Jun 25 AT 8:23 AM Anthony Domanico 67 Comments

Nexus 7 tablet pictured ahead of I/O?


The folks over at Gizmodo Australia were sent a training document reportedly being sent around to third-party retailers ahead of the Nexus 7 launch. Of course, we recognize that this may indeed be fake, but a leak this close to the unveil leads us to believe it very well may prove true.

The leaked document confirms basically all previous specs we told you about, with a 1.3 GHz Tegra 3 processor, 1GB RAM, 8GB of storage, and a super-cheap $199 price tag. A version with 16GB of storage will be available for $249. The Nexus 7 will also launch with the next version of Android, Jelly Bean (4.1). Completing out the spec sheet are a 1.2 megapixel front-facing camera, NFC, and a 7″ IPS display with a 178 degree viewing angle and 1,280 by 800 resolution. And yes, it’ll be made by ASUS.

So what does the Nexus 7 tablet look like, you may ask? Well, anyone hoping for that two or three-toned render from a few weeks back will be sorely disappointed. Google’s Nexus slate will differentiate itself from the sea of black slates only by way of an engraved Nexus logo on the backside of the device.

Now that you’ve seen the possible final render of the Nexus 7, including the final spec sheet for the device, do you still plan on picking up the Nexus 7 when it makes its retail debut next month?

Source: Gizmodo Australia

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  • YellowDucati

    Take my money Google.

    • dVyper

      It needs more storage!

      • M0nk

        Removable storage > any internal storage

        • BiGMERF

          Mad I hope it has support for external storage

    • Ray

      hold on hold on…let me get some more hay for you.

      You have a serious case of the Sheeple Syndrome. You will be submitted for lab test to determine why you choose to be part of the 99% of idiots in the world.

      dumb ass lol

  • Yonas

    But did ASUS think of its sales of the Pad series ?? Because logically anyone in the market for a decent android tablet would go for this over any other.

    • kazahani

      Meh. There are already other 7-in tablets available, so I don’t think it will affect full size tablet sales much.

      • Jorge Eslava

        I have a 10″ tablet and I’m going to try the Nexus 7, the price and processor combined make the screen size difference not matter as much.

    • brian

      ASUS can go after its own branded nexus tablet with better offerings for the same competitive price. Take Samsung for example. Their nexus phones are all solid, but not always currently top spec’d. Then, they release their galaxy s series which are almost always better spec’d. (Save room for argument about software; stock vs skinned however)

    • erikiksaz

      I don’t know, the lack of microSD is a huge issue for me. The 8gb on the Kindle Fire was a no go.

      I get that Nexus devices usually don’t come with microSD slots. Cloud storage blah blah blah. But the BIG difference is that the previous Nexus devices have been phones, not tablets. I use my phone when my feet are on the ground, when there’s a wireless signal to access the cloud. When I use my tablet, I’m usually either (A) in an airplane or (B) on a tour bus driving through the boonies where THERE IS NO INTERNET. 8GB=16GB=SUCK.

      Seriously, NFC?! WTF. NFC gets used what, once every 19119333387 hours that my phone is turned on?

      • Gr8Ray

        If you had a spouse/partner with an NFC equipped device, you might find you use it more often. It’s extremely convenient for sharing just about anything between devices. Just because YOU don’t use the feature doesn’t make it irrelevant.

        • erikiksaz

          My partner does have an NFC equipped phone, as do five of my closest friends. Needless to say, if they’re sitting across the living room they will email or text me anything they find remotely interesting. And if they’re closer than that, we can and do resort to handing over our device. We don’t need to share contacts because we already have the same pool of contacts.

          NFC works better if you’re hoping to share contacts with an acquaintance. And as I was stating, how often does that happen?

          So, all in all, you’d still rather have NFC than the ability to plug in a microSD card?

