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Nexus 7 Tablet Unveiled – Starts at $199 for 8GB Model, Ships in July

The Nexus 7 tablet is finally official and available now in the Google Play store. It’s $199 for the 8GB version, $249 for the 16GB version, and ships in mid-July. You can order now and be one of the first in the world to use Jelly Bean (Android 4.1).

It’s as you probably expected it to be on the spec front. The device is powered by a Tegra 3 quad-core processor, 7″ HD display, NFC, 1GB of RAM, and runs Jelly Bean. It looks like a solid option at that price.  

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  • girgee

    It copy ipad design can’t wait to see the lawsuit

    • PC_Tool

      girgee • 15 minutes ago

      Wow totally copy ipad design can already see lawsuit

      What? One troll-post wasn’t enough for you?
      Shooo!

  • MUTINOUS

    For those who complain about all those things that this tablet doesn’t have, stop being whinny babies and go buy an IPad for $200 dollars. LOL

  • http://www.facebook.com/dustin.church.5 Dustin Church

    Is this only a play store thing or will normal retailers have it too?

  • http://www.anishvshah.com Anish

    Glad I did not buy GTab 2 7.0. Can’t decide between 8gb and 16gb version.

  • kornfag11

    Done! Ordered it.

  • arthur2142

    Pre-ordered!

  • http://twitter.com/masroorhussain Masroor Hussain

    25$ credit for play store…
    just ordered mine 219 with shipping and tax
    if you love Google and Jelly B order ONE

  • Destroythanet

    It’ll be pretty damn good with a Jellybean AOKP ROM on it.

  • Dave

    Hate, hate, hate how this has no SD/microSD slot. If you buy movies, you can run out of that space in no time.

    • http://twitter.com/infidel0331 Doug Kulp

      Yeah, it’s a bummer, but I plan on fabricating a dongle that I can use to hook in a thumb drive. have enough usb cords around…

    • http://www.facebook.com/jeremyreddish Jeremy Reddish

      They are stored on the cloud. Only download the ones you want to watch offline

  • EatUrCrap

    What does JellyBean do that ICS doesn’t?

    • tyguy829

      So much faster/smoother with project butter, google now virtual assistant, ui refinements like home screen layouts, etc. the list goes on

  • bchampnd

    This is definitely an interesting device. I shelled out for a tablet last year and I’m getting an S3 as soon as Verizon decides to ship it to me so I’m not in the market for another new toy but I hope this thing does well so we start seeing better app support across the platform.

    (And by I’m not in the market, I really mean that I almost impulse bought it the second it went live on Google Play but convinced myself to wait until after my S3 arrives before I start looking for my next device and used the lack of expandable storage as my BS excuse for not buying)

    • EvanTheGamer

      I’m still unfortunately lacking a tablet. I’ve actually been wanting to get one that’s 10.1, but the Nexus 7 being the inexpensive alternative that it is, well, $249 just cannot be ignored!

      Yep, the Nexus 7 I think is going to be my first ever tablet and I am quite excited.

      Sure…32 GB would have been ideal, BUT 16 GB I think is quite enough. I’ll just have to think before installing every single app known to man so I don’t run out of space.

      Anyways, in about a year and a half I’ll probably end up getting another tablet. Probably a 10.1 with 64 GB of space. Quad-core of course, with all the other bells and whistles you’d expect a tablet to have.

      But for now, I’ll just be happy with my Nexus 7(when I get it) and that’s it. Can’t wait!

      • bchampnd

        I wouldn’t call you unfortunate at all. You’re lucky enough to be able to pick up a very capable device for less than half of what most tablets go for outside of the Kindle Fire. And your device should get timely updates unlike the Galaxy Tab line [not bitter at all…].

        Also, you may not get charged until the device ships – not sure Google’s policy on this. Even if they do charge you upfront, if you pay with a credit card you probably won’t have to actually take money out of your account for a few weeks anyway so it might be worth it to pre-order just in case it sells well and gets backordered. If you use a debit card, disregard that last point.

      • digitalicecream

        I, just, wanted, to, say, even, though, you, used, far, too, many, commas, it, was, better, than, trying, to, read, the, post, you, replied, to, which, had, no, punctuation. thanks for that! (Seriously, I’ll take bad punctuation over no punctuation any day).

