Google Nexus 7 and Android Jelly Bean in hands-on video

Fancy observing Google's new Nexus 7 tablet? Point your peepers at this hands-on video.

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Fancy getting a look at Google's first own-brand tablet? Click play on the video above to examine the Google Nexus 7 , along with the all-new Android Jelly Bean software that's powering it.

The Nexus 7 has a healthy amount of hardware on board. The 7-inch display has a 1,280x800 pixel resolution, while under the bonnet a quad-core Tegra 3 processor keeps everything moving along swiftly.

The design isn't ground-breaking (it's a black rectangle with a touchscreen in the middle), but the textured finish on the back gives the tablet a grippy feel, and it's light and slim enough to cart around all day without straining your spine.

The new Jelly Bean software boasts more than a few talking points. The most notable new feature of Android 4.1 is Google Now, which shows you information relevant to your day, pleasingly arranged on sets of on-screen cards.

Trigger Google Now by swiping up from the bottom of the screen, and if, for instance, you're checking it in the morning, it'll show you travel information for getting to work, or when to expect the next bus. It gets this info from things like your search history and location, and can even tell which team you support.

The frame rate has been increased, giving Jelly Bean a smooth, velvety feel. And did I mention a charming new Easter egg ?

The most attractive feature however is the price. Google's flogging the Nexus 7 for a bargain £160 for the 8GB version. With a price tag that low, it's tough to feel too bad about omissions like a rear-facing camera, 3G or a MicroSD card slot.

There's a lot to be excited about, with the only concern being that Google's getting a bit ahead of itself with Android versions -- at the start of May the earlier Ice Cream Sandwich was only running on 5 per cent of Android devices . Will Samsung Galaxy S3 owners be chuffed that their brand-new blowers are already running an out-of-date version of Android?

Will you be shelling out £160 for the Nexus 7? Let me know in the comments or on our Facebook wall.

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Luke Westaway is a senior editor at CNET and writer/ presenter of Adventures in Tech, a thrilling gadget show produced in our London office. Luke's focus is on keeping you in the loop with a mix of video, features, expert opinion and analysis.

 

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