Google reveals own-brand tablet made by Asus

27th June 2012

Google has unveiled the Nexus 7 – its first own-brand Android tablet.

The device is made by the Taiwanese company Asus rather than the firm’s own Motorola hardware unit.

It will be sold for $199 (£127) from mid-July pitching it directly against Amazon’s Kindle Fire. It is set to be released in mid-July.

The 7-inch device has a smaller screen than Apple’s bestselling iPad and is 340g meaning it is also lighter to hold.

It also features Google’s Chrome browser at its default option – the first Android device to do so.

The machine features a quad-core CPU (central processing unit) and a 12-core GPU (graphics processing unit).

Having so many cores means the machine can ramp up its processing power when dealing with complicated graphics or running several programs at once, but can use less at other times to extend battery life.

The first countries to get the device are the US, UK, Canada and Australia.