        • EvanTheGamer

          u mad, bro?

          Sorry, I just had to! hahah. Now go away troll.

          • digitalicecream

            Not at all, I really enjoyed the read… lol

  • Destroythanet

    Kindle Fire and Nook Tablet Killer.

  • Adam

    Awesome! Order completed.

  • Miles

    Any 3G/4G option or only Wifi?

  • ckeegan

    I’ll wait for the 10″ super-pimped Nexus tablet that will be released at Christmas. The lack of 32GB, let alone 64GB, is ridiculous. I filled up 32GB on my XOOM within hours of purchase, and another 32GB the day the microSD was activated.

    • Anthony Vella

      I agree with you on the aspect of 10.1″. It’s awesome that Google has finally launched a good competitor against the Kindle Fire but personally when I am at home, I want to use a larger device when sitting on the couch or in a chair. The Nexus 7 though is perfect for travel.

  • http://twitter.com/josephgiusti Joseph Giusti

    No mention of the Microsd slot on the website…

    https://play.google.com/store/devices/details?id=nexus_7_16gb

  • ArrTooDeeToo

    This isn’t a tablet. It’s a glorified E-reader.

    They’ve made it a portrait mode device, which isn’t comfortable for a device that size, and doesn’t even make sense to a civilization that has watched every form of video media in Landscape for the past century. That’s everything from silent films in the 1920s to televisions in the 50s, to computers in the 80s. The whole purpose of Honeycomb tablets was to break the iPad mold (which is a portrait device, and is stupid.) and bring back what the human mind naturally defaults to, which is landscape.

    To make matters worse, they’ve removed the tablet UI from Jellybean. This is a huge disappointment to those of us who already have tablets and use (and actually like) the quick menu on the right, the buttons on the left. Now we have three ugly buttons at the bottom. It looks absolutely ridiculous on any device that’s bigger than a Galaxy Note.

    Oh, and I know we’re cutting costs here, but a micro SD card slot would have been great for those times when we’re on the road and don’t have access to the cloud. This isn’t a 4G device, after all.

    Aside from the 16 core video processor and the nice crisp screen, this device is rubbish in my opinion. Google had a good thing going with the direction they were taking Tablets, but now it just looks like they’re trying to dip into the e-reader/kindle market.

    //rant end

    • JoshGroff

      Problem: “They’ve made it a portrait mode device, which isn’t comfortable for a device that size, and doesn’t even make sense to a civilization that has watched every form of video media in Landscape for the past century.”

      Solution: Auto-rotate…

      “To make matters worse, they’ve removed the tablet UI from Jellybean.” They’re going for a unified UI between phones and tablets with JB, I thought most D-L readers would have known this by now.

      • ArrTooDeeToo

        That’s a good thought, but then your front facing camera is under your left thumb, your volume rocker is on the bottom of the device, the micro HDMI and USB ports are on the right side, in the way of your right hand. The only positive is that the power button would be on the top.

        • EvanTheGamer

          If you aren’t going to get it, that’s all fine and dandy, but you don’t have to type up a long negative post on why you think the Nexus 7 isn’t great, trying to discourage others from getting it.

          Seriously though, not cool.

          • ArrTooDeeToo

            I’m not discouraging anyone from getting it. It’s just my opinion. Nowhere in my post do I say “Don’t get this device!” I just stated my disappointment of the direction Android is taking tablets. I, personally, think it’s a step backwards. But if you want to buy one, more power to you.

          • SolipsisticPsychologist

            Yes, because you’ve never shown your dislike towards a product in these comments before. Sorry, we must have forgotten that only Evan is entitled to have an opinon and only if it’s a positive one towards what is being talked about. Forgive his observation O high ruler Evan.

        • ArrTooDeeToo

          edit: I didn’t know about the unification of phone and tablet UI. Please point me to the news post about this. I think it’s a horrible decision. It looks awful on the Nexus 7, will look worse on 10.1 inch tablets, and makes navigation a hassle! The quick menu was the best thing about the tablet UI. You could hit back, hone, and recent without moving your left hand, and get notifications without moving your right hand. Just reach over and touch the screen. Now it’s added a level of inconvenience to both of these functions. I thought Google was all about convenience!

