With just days to go until the start of Google I/O, an almost complete feature list for a Nexus-branded tablet has been leaked, backing up the long-running rumours that Google will be launching such as device at its annual developer conference.
This year has seen a considerable increase in the amount of leaks regarding a low-cost, Android tablet from Google, including news that such a product would be sold through an overhauled Nexus online store.
A leaked internal training document has now been published by Gizmodo Australia, which purports to provide a complete rundown of the tablet’s features, and also provides its name: Nexus 7.
Equipped with a 1280 x 800 pixel resolution, 7-inch screen and a NVIDIA Tegra 3 processor with a clock speed of 1.3GHz, the Nexus 7 will run the next version of Google Android, codenamed Jelly Bean. Whether this will be Android 4.1 or Android 5.0 is still unknown, but opinion seems to favour Android 4.1 at the moment.
A GeForce 12-core graphics chip, 1GB of RAM and NFC are also listed on the spec sheet, along with a battery standby time of 9 hours. To keep the final cost as low as possible, the Nexus 7 will only have a 1.2 megapixel forward facing camera for video calls.
There will be an 8GB and 16GB version, priced at either $199 or $249, which converts over to £127 and £160. A UK price of £149 and £199 therefore seems most likely, provided, of course, that it’s released over here.
A picture of the tablet also accompanies the feature list, showing a black slate with the word “Nexus” stamped on a textured rear panel.
So, is it real? Will Google release its first Nexus tablet this week? Google I/O begins on Wednesday, so we’ve not got long until we find out.