Google Nexus 7 tablet shows up on benchmark site

The name disclosed on the Rightware site, "Google Asus Nexus 7," suggests this will be a 7-inch tablet manufactured by Asus for Google.

Google's long-awaited Nexus tablet has popped up on benchmarking site Rightware. According to the specs, the tablet, dubbed the Nexus 7, will use a quad-core NVidia Tegra 3 processor, and come with the Android 4.1 ("Jelly Bean") operating system.

Google CEO Eric Schmidt promised a Google tablet would be coming within six months last December. If Google is to meet that six-month timeframe, Google likely will officially introduce its first Android tablet in June.

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Rightware's PowerBoard benchmarking tool gives us some hints on what to expect. First, there's the name: "Google Asus Nexus 7," suggesting this will be a 7-inch tablet manufactured by Asus. Details on the device show the display to have a 1280-pixel-by-768-pixel resolution. Inside, the slate tablet sports a quad-core NVidia Tegra 3 processor (which actually has a hidden fifth core) clocked at 1.3GHz along with an NVidia ULP GeForce graphics processing unit.

As for software, the Nexus 7 shown on the PowerBoard site is running Google's latest Android tablet OS, Android 4.1 JRN51B or "Jelly Bean," as Android Police discovered with a little digging.

NVidia and Asus showed off a $199 7-inch tablet at CES 2012. That reference model had a 1.2GHz quad-core Tegra 3 processor (part of NVidia's new inexpensive tablet platform, Kai), a WXGA (1280-pixel- by-800-pixel resolution) display, 1GB of memory, and 16GB of storage. The Nexus 7 tablet could very well be based on that reference tablet and also be priced at $199--making Google's tablet extremely competitive with both Amazon's Kindle Fire, $199, and Apple's iPad (the lowest-priced iPad costs $399.)

Five Nexus devices, including both smartphones and tablets, are expected this fall, but look out for the flagship Google Nexus tablet any day now.

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