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Google’s Quad-core Tablet Outed as the “Nexus 7” Via Benchmark? Runs Android 4.1 aka Jelly Bean

We have essentially pencilled in a Nexus tablet debuting at Google I/O next month, but a benchmark that appeared over at Power Board today may have told us much more than we thought we knew. The Tegra 3 is there, but clocked at 1.3GHz. Asus is the manufacturer. The 768×1280 resolution simply screams 7″ display. The name of “Nexus 7” also fits that bill. But what else do we have? 

Apparently via the app or website, we get some extra details that this benchmark page won’t show you. The OS as “android,” the model name as “Nexus 7,” the hardware codename is “grouper,” the Android build is JRN51B with the “J” signaling Jelly Bean, and the numbering scheme has been updated to Android 4.1.

“os”:  {

“android”:  {

“model”:  “Nexus  7”,

“hardware”:  “grouper”,

“manufacturer”:  “asus”,

“device”:  “grouper”,

“brand”:  “google”,

“display”:  “nakasif-userdebug  4.1  JRN51B  359483  dev-keys”,

“version_sdk”:  “4.1”,

“board”:  “grouper”,

“version_code”:  “1”v

So why are we believing this random benchmark? Everything seems to line up. Sure it could be some incredible work by a troll, but most trolls aren’t this good. For those wondering, Google likes to name all of their phones as fish, such as “maguro” for the GSM Galaxy Nexus or “toro” for the LTE version. They also start Android builds with the first letter of the version of Android which we are seeing as a “J” here. For example, the new G-Nex ICS build is IMM76K for “Ice Cream Sandwich.”

Now we ask this – are you buying this bit of info? Did someone actually screw up and post an early benchmark that just outed Jelly Bean along with the Nexus 7 name? And seriously, is Jelly Bean really ready only 5 or so months after launch? With it being 4.1 and not 5.0, this would lead us to believe that JB is more of an incremental update and not such a massive change like ICS was.

Via:  Power Board | Android Police

  • Screen size fail. resolution fail. tegra3 fail.

    Nope, not buying it.

  • Pedro

    Looks like the build was compiled recently (may 21st)…

  • Mike

    I’m just going to wait for Transformer TF700 if Google doesn’t announce a 10 inch version of this

  • I never saw the value of a 7″ device until Sascha and Nicole made this video:

    • MKader17

      Honestly, the tablet seems to encourage people to shut out the world around them and stare at a screen when using it “around town”. The best parts about the tablet are media playback, and viewing multiple widgets for better efficiency. While I’m walking around I don’t need that; I just need to have my phone give me some information and put it away.

      The tablet could be useful in an office environment , but i have quick access to things on my PC there. At home, I also have a PC with a bigger screen. Currently I also have a 10.1 Prime that acts as a netbook. The 10.1″ screen is better for home use because it’s obviously bigger and you don’t need the portability of a 7″. The 10.1″ with the dock provides a better typing service and longer battery life as well as a “stand”.

      The place that I find true usefulness with a 7″ tablet is in the car. You could use it as a head unit of sorts. The 10.1″ in a car is a little big, and the phone can be a little small. It would be good to un dock it and use it for entertainment purposes on the road. If you had a boat, it could easily transfer to a dock there as well. However, these uses are very limited, and currently do not entice me to get a 7″ tablet. However, a $200 Nexus tablet may change my mind in the future after a price drop.

  • MrSteve920

    Nexus 7 makes sense because the term “Nexus” is from Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep (The book Blade Runner is based on). In the book, the main series of robots are called the Nexus 6. So the Nexus 7 would be the next generation after them.

    • ddevito

      the Nexus 6 was also indistinguishable from humans. My GNex doesn’t look like me. :p

      • MrSteve920

        Or maybe, that phone in your pocket is not really the Galaxy Nexus, it’s a replicant and the real G-Nex is watching you from the shadows!!!!! Trololololo.

    • NemaCystX

      or it could be the same naming scheme that Samsung uses on its tablets.

      Nexus 7 = 7″ screen or 7″ tablet

      • mustbepbs

        You’re ruining the magic!

  • Bionicman

    This would be great. A tablet that I could take everywhere (more places than my transformer!). it would be cool to see lots of people buy one but id be happy with just one.

  • mustbepbs

    I’m guessing the rumors for JB being a tablet focused OS could have merit. I mean..OEMs are just BARELY getting their first wave (a few phones/tablets) of updates ready for ICS. How on Earth can Google expect anyone to get JB on anything any time soon? I guess Google I/O will explain.

    I hope.

  • Bionic

    To everyone crying about the screen size/ resolution, quit bitching already. Do you people not realize that this first tablet is a “test”. If this one sells well, and it will, there will be a Nexus 10 which will boast a high resolution and more beastly specs im sure. And it will cost $400.

    Be patient and stop your bitching and try to understand that google knows what the hell they are doing, otherwise they wouldnt be so rich and powerful.

  • Bionic

    It makes total sense for it to be 4.1 and not 5.0. Why do we need a drastic change so fast? We dont.