        • JoshGroff

          Yeah, that would be quite annoying if you were trying to Skype or charge the tablet while using it, but the HDMI cable wouldn’t matter since one does not typically have an HDMI cable connected while holding a tablet (or maybe they do, I don’t ever connect mine to HDMI, and if I did, I would use a bluetooth controller.)

    • http://fujibayashi.jp/ Gasai Yuno

      And also this:

      Sorry! Devices on Google Play is not available in your country yet.

      Both in Japan and Russia.

    • http://techonblogger.ward.pro/ TechRumblings

      You may be right… but Google was loosing the tablet war big time and had to fight on the only front it could, price. Besides, the way the family data plans are going now, WiFi hotspot is included so most people who buy this thing will have that capability.

    • Butters619

      “but now it just looks like they’re trying to dip into the e-reader/kindle market.”

      I think that is exactly their intention.

    • Robert Jakiel

      This is a “N E X U S” tablet remember? Edit build.prop and set dpi to 160 and you have the tablet UI. It is ICS afterall.

    • ArrTooDeeToo

      So, it looks like the 10.1in tablet mode is still in the code. This is great news, and a sigh of relief.

      http://forum.xda-developers.com/showpost.php?p=27972829&postcount=26

      That means that the Nexus 7 can be easily hacked to show the tablet UI by changing the dpi. The more I think about it, the more it seems like a good play by Google. People who are in the market for a good e-reader to replace their Kindle will be cool with the way Jellybean is currently set up for 7in screens, but people who want a real tablet layout and aren’t afraid to do a little hacking can have a good little tablet (I personally think 7in is just too small. I might have bit if it was 8.2 or 10.1.)

      So, I recant my stance that the Nexus 7 is rubbish, however I still strongly believe it should have an SD slot.

  • http://twitter.com/mikehen08 Mike Henry

    I cannot choose between this or the refurb XOOM for $280 since it will be getting Jelly Bean…decisions, decisions

    • http://techonblogger.ward.pro/ TechRumblings

      I would say this thing. I really didn’t enjoy the Xoom at all. I’ve owned about 10 different tablets and it really was my 2nd least favorite.

    • http://twitter.com/jfbsays JFB

      Where is that for 280?

    • JoshGroff

      If you need the storage space,want a 10″ tablet, or want a rear facing camera, go with the Xoom, otherwise, the Nexus 7 tab is the better choice.

  • Ed G

    Buying one.

  • Phoenix

    is this WI-Fi only?

    • JoshGroff

      Yes.

  • Adam Wells

    Awesome. Ordered two.

  • file hoarder

    I would buy this tablet this minute if it had expandable memory option.
    Every thing about this tablet is great, the interface, O/S, IPS screen, graphics,
    except no expandable memory, and I, like many others, am an
    app/game/music/high res Video hoarder. “Ohhhh just use Google
    Drive”….well Wifi is not available everywhere and with no 3g/4g option
    (not saying that I want that at all, just stating), streaming
    Netflix/Pandora or cloud is not easily possible. If someone bought this for me I would use the crap out of it, but I
    cannot justify spending 250 dollars for only 16gb of storage when a 10″
    tablet may be 300-350 with 32gb built in with 64gb expandable. I guess
    the notion of portability comes with a price.

    • root4life

      They will never give you everything you want in one device

      • niuguy

        For 200 bucks at that.

    • Anthony Armando

      while i agree i would have really liked more space for apps/games, i disgree that streaming is not easily possible. if you picked up the shared family data plan you have free tether. if you have an unlimited plan get one of the free wifi tethering apps from the play store. you dont even need to root. i do it all the time… it takes seconds to set up.

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=10215724 Raj Bhatt

        Free tether + less data allowance. Only in Verizon’s warped view does that make sense.

        • Big_EZ

          It doesn’t make sense, it makes cents LOTS OF CENTS!

    • http://www.facebook.com/FLNiner FL Niner

      I’m curious if we can hook up an external hard drive to it to play movies. The only issue I will have with the storage is that I’d really like to use this to watch movies on a plane and I’m not paying the airlines for their crappy wifi

      • xsheadspace

        Good point. Being a Nexus device, maybe a dev will have the same idea early on. It would be nice to adapt it for the ability to plug a small card reader holding a sizable gb SD card card.

