Following on from a series of rumours over the past week, Google’s first Nexus tablet has shown up in a benchmarking test, appearing under the name of the Google Asus Nexus 7.
Just a few days ago, a source leaked that Google had 600,000 of its mystery tablet standing by, all ready for a launch in July. Another source added that the tablet would be given away to Google I/O attendees, and that it had been built by Asus and will be powered by a NVIDIA Tegra 3 processor.
Sure enough, the benchmarked tablet’s name and the specification back this up, with the Nexus 7 using a 1.3GHz Tegra 3 chip in the tests. The listing also reveals a 1280 x 720 pixel resolution on the 7-inch screen.
This resolution is inline with other 7-inch tablets, such as Samsung’s Galaxy Tab 7.7, which boasts 1280 x 800 resolution, and beats the older Galaxy Tab 7 Plus, which had a 1024 x 600 resolution, a figure shared by the BlackBerry PlayBook.
Interestingly, its operating system is given as Android 4.1, not the Android 5.0 expected for Jelly Bean. Whether this will be changed when it comes to release is unknown, but if it is a point-release, the differences between it and Ice Cream Sandwich may be minimal.
After a little digging, androidpolice.com found the build number used for the Nexus 7′s version of Android, matched with others they’d seen used for Android Jelly Bean.
Although still a rumour, a 7-inch Google tablet is becoming more real by the day, which leads us here in the UK to question whether it will get an international launch when the time comes. An initial run of 600,000 sounds like a lot, but if the price is $199 in the US, it will be snapped up very quickly.
Here’s hoping we’ll get the chance to enjoy whatever Google reveals during its conference at the end of June.