    Also, im very satisfied with these specs and the name itself, im ready to buy my first tablet!!

    • JoshGroff

      I made the jump to the Xoom, it’s pretty solid and I can pop in my phone SIM if I want data.

  • for a 7 inch screen 768 X 1280 will be fine, if they make a 10in version then make it 1080 X 1920 but going as far as apple is kinda stupid wasting all that horse power just to run a super high res screen when it could be doing something useful. that’s my 2 cents Google hurry up and take my money !!!!

  • SeanBello

    you can’t really go wrong with a Tegra 3 tab for $200. I’d probably rather it had ICS unless JB is fully polished, which if ICS’ debut was any indication; it isn’t.

    • Jon

      hmm…what about ICS was not polished? I’m curious?

      I have the Galaxy Nexus, the flagship device for ICS, and I think it’s quite polished actually. Probably the most polished version of Android ever released.

      4.1 will be incremental, which probably means it will be even more polish to ICS and not so much anything hugely drastic. A fit and finish update to ICS.

      • SeanBello

        so do I, and perhaps you noticed that there had to be a major update as soon as you turned on the phone out of the box and unrooted ppl have been waiting for 4.0.4 to fix a lot of other annoying bugs. 4.0.4 is VERY polished.

  • CharlesHussell

    A $200 Nexus Tablet being the only device running Jellybean could fly off the shelves. I would buy one.

    • palomosan

      My next Tablet, a little disappointed about the resolution

  • Micah Gemmell

    I want to buy a 7inch tablet. my xoom is just too big to hold one-handed comfortably. (i love having school books on it though), but a 7incher would be just the perfect size for reading.

    • You need to work out more.

      • Micah Gemmell

        well, i meant for reading while lying down.

  • edmicman

    Severely disappointed in the lack of a super hi-res screen…

    • Bionic

      its frikin 200 dollars dude, come on.

      • hkklife

        Bionic is 100% right. 90% of the 7″ Android tablets still have 1024×600 screens. Heck, some like Dell’s Streak 7, are still just 800×480. 1280×800 is still the de facto Android tablet resolution and is perfect for that size. I’m more concerned about the quality of the actual panel and how much internal storage it’ll have.

        • PixelDestiny

          I agree. I’m ecstatic that this isn’t 1024×600, this is a definite buy for me now. I wasn’t expecting retina resolution anyways, and as long as it’s >200ppi at this price it’s good enough for me. I was hoping for 1280×800, but 1280×768 (213 ppi) is perfectly acceptable, now I’m hoping for IPS. I couldn’t care less about what processor it has, I just want a nice quality display.

          • PixelDestiny

            Also, I’d like to address the OP’s concerns about this not being a high enough resolution. Look at it this way, this display (213ppi) will have almost the same pixel density as the Asus Transformer Pad Infinity which is 1920×1080 on a 10.1 display (218ppi). I know it’s not quite iPad 3 pixel density, but for $300 less than the iPad 3 I think your getting a pretty amazing display for the price. And I’m fully expecting this to be an IPS panel as well considering the displays in the rest of Asus’s tablet lineup and considering the 370T was going to be 7 inch IPS for $250, I think it’s still totally feasible at $200.

    • ddevito

      there’s a phone number you can call and give Google customer feedback on future device.

      (888) – 922-2222

      • ddevito


  • Jeremy626

    4.1 already? when 4.0 is on like 6% of all android??
    mmm I guess no one will get 4.1 til like 2013.

    • So, what should Google do? Sit and wait until all OEMs upgrade devices to 4.0 and then start working on 4.1? Google is working on Android, releasing new versions. OEMs are upgrading (or not upgrading) devices. This is how Android works, for better or for worse.

  • Typical Google minion says:

    I will buy this Id never by an ipad. this will be a much better option and all this for a great price! google will crush the competition and this will get key lime pie! please take my money

  • I’d definitely like to see a higher definition screen and access to LTE. These two features are what keep me on the iPad rather than my Transformer Prime.

    • I have lte on my tablet now and never agai n will I waste my money Audi is the only way to go

  • joe buck

    They need to get ics right first

    • Bionic

      and what, per se, is wrong with ICS?

  • Alexander Reddicks

    Duh? Of course Jelly Bean will be an incremental update. Jelly Bean was never going to be version 5. The only reason it will have a name (Remember that Honeycomb was versions 3.0-3.2) is because it will most likely have Google Assistant integration, a gamecenter of sorts, the ability to pair with Google Glass, and even more cloud-based features. Those may be the tip of the iceberg, but those seem pretty astounding as an update, but nothing revolutionary as far as UI is concerned, which is why Honeycomb and ICS both got new version numbers (3 and 4 respectively). And a 7 inch tablet would be perfect to introduce 4.1 because it is in between a 4 inch phone and a 10 inch tablet. Plus this would also be a good time for Google to make the statement that they are now a Hardware company (ish) as well as a software company. Starting a line of Google (stock) devices is the best idea that they have had. But will the US carriers *cough cough* Verizon *cough cough* be supportive of this bold new move? We will have to wait and see. Until then, I can’t wait to see what is going to be unveiled at Google IO this year 🙂

    • Kris Brandt

      I was surprised that even Droid-Life had been referring to Jelly Bean as 5.0. It doesn’t coincide with Google’s history of versioning Android. 4.1 made a lot more sense and I called that out when Jelly Bean was rumored to be released as 5.0.

