The Google Nexus 7 tablet seems destined to take a good portion of the 7-inch tablet market with its high-end specs and low-end price of $199. C/Net, Engadget, and PC World and AnandTech have reviews.
When you look at the above specs, it seems puzzling that ASUS was able to get the price down to $199 so effectively. Getting to that lower price point is easier with a few things – physically smaller device and display, exclusion of full size USB or other ports (there’s only microUSB), no rear facing camera, and good commodity component sourcing.
The added plus is that if you run 1280 x 800 at a smaller size, out comes a pretty high DPI panel at the same time. Other than that though, you end up getting a device which is actually very impressive otherwise, with a quad core SoC and attractive form factor.
Building the Nexus 7 tablet was no easy task, reports Ina Fried in the Wall Street Journal. Google gave the company only four months to build the product. Then there was the task of building a high-end tablet that could sell for just $200.
“I don’t think there would have been any other partner that could move that fast,” Rubin told AllThingsD. “We went from zero to working product in four months.”
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