          • SGB101

            Never used NFC on my phone. 12 months time may be different tho

          • http://www.healthytiger.com Healthy

            I can definitely see myself using it if i pull something down on my phone (say link to a video from twitter) and decide to watch it in this tablet.

            tap, watch.

            besides that, i may be one of the small minority who actually have bought a handful of programmable NFC stickers. i have one hidden in my thermostat just inside the front door that turns on wifi and sets volumes for home. i have one on my jambox that turns on bluetooth sets volumes and opens google music. i have one at work that sets a 25 minute “no-interrupt” timer and airplane mode.

            i can tell you right now, i wouldn’t get a device that doesn’t have NFC capability at this point, i’m just hoping it gets better adoption. (i AM glad they aren’t wasting cost or space on a rear camera for a tablet, as nice as that would be)

          • Gr8Ray

            I don’t see it as one or the other, NFC or MicroSD, and never stated that. I’d rather have NFC available than not, and I find it much faster to share between devices using a simple bump than to ship the data over the internet, which requires pulling up apps, multiple navigation actions to get to the sharing intent, some amount of typing, and waiting for delivery. Not to mention the utility/convenience of programmable NFC tags.

      • GrendelJapan

        I agree re: the microsd card.

        As far as NFC goes, I use it all the time. Every time I get into my car, I wedge my NS into an inexpensive universal car dock with a 50 cent custom NFC tag (written with NFC Task Launcher) to turn Bluetooth on (to connect to my receiver) and switch to car mode.

        I used to use it every night to trigger some bed-side stuff, but ended up shelling out for a nice dock that automatically launches stuff.

        I should probably look into NFC task launcher more to see if I can, at a tap, log in to our corp WiFi and (might as well switch to go vibrate only too) when I get to work.

        I think NFC is highly underrated.

        • erikiksaz

          Super nerds.

          JK =p Those are pretty inventive uses of NFC.

      • masterpfa

        I agree with your line

        “When I use my tablet, I’m usually either (A) in an airplane or (B) on a tour bus driving through the boonies where THERE IS NO INTERNET. 8GB=16GB=SUCK.”

        I need a tablet for mostly when travelling, where there is no WiFi, , not at home. TRUE I can use my phone as a Hot Spot.

        But I shall reserve judgement until the official features are released, hopefully tomorrow then we can all hail the new prince, or discuss it’s shortcomings.

  • thekaz

    Might pick up one for the kids so I can have my phone back! :)

  • n25philly

    I’m holding off on purchasing any new tablets until the Surface comes out so I can see how that turns out, but if this is truly going to come out at the speculated price point I have no problems replacing my Kindle Fire with one

    • pjamies

      The MS Surface is going to be 3~4x the cost … You have to ask yourself the question .. is it worth the cost? what does the Surface give you that an Android device costing $199~250 doesn’t?
      There are limitations to what MS specific apps (3rd party apps for Android) can do on an Android device (ie QuickOffice, and other 3rd party office eqivalant offerings)
      MS Surface has lots or peripheral hook ups, what does this tablet have?
      How many apps will the new MS Surface (running win8 – Metro) tab have?
      Lots to think about …

      • aranea

        Well for me if the price was around $300-$400 for a good 10 inch tablet I would buy it without waiting but Surface if not much more expensive than a 10inch Android tablet is a good alternative because it comes with MS office. That way I won’t have to carry a laptop and a tablet when I go to a meeting. Of course I’d rather have a good MS office editing software for Android. Note that quickoffice doesn’t open pptx files properly, some images are missing and animations don’t play.

  • fletchtb

    This looks great! I can’t wait to plunk my money down!

  • txbluesman

    I am so ready to get this device, especially at that price point.

  • fletchtb

    I do hope there will be a MicroSD Card slot. That will make the 8GB model much more palateable.

    • rantmo

      8 and 16 alike should have an expansion slot, it would be a pretty huge oversight not to have.

      • ion orov

        Hey, this is Google and Gang we’re talking here. In the tablet arena, it seems that they’d rather shoot themselves in the foot than make money.

        With our luck, this would have no mSD and yet another propriety cable instead of simply mUSB.

