, I’m right as it is back now!).
UPDATE3: image from modaco.
UPDATE4: found a duplicate of the video I mentioned earlier.
UPDATE5: Ha, I’m following the Nexus 7 a bit obsessively now as I’m watching live it be announced at Google I/O
Ahhh… Australia will be one of the first countries it is available from right now! I think I’ll ship it to my Uncle’s in Sydney and get him to bring it over on his next regular visit to Auckland. Also, those earlier prices I wrote down are now confirmed (yessss!).
UPDATE6: Sooo envious of all 6,000 people at Google I/O! As every one of them just got Nexus Phone, Nexus Q, AND a Nexus 7!