More details have trickled out about the hotly tipped Google tablet, the Nexus 7. The 7-inch Android tablet will be the first to show off Google Nexus 7 face up to the iPad or the new Microsoft Surface and ?, and now sources say it won't have a main camera or 3G. Can the
In order to keep the cost down to the rumoured $200 (£125), it seems Google and tablet manufacturer Asus plan to only offer Wi-Fi for connecting to the web, with no 3G option.
Industry watcher DigiTimes reports that component suppliers for the Nexus 7 also say there's no main camera -- just a lower-resolution front-facing camera for video calls.
Perhaps it's this camera that captured two photos posted to Google's online photo-sharing service Picasa, which claim to have been captured by a device called Nexus 7. The 1,280x960-pixel snaps are of the ceiling in 'Google Building 44', according to the attached geotagging metadata. One has since been deleted.
It's a tough market the Nexus 7 enters: making Android tablets is a hard row to hoe. None of them have come close to toppling the iPad as the most popular slate. Things are so tough, .
And things got even tougher today with the announcement of the Microsoft Surface and , flagship that introduce the world to the next generation of the software that runs most of the world's homes and offices -- and by the end of this year will power tablets too.
The Nexus 7 will not only have to contend with the apparently invincible marketing of the iPad, but also with the widespread brand recognition of Windows. In fact, this is turning into a three-way head-to-head battle of the brands between Apple, Microsoft and Google, with the latter two putting their own names on the hardware for the first time. Who will win?
It's a safe bet that the Nexus 7 will take a bow at Google I/O, the annual Android developer event on 27 June in San Francisco. Keep it CNET for all the news and speculation in the run-up to the Nexus 7's public debut, as well as videos, previews and first impressions when it does become official.
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