The first own-brand tablet to be produced by Google – the Nexus 7 – will be manufactured by the Taiwanese company Asus. The device, which is expected to hit stores from mid-July, carries a retail price of £127, putting it in direct competition with Amazon’s Kindle Fire.
It is perhaps curious that Google chose to go with Asus as opposed to utilising its own hardware unit, Motorola Mobility, which it recently acquired (see Simply-docs blog entry for 22nd May 2012). But the decision will not affect the specs: a 7 inch screen, quad-core CPU (central processing unit), 12-core GPU (graphics processing unit) and, unsurprisingly, Google’s Chrome browser installed as default.
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