If you’ve been looking at the range of the latest 7-inch Android tablets, Google’s Nexus 7 model, made by Asus, has been unavoidable.
UPDATE: Dec 2012 - Asus has FINALLY launched its 3G Nexus 7 with 32GB - details here.
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Asus has been very busy of late, launching a stunning range of Windows 8 tablets, notebooks, all-in-ones and Windows RT devices, alongside an equally stunning range of Android tablets, from its own brand of high-end and keyboard/battery equipped 10.1inch Transformers through to its partnership with Google on the Nexus range of Android 4.2-powered “pure Google” 7-inch tablets.
The news from Asus hasn’t stopped, with its announcement today of retail availability for its new Nexus 7 tablet with 32GB, with specs that clearly state GSM/EDGE/WCDMA connectivity at various bands, dovetailing with Google’s claims that HSPA+ connectivity was coming, for AUD $319.
The announcement comes on November 13, as Google said it would in its recent press release with news of its Nexus 4 smartphone and new Nexus 7 and 10-inch models which also talked of a Nexus 32GB model that would have both Wi-Fi and global 3G HSPA+ connectivity, as we reported on the 30th of October in an article entitled “Go ogle Google’s BEST EVER Nexus smartphones and tablets!”.
The local, US and global websites of Asus don’t yet list the Nexus with 32GB or 3G connectivity, and continue to list the original Nexus 7 tablet information, but those sites will obviously soon be updated.
Google, however, is now offering the Nexus 7 with 32GB for AUD $299 (and the 16GB model at $249) but both in a Wi-Fi only configuration only – no 3G option offered or even mentioned on the Play Store as yet, at prices $20 cheaper but which feature a $19.99 international shipping charge, making the Wi-Fi only 32GB Nexus 7 a worse deal from Google than a similarly priced 32GB Nexus 7 with 3G from a local retailer.
Although Asus’ press release states the tablet is running Android OS 4.1 Jelly Bean, it also states that it comes with Android 4.2, which has been referred to as “the latest flavour of Jelly Bean”.
The press release also notes that “Nexus 7 is designed to go wherever you go – and now with up to 32GB of storage, the Nexus 7 can take users even further”, with availability not only in the Google Play store, but also “selected retailers, including Harvey Norman, JB HiFi, Dick Smith Electronics, The Good Guys, Bing Lee, Radio Rentals, Office Works, EB Games, BSR and authorised ASUS channel resellers”, with the added extra that “The new model will be distributed [in Australia] by Synnex and Dicker Data.”
Android OS 4.2, the “new flavour” of Jelly Bean that was previously going to be known as “Key Lime Pie”, an OS name presumably now being saved for Android OS 5.0, is also the order of the day.
Android 4.2 gives you a keyboard that copies the “Swype” effect, has improved Google Now capabilities, improve voice control capabilities, new actionable notiications and more, while running on Nvidia’s still fast Tegra 3 quad-core processor and its slower “fifth core” which “gives users processing power when needed, and battery saving efficiency when they don’t”.
There’s also the fact that there’s now “675,000 apps and games” in the Google Play store, with “the world's largest collection of eBooks, millions of songs, thousands of movies and TV shows, and the latest magazines”, alongside all the standard Google Apps like “Gmail, Chrome, Google+ and YouTube” and, from the tech specs, also includes “Google Earth, Movie Studio, Google Maps (and) syncing with Google Calendar” which Asus’ press release says is “putting the best of Google in the palm of the hand.”
Full Nexus 7 32GB tech specs and a short Nexus 7 history on page two, please read on!