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Google Nexus 7 Tablet Aims For Amazon, Not Apple

Google's new Nexus 7 tablet, announced at Google I/O, doesn't try to be an iPad killer. Instead, it aims to supplant Amazon's Kindle as a media consumption device.

Google Wednesday announced the Nexus 7, a new Android 4.1 Jelly Bean tablet that doesn't strive to be the best tablet in the market. Rather than target market champ Apple and its iPad, the low price and content store tie-ins make the Nexus 7 a Kindle killer. The specs of the device were more or less leaked in their entirety ahead of its debut at Google I/O in San Francisco on Wednesday. It has a 7-inch display with 1280 x 800 resolution, making it an ideal HD video player. It is powered by a quad-core Tegra 3 processor. But Google surprised attendees of during the introduction by revealing that it also has 12 graphic processing cores. This makes the Nexus 7, in effect, a 16-core device, which Google says makes it a killer gaming machine. It has Wi-Fi, but no 3G; it has a user-facing, 1.3-megapixel camera, but no heavy duty shooter for actual photography; it has 8 GB or 16 GB of storage, but that can't be expanded with microSD cards. It includes HDMI out for passing video to a t... Read full story on InformationWeek

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