Google's Nexus 7 tablet has been officially unveiled at the Google I/O Conference.
As previously reported, the device was built by Asus, and comes with a 7-inch 1280x800 HD display. According to Google, it's running the Tegra 3 processor and has a front-facing camera for video chatting. Wi-Fi connectivity, as well as Bluetooth and near-field communication (NFC) support are also included in the device.
Rumours have been swirling for months that Google would offer the tablet. Earlier this morning, the company also mistakenly let slip a banner image of the device on its Google Play store.
With the announcement, Google is making a play for a piece of a hard-fought market, where its entry will compete against Amazon's Kindle Fire — which the Nexus 7 approximates in size and price — as well as Apple's iPad.
The Nexus 7 comes in 8GB and 16GB models. It's available for pre-order to customers in Australia, the US, the UK and Canada today. The 8GB option retails for AU$249, while the 16GB version will go on sale at AU$299. The device will start shipping in two to three weeks, Google said.
Rounding out the specs are a micro-USB port, 1GB of RAM, a 1.2-megapixel front camera (no back camera included), a gyroscope, a GPS, an accelerometer, a microphone and 802.11a/b/g/n Wi-Fi.
The device measures 10.45mm thick, weighs 0.317kg and, from the looks of the first pictures released, has a textured, grippy backside and appears to be about the same size as the Kindle Fire.
The Nexus 7 will be the first device to run the latest version of the Android 4.1 OS, also known as Jelly Bean. Google said to expect 9 hours of 720p HD video battery life.