    • NorCalDroid

      This is Google way of getting you to use their cloud services. No music should be on that device in their mind. It should be on your Google Music Cloud account. No video should be on their. You should rent them from their Play Store. It sucks, but i see what they are trying to do.

    • j_man_88

      I agree 100%. I was looking forward to this device… but without an expansion port (sd or usb), I can’t bite. Not interested in the cloud… I like my stuff local. Bad move for both Google and Amazon (taking a play from the iFad playbook). I’m now leaning toward the galaxy tab 2 (249). Why buy this Google tablet with no SD slot, when you can get the galaxy tab 2 with an SD slot for the same price?

  • Matt

    Could someone PLEASE tell me what is up with the PHONE GUI layout on the Nexus 7 TABLET???

    • http://techonblogger.ward.pro/ TechRumblings

      Unified OS? The device is the same resolution as the phones now.

      • JoshGroff

        ^this

    • http://techonblogger.ward.pro/ TechRumblings

      And so it will run existing phone apps…

    • geedee82

      Been wondering the same thing, maybe thats just Jelly Been???

      • geedee82

        *Bean

        • AE35

          I like his way better even if it’s wrong. Where has my jelly been?

    • digitalicecream

      Just lay chameleon on top of it and you’re done. I don’t see an issue here, move along.

    • moelsen8

      phone UI’s are awesome on 7″ tablets. or at least i prefer it to the tablet UI. it’s much easier to use.

  • j__h

    I Pre-ordered the 16GB version just now. It looks great!

  • Droid Razr is great

    Very Interesting! Will I have to buy a verizon plan or will wifi / tether suffice. Last thing I need or want is another plan.

    • geedee82

      I doubt this is gonna be attached to carriers. I prefer wifi only anyways, already have unlimited data so I just tether from my Gnex.

  • fixxmyhead

    just bought one. but damn it i dont even know if it has an sd slot but not too worried i dont need much storage

    • Jerome Rhodes

      nope, no sd slot

  • raphael gray

    The taxes and shipping come out be $30 for me but at least they give $25 play credit to put the price back to $205 which isn’t bad

  • gokusimpson

    “The curve of the backside.” Yes.

  • http://twitter.com/josephgiusti Joseph Giusti

    Does it have an SD slot?

  • GetReal

    Just preordered the 16gb

  • No_Smoking

    nice!

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Long-Nguyen/1055433550 Long Nguyen

    Pre-order has been placed!

  • beng8686

    Junk! Sucks that’s our only stock option.

  • dan5691

    Ordered the 16GB version. I’m much do impulsive. But my Nook Color with CyanogenMod is really starting to show it’s age.

  • @ScottyfromGA

    yes….TAKE MY MONEY! please? (this tablet looks AWESOME!)

  • EvanTheGamer

    I have been waiting a very long time to finally get an Android tablet. I’m wait no longer. The Nexus 7(I THINK!) is the tablet I’ve been waiting for.

    However, wish there was a 32gb version. I’d be willing to spend $150 more for a 32gb version. I wonder though, is there removable storage? Can I upgrade that 16gb to 32gb or even, more than that?

    • JoshGroff

      No SD slot unfortunately.

      • EvanTheGamer

        Has this been confirmed? SH*T! SON OF A MONKEY!

  • http://www.facebook.com/dustin.church.5 Dustin Church

    Will this only be in the play store? Or will Best Buy have it does anyone know?

  • http://www.facebook.com/larry.wei Larry Wei

    Sorry if this has been answered but…

    Does it have expandable storage options?!

    • GS

      Engadget is reporting no sd slot.

  • guest

    google now has money.

  • GS

    No SD slot = no sale!!!!!

    • EvanTheGamer

      Shit…they already said this? No SD slot? NOOOOOOOOO!!

    • gfkks

      SD in the past. Cloud in future.

      • bvgillis

        Figure out how to store apps in the cloud and we are golden- until then….. we are still in the past.

  • RezCommando4231

    Yeah!

    Any confirm on the lack of sd slot?

    • JoshGroff

      Confirmed.

  • David Weil

    sd card slot?

  • masterxchief

    I don’t need it but I want it. Pre order complete

    • Liquidretro

      Kind of in the same boat, but after seeing this thing, and JB I am thinking the Touchpad with CM9 will be headed to ebay.

      • ArrowCool

        Just pre-ordered the 16GB. Looks like my Touchpad will be up on Ebay with yours.

