After some speculation in the recent days, Google and ASUS have confirmed the creation and launch of a new 7" tablet, the Nexus 7.
It's the first 7" tablet to be running the all new Android 4.1 OS, aka Jelly Bean. Google say the focus of the tablet is to make it portable, easy to use, and fast. And from first impressions in the video (see below), it certainly does look that way.
In terms of specifications, it's running on the quad-core Tegra 3, has an IPS based LCD screen running at a resolution of 1280x800, has NFC (near field communication) and also has a 1.3 mega-pixel front facing camera. Unfortunately, it doesn't have an SD card slot however. In terms of size, it measures 7.81 x 4.72 x 0.41 inches (19.84 x 11.99 x 1.04 cm). It weighs in at a very light 340 grams (12 ounces).
From the outset, it looks like Google are trying to fill a hole in their portfolio by creating the 7" platform, and entrusted ASUS to come up with a stunning tablet, building on the success of other ASUS products. Google are keen to emphasise just how easy it is to carry this device around, and use it to watch digital media, read books or play games. They also want to make it clear that using Jelly Bean, which has been tuned to make the OS slicker, faster and smoother, will make this device a top performer.
As for pricing, well, here is a bit of a shocker - but a nice shock! Initial launch price for the tablet is $199/£159 for the 8GB model, and $249/£199 for the 16GB model. It will also ship with a $25 credit to use on the Google Play app store. Expect this device to start shipping around mid July in the UK, USA, Canada and Australia.
All in all, this seems to be one stunning piece of kit, and no doubt looking to rival the likes of the Samsung Galaxy Note, all be it with a slightly bigger screen.