Google’s Amazon Kindle Fire killer is official. A collaboration between ASUS and Google, the Nexus 7 tablet is the first slate to run Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, which offers enhanced touch performance, offline voice typing, expandable notifications, and Google Now for remembering your searches.
Weighing a light 12 ounces, the Nexus tablet boasts a 7-inch IPS scratch-resistant display with 1280 x 800-pixel resolution. You also get Nvidia’s quad-core Tegra 3 processor, 1GB of RAM, and a 1.2-MP front-facing camera. NFC is built in for easily sharing photos and other info between Android devices. Expect up to 8 hours of battery life, which is fairly good for a slate this size.
The Nexus 7 will ship with Chrome as the standard browser. This device was designed to put Google Play front and center and all the new content it has to offer, from magazines and games to movies and TV shows. However, with just 8GB of onboard storage, you’ll likely be relying pretty heavily on the cloud for your entertainment. The 16GB version costs $249.
Overall, the Nexus 7 looks like a much more robust tablet than the Kindle Fire for the same price, which will put that much more pressure on Amazon for its sequel. (Not to mention anyone else who makes an Android slate.) Read our Nexus 7 Tablet hands-on for more details.