  • Guest

    Bad choice! 7 inches and just 1280×768 and that too with the less-desirable Tegra3. Look at the performance! Google shoulv’e gone with S4/Pro or the new Exynos.

    • vitriolix

      all that for under $200 and they are crushing the competition

      • tech247

        or more specifically, the Kindle fire…..

        • vitriolix

          that and the nook tablet.

    • Bionic

      All of the “should of” you just mentioned are wayyyy to expensive. This is 200 dollars.

    • Jon

      huh? That resolution on a 7″ device will look great. Hell that’s what I had on my Acer iconia 10.1″ and it looked great.

  • Rodeojones000

    I hope a 10 inch version comes out as well. I’m thinking of getting a tablet this summer.

    • Foxracinglarry

      This…I want a tablet, night a slightly bigger phone.

      • Cam

        Agreed with both of you. I’ve heard iPhone/iPad called a ‘consumption device’, which I cannot agree with more. They are mostly made to watch and be seen, where as Android has always felt like the platform of choice to do things on. A 7″ tablet is great for something like the Fire, which is an Android consumption device, but for productivity, I would find a 10″ much more useful.

        • noyfb

          But wouldn’t a 10″ device cost more than $200, i think their motive is to compete against the fire seeing that their is a market for it after seeing how many amazon has sold with its limited device and figured they could do a lot better for the same price. But I agree, i’d rather have a 10 inch tab or something similar to the padfone where i can just plug my phone into a tablet, but make it universal for a group of phones to be used with.

          • Cam

            Well, yea, it would cost more. Maybe 300-350-ish. It’s just that the 7″ has limited usefulness, especially with all the very large Android phones out there. It makes sense for Apple to have an in-between device, but I’m worried Google may be making a mistake here.

    • JoshGroff

      That’s why I bought an LTE Xoom on eBay. Dev community is solid and I can pop in my phone SIM if I want to use 3G/4G.

  • JosephMoreno

    I don’t like that resolution…. Or that 4.1 is coming so soon!!! C’mon Google don’t do this please.

  • NemaCystX

    I heard from some testers that had 4.1 on the Galaxy Nexus (before it was even released on Verizon) that 4.1 will include a feature related to Android @ Home and that new USB api they showed off at IO last year. It wasn’t included in ICS though for some reason. My guess is they will show off the final version at IO this year and roll it out to Nexus devices as soon as its released (with Verizon/Sprint following shortly after)

  • Foxracinglarry

    I dont know if i like the 7inch screen, whats the point? the notes screen is almost that big, its needs to have a 10.1 atleast, or whats the point of having somthing slightly bigger than my phone?

    • Bionic

      the note is 5. this is 7. big difference.

  • Sean Collins

    If it’s 4.1 it would make sense that it is incremental and that 5.0 would possibly be debuted at sometime in the fall with the next wave of Nexus devices. Dunno, a lot of speculation!

  • Nice. Can’t wait.

  • Froyo > Gingerbread and Ice Cream Sandwich > Jelly Bean will probably be similar. Not major UI overhaul, just a few new features and lots of fixes.

    • NemaCystX

      Eclair 2.1 to Froyo 2.2 (no big changes in UI, just features)

      Froyo 2.2 to Gingerbread 2.3 (some UI changes and features)

      Gingerbread 2.3 to ICS 4.0 (Major UI changes and features)

      ICS 4.0 to Jelly Bean 4.1 (some UI changes likely and new features are a given)

      I left out Honeycomb because Google itself admitted it was a rushed version of Android for tablets and strictly only for tablets.

      But if you look at the version numbers, they indicate how big the update could be, usually a small number jump isn’t a major update, but if its something along the lines of going from 2.3 to 4.0 (imagine 3.0 as the latest version for Gingerbread but it wasn’t).

      I doubt we will see major upgrades to the OS before 5.0

  • Expect this to launch with 4.1, but I expect it to be a major update to ICS with Jelly Bean coming later in the year as 5.0

    • chris125

      so much for 1 update a year then.

  • we should wait and get the real info from Google…. after all….. I/O 12 its just the corner

  • Scissorlift

    In the name of progression for android I hope Jelly bean is ready.

  • PuzzleShot

    On the question of whether or not Jelly Bean would really be ready so soon after Ice Cream Sandwich, just look at the release history for previous versions:

  • We need to know more information before saying we’ll buy it. More than likely I’ll still buy it anyways given the price.

    • Sorry for the confusion, I mean buying as in purchase the device.

  • kauthor47

    Sure would be nice if this was Asus’ “new transformation.” 😀