        At least they’re being sane about the price. Man, I hope Google and Asus deliver here.

      • txbluesman

        You can get a WiFi 16gb external hard drive for $30. Not a bad deal, since there is no expansion slot.

  • Nate B.

    This will be nice for the specs your getting at such a low price. The thing I can’t get pas is that I’m assuming it’ll be like any other Android tablet as for as Stock UI. Just seems like a blown up phone UI. I don’t know, but ever since Microsoft announces theirs I haven’t een anything that competes. Only thing Microsoft failed with was launch time. Not trying to down it but I think tablets need more PC like experience. They should merge the Chrome OS with it. I just ha went been interested in any tablets since they came out across any manufacturer except the Surface. At the end of the day you can just about everything on your phone that you can do on these tablets. Just a bigger screen to me it seems like. Maybe 4.1 Jelly Bean will be a step closer in functionality.

    • http://midweststitch.com ajonrichards

      I have an 8.9 inch tablet. It’s much more fun to play games, read books, and watch netflix on a bigger screen. I still use my smartphone far more than my tablet, but the tablet is much more comfortable to use for longer periods of time, such as at a coffee shop, in the bathtub, or while taking a dump.

    • pjamies

      If you are saying that running Metro on your tablet/Phone is is like running the regular MS OS on your desktop, then you are in for a big surprise! The interface is completely different. Yes, a phone and a tablet are very similar devices with different screen sizes, but that is exacty what we want. We do not want a totally different experience between 2 somewhat similar devices, it just makes things too confusing.
      Also, be aware that apps for Metro will be limited, until the OS gets some time behind it.
      The device seems a little over kill for what a normal user usually uses a tablet for ..ie surfing the web, light documentation (usually editing), and playing games .. Desktop PC’s are built for more user intense applications and a totally difference experience.

  • nivekkev

    Can’t wait for this, can’t wait for the full specs. That will help determine which one to get. May just go with the 16 gig model anyway. Hope they have enough to go around, would like to have this one ASAP!!!

  • sleepycat

    The rumored ASUS 370t was supposed to have a microSD slot so if it really is the 370 re-packaged as a Nexus it “should” have one too.

    • masterpfa

      Depending on the alleged cost cutting applied by the manufacturer at Google request

  • http://midweststitch.com ajonrichards

    I’m glad that they’re apparently dispensing with the rear camera.

  • spazby

    Looks really tempting

  • Terrormaster

    I don’t care how good the specs are or the price. No SD no deal Google.

  • ion orov

    Will this feature a stylus though? A stylus-enhanced tablet (like in the original Memo 370 specs) would be awesome.

    A super-sized galaxy note without touch-wiz…. drools…

  • http://www.ndroidgamers.com B2L

    This will definitely be my first tablet, I can’t wait to get my hands on one.

  • mmalakai10

    i hope that this tablet has a rear camera for taking photos. this leak rumor design sure doesnt have a rear camera. i am currently using the samsung galaxy tab 10.1 and i use the rear camera. also i wonder id=f this tablet will be sold directly from google like there galaxy nexus phone.

  • Kevin

    Call me prejudice or biased, I am not a big fan of ASUS’s logo and companies reputation. The design above is definitely incorrect because ASUS will embark their damn logo on everything they sell which makes the product really ugly. Asus’ fans can neg this comment all they want but you’ll see it happening, just watch!

    • yankeesusa

      Agree. Last asus computer I bought I had to sell after only a year and half due to keyboard not working anymore and a short circuit that made it impossible to use. I guess we’ll see the reviews on this.

  • Mix

    This will be my first tablet for myself and I think it looks quite sexy!

    I really do hope it has the option of adding a microSD card.

  • VS

    I’m leaning towards snagging the 16GB version. I test drove the HTC flyer back in the day and loved the 7″ form for portability, even after returning it (it just cost too much at the time with 2.3).

