At the Google IO 2012 keynote event this morning, Google's director of product development Hugo Barra took the stage to introduce the long-rumored Google Nexus 7 tablet.
The tablet has be speculated on for some time, and details leaked earlier this morning regarding the tablet's specs and pricing.
Barra called the Nexus 7 "super-thin, light and portable" at 340 grams, with a 1280 x 800 HD display.
Google's Nexus 7 packs a Tegra 3 chip set with quad core CPU and a 12 core GPU, "which makes everything, including games, extremely fast and smooth," said Google Engineering Director Chris Yerga.
The Nexus 7 tablet also has a front-facing camera, Wii-Fi, Bluetooth and NFC connectivity, a gyroscope and accelerometer, and a battery that allows 9 hours of video playback or 300 hours standby time.
It seems Google's Nexus 7 Tablet is being designed around competing with Amazon's media-focused Kindle Fire and their upcoming Kindle Fire 2.
Both Barra and Yerga stressed that Google's Nexus 7 tablet has been designed around Google Play, showing off the e-reader functions and "premium magazine-reading experience".
"Nexus 7 is an ideal device for reading book," Yerga said.
The also showed off the Google Play movies and TV app, along with a new recommendations engine and even a "what's this song?" widget similar to the Shazam service that exists on various devices.
Yerga also showed off apps for Youtube and Maps, which have all been optimized for the Nexus 7 tablet, as well as two advanced-looking games, saying, "Who says mobile gaming has to be casual?"
All content, including books, movies, TV, maps and more, will be available for offline viewing with a few simple taps.
And the Google Nexus 7 tablet is priced at $199 to compete directly with Amazon's Kindle Fire, even if the Amazon device's rumored $150 price cut comes to pass.
The Nexus 7 will also come with a $25 credit for the Google Play store as well as free content like Transformers: Dark of the Moon and the Bourne Dominion book, as well as some magazines.
The Nexus 7 tablet will be available in July for $199.
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