Google, together with Asus, has announced the new Nexus 7, first device running the latest Android Operating System, Jelly bean, aka Android 4.1. The Nexus 7 beats its closest competitor, Amazon’s Kindle Fire, in some ways: adding a front-facing 1.2 MP camera, a microphone and a physical volume rocker. The Nexus 7 sports a 7-inch, IPS (in-plane switching) screen, with a resolution of 1,280×800 pixels. The tablet is also the first 7-incher to house a 1.3GHz Nvidia Tegra 3 quad-core CPU, which includes a 12-core GPU. However be warned: there’s no microSD card slot nor a rear-facing camera.
The Nexus 7 is available now from the Google Play store starting at $199 for the 8GB storage configuration and $249 for 16GB. Units will ship in mid-July. Purchasing from Google Play also gifts you a $25 credit to spend on Google Play media.