    • Go Hawkeyes

      Same boat. I don’t need it, but I just ordered it. Now to figure out how to tell the wife about it. Well, first I guess I still need to figure out how to tell her I paid full retail for a Verizon GS3. I guess I’ll tell her about them both at the same time so she’s only pissed at me once. Good thing is I still have a few weeks to prepare!

      • Art Holguin

        i’m still trying to explain why I bought a gs3 on att to resell it…. and waiting for preordered gs3. and now this :x tuff times at home for sure :x

      • AE35

        Whipped! Check your balls at the door please.

        • niuguy

          Dude just bought a GS3 and the Nexus 7. Whipped? Hardly.

        • Go Hawkeyes

          I take it you aren’t married? Or if you are your relationship is purely superficial? You’re also probably really young too.

          • AE35

            Nope. Married 16 years. Would talk with my wife over a new car but not something trivial as a phone or $200 tablet. And she wouldn’t have to get my “permission” either.

            BTW, I call her MY wife. I do not objectify her and call her THE wife.

      • arthur2142

        I pre-ordered a Nexus 7 this morning…My plan is to tell her that it is for her….

        • Go Hawkeyes

          Maybe I should just order one for her too.

      • moelsen8

        same boat. order in, now to work towards telling the wifey. still pissed about the lack of microsd.

      • mustbepbs

        Must be nice to be able to dump a grand on electronics and still be able to come home.

        I’d be out on my ass six ways to Sunday.

        • http://www.facebook.com/objection89 Miguel Angel Portela

          It’s pretty awesome. :)

        • Go Hawkeyes

          I have an education and I work hard, therefore I earn a comfortable living and live within my means. That is all it takes to be able to drop a grand on electronics.

          • mustbepbs

            Yeah because having an education and being a hard worker is all it takes to make a comfortable living. Try telling that to the masses of educated, hardworking unemployed men and women of America.

          • Go Hawkeyes

            They obviously weren’t working hard enough if they were not seen as valuable enough to keep employed.

          • mustbepbs

            Wow. Really? Never heard of budget cuts and layoffs because companies are hurting from the bad economy? You really think the only reason people lose their jobs is from inability? You need to get out more.

          • gt

            Remember that when you get YOUR pink slip

      • NeveloII

        You paid full for a plastic samsung phone had the nexus lovely software awful hardware loving my razr rooted with ics

        • Mike

          I have a RAZR and a G-Nex (one for work one for home). I leave the RAZR at home and just forward everything to my nexus. The screen on the RAZR just kills me, and my nexus just looks a feels sexier.

      • michael arazan

        Just tell her you won a nexus tablet at droid-life!

      • MARPATdroid

        pretty sure my wife is building a guillotine in the basement incase I purchase anymore Android devices…. Ordered

    • http://twitter.com/strifejester Justin Ellenbecker

      Did they charge you now? Or are they charging at the time of shipping?

      • masterxchief

        They charge you when it ships.

        • http://twitter.com/strifejester Justin Ellenbecker

          See my other reply…

          • masterxchief

            When I was checking it out said that I won’t be charged until they ship the tablet. My credit card takes a while to show charges online though.

      • http://twitter.com/strifejester Justin Ellenbecker

        Found it on thother part of the shipping FAQ. Charged at shipping so I ordered one.

        • http://twitter.com/strifejester Justin Ellenbecker

          Well the pending charge is there so I guess there is no hiding this from the wife anymore.

  • John Mozelewski

    sorry kindle fire with cm9 you’ll be sold on ebay by end of july.

    • AE35

      Mine too but I will put the original OS on it.

  • Andrew Wegand

    CAN’T WAIT!!

  • Keii Graham

    I’d buy one if I didn’t already own two tablets.
    But I might be buying some of these for other people for Christmas.
    It’s a pretty good price for that hardware.

  • Mr Waldo

    I think this will be my birthday present

  • kervation

    I just need the link to go live!!

    • iamevie

      It’s now live!

      • kervation

        Thank you very much!!! Pre-order is complete!

  • http://twitter.com/Patfactorx David Pat

    they just won

    • kervation

      Yes. Yes they did.

  • arthur2142

    I think I will replace my wife’s old Nook Color with this…great device at an unbelievable price!