Hands-on with the new tablet in town! Google launched the first Nexus-branded tablet at I/O today, the Asus-made Nexus 7. As reported earlier, Nexus 7 sports a 7-inch display, Tegra 3 quad-core CPU, and your choice of 8 or 16GB of storage. With its $199 starting price and deep integration with Google’s freshly expanded Play store, Nexus 7 has its targets set squarely on Amazon’s Kindle Fire, amongst others.
I got a little hands-on time with the Nexus 7 and came away impressed. The build is light but solid, the 1200 x 800 display is crisp and responsive, and performance was smooth. During this morning’s keynote, Google talked about “Project Butter” – their efforts to make Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean) an overall smoother experience as compared to 4.0 and earlier versions of the OS. While I couldn’t actually verify claims of 60 frames per second refresh across the new UI, I can tell you that swiping and scrolling, pinching and zooming, and tapping and resizing all looked and felt great in my brief time with the Seven.
We’re supposed to get a Nexus 7 of our own later on today, so look for much more on Google’s first house brand tablet in the coming days. Meantime, enjoy the quick hands-on video above.
Update: Be sure to check out our full Google Nexus 7 review!