Published on Jul 17, 2012
Here's an unboxing of the Asus Google Nexus 7. So far it's been an absolutely fantastic product and I look forward to rooting it soon! Make sure to leave a comment below letting me know what you think about the device.
Thanks for watching :)
The Nexus 7 is an Android tablet computer co-developed by Google and Asus, the first tablet entry in the Nexus series. The Nexus 7 is a 7-inch tablet, primarily competing with similar devices such as the Nook Tablet, Kindle Fire and the Blackberry Playbook.
The Nexus 7 was unveiled at Google I/O on June 27, 2012 for release by mid-July, and became immediately available for pre-order through Google Play the same day. Initial shipments will be confined to the US, Canada, UK, Republic of Ireland and Australia.
In an interview in December 2011 with an Italian newspaper, Google's Eric Schmidt had confirmed that the company would unveil a tablet within 6 months, owing to increased competition between the company and Apple. While Schmidt did not specifically refer to it as such, it was inferred to be a Nexus device. By May 2012, information and benchmarks began to leak about the tablet—revealing that it would be an Asus-produced device known as the "Nexus 7", which would have a 7-inch screen, a quad-core Tegra 3 processor, and version 4.1 of Android.
Google officially unveiled the Nexus 7 at its I/O developers conference in San Francisco on June 27, 2012. The device is intended to take advantage of the content available through web services such as Google Play—including e-books, music, television programs, and movies. It was given out to Google I/O attendants, along with a Galaxy Nexus cellphone with Jelly Bean pre-installed, the Nexus Q, and a Chromebox the following day.
The Nexus 7 will be shipped with the latest version of Android, 4.1, codenamed Jelly Bean. Additionally, it will ship with Chrome as its web browser. The Nexus 7 does not completely use the widescreen-optimized interface used by other Android tablets; instead using a new interface mode in Android 4.1 optimized for 7-inch tablets, which uses an interface layout closer to that of Android phones (with a vertically oriented launcher and notifications accessed from the top of the screen), but still allows apps to use the same widescreen-optimized layouts used by larger tablets.
The Nexus 7 is based on the Asus MeMO ME370T, although many aspects of the device were modified during a 4 month design process. The tablet features:
7-inch LED backlit 1280x800@60Hz pixel IPS display (Hydis HV070WX2) fused to Corning scratch-resistant glass
1.2 GHz Quad-core (plus one "companion" core) Nvidia Tegra 3 processor with a 12-core graphics chip (T30L - 4 x Cortex A9 SoC)
1 GB DDR3 RAM (Hynix HTC2G83CFR)
NFC (NXP 65N04)
Wi-Fi b/g/n with Bluetooth 4.0 (Broadcom BCM4330 paired with AzureWave AW-NH665)
Gyroscope and accelerometer (Invensense MPU-6050), magnetometer
GPS (Broadcom BCM4751)
Front-facing 1.2 MP camera (Aptina MI 1040)
Rechargeable 4325 mAh, 16 Wh Li-ion non-removable battery
As with all Google Nexus program devices, Nexus 7 also features a pogo pin interface available for future accessories.
Models and pricing
Two models of the Nexus 7 had been made available, with 8 and 16 GB of storage respectively, starting at $199 in the United States for the 8 GB model. The low cost of the Nexus 7 puts it in direct competition with the Kindle Fire, which shares the same price. The low price of the Nexus 7 in comparison to higher-end tablets such as the iPad was also noted by critics; Nvidia's Mike Rayfield felt that no one had ever produced a "truly amazing" device of its kind at such a price until the Nexus 7.
In an analysis of its components, IHS's iSuppli estimated in a teardown that the Nexus 7 only cost $159.25 to produce, $19 more per unit than the Kindle Fire. The Fire's lower production costs were attributed to its use of a lower-quality screen, a dual-core processor instead of the Nexus 7's quad-core Tegra 3, and its lack of camera or NFC functionality. The firm's senior analyst Andrew Rassweiler suggested that the failures of tablets from other manufacturers (which helped lower the price of their components), and the success of the HP TouchPad's fire sale made the ability to produce low-end yet name brand tablets possible.
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