    I picked up a 10.1″ Thrive from Amazon Black Friday Deals, and it’s been great, but the weight and some of the partitions that Toshiba put on the HDD have limited it’s use in my book. I’m still waiting for a ICS update from Toshiba, but I remain skeptical it will happen.

    So, when I want to browse from the couch or read an eBook for an extended amount of time, I want to reach for this nimble little device that would have access to Chrome and be far lighter than the Thrive.

  • Hue Three of Five

    1280 x 800 at what PPI? It doesn’t seem like is going to be an hd screen. My Nexus is 316ppi and the screen looks great. My Gtab 2 7″ is only 170ppi and looks like crap.

    • http://www.ndroidgamers.com B2L

      Since it’s 1280 x 800 with a 7 inch display, PPI will be around 215. (If I’m calculating correctly.)

      • Hue Three of Five

        Yea that sounds about right. Thanks!

  • http://droidsamurai.blogspot.com DroidSamurai

    I am fine with not having a SD, but the lack of rear camera? Not that I think it’s a useful feature, but if you are using the Nexus tablet as a development device, not having a rear camera is quite inconvenient when your app requires one.

    • James Jun

      I think in cases where you would need the camera in apps outside of taking pictures, like scanning, the FFC should do fine I would think.

  • GrendelJapan

    In all probability, this will be my first tablet.

    I really hope it has a microsd card slot. As a media and gaming platform, 8 gb just doesn’t cut it. I’m starting to struggle with 16 gm on my NS.

  • MoSDeeb

    This will be the first Google Tablet I have on my buy list. Previous tablets from the various manufacturers hadn’t appealed to me before. Good thing I held out for the pure android experience.

  • jamal adam

    Sweet!! 8GB is small but it’s understandable when you are going for a price of $199 but it better have a micro-SD slot otherwise it will be a problem. I’m sure Google has thought to put one on it.

  • uknowme

    No microSD, not for me.

  • hi my name is Jeffrey

    I wish it came with a rear camera but I’ll take it just because its a nexus.. anything with a nexus is always good tegra 3,ips display.

  • http://www.infotainmentempire.com pekosROB

    Regarding the possible lack of microSD slot – I wouldn’t mind it, if and only if, Google (or whatever manufacturer for other devices) decided to do this and give you free unlimited cloud storage for the life of the device you use – every photo you take with it and every file you put on it was backed up onto Google Drive. Of course having it transferable to your new device if it’s made by the same manufacturer would be nice.

    A boy can dream, can’t he?

  • rpras

    Give it an sdxc slot. Other than that I don’t think a rear camera can be had for the price point.

  • cwjones4

    i keep getting more and more excited for this tablet. wish it had an SD card, but I don’t really plan on using it anywhere that i won’t have access to a wifi network. No need to keep all of my music on it with google music, and if I am going on a long trip I can just switch movies out – not all that inconvenient.

  • kusic

    I guess it is gonna be much more expensive here in Czech Rep. as Kindle Fire was. The price tag is not competitive here.
    Kindle Fire in U.S. $199 and in Czech Rep. $280

    • HackNet

      True, but the women are hotter in the Czech republic. Over here in Los Angeles, they are 80% plastic. Barbie look a likes walking around town with their face butt and fake breasts. So, paying an extra $80 to live in a country like Czech Rep isn’t that bad :)

    • HackNet

      True, but the women are hotter in the Czech republic.

  • Ben

    If it does come with NFC then why not use storage on your phone (counting on the phone having NFC) and use the tablet as a display, as I’m sure we all take our phones with us everywhere we would take a tablet.

  • perlowin

    I was going to get my kids the Kindle Fire, but now guess what I’m getting them!

  • Sdude

    I dont care about no back camera because 1. It would look stupid taking pictures with it . 2. I can take them on my phone and pass it on via bluetooth or Google drive NFC and many mire and ut would be a cheap tablet on a cheap tablet. I would like a micro AD but can like without it

  • awundrin

    I am definitely buying one. Can’t wait!

  • skyflakes

    This image is spot on.

  • klcow92

    spot on :P