Google Nexus 7 is the latest Google’s device and first tablet that feature Android version 4.1 Jelly Bean, the latest version of the world’s most popular mobile platform. With smarter notifications, beautiful new widgets and home screen customization that’s as easy to drag-and-drop. Nexus 7 also comes with Google Chrome search engine that will make browsing from the tablet more faster.
The tablet combines both Google and ASUS design with advanced software from Google paired with high-end ASUS hardware. All Google apps are pre-loaded here like Gmail, Chrome, Google+ and YouTube, easy to use and everything automatically sync across your tablet, phone and computer.
Nexus 7 created for portable gamers who are asking for hardcore games that’s why it is also packed with NVIDIA Tegra 3 quad-core processor for fast internet browsing, fast page loading, multi-tasking and smooth and responsive gameplay. A 12-core GeForce GPU delivers advanced graphics while the patented 4-PLUS-1 CPU design gives maximum performance when its needed and power efficiency when battery conservation is the priority.
Google set a $199 price for Nexus 7 which is worth considering as it set a new standard of pricing of high-end device. Its a good news that it is already available in Philippine market but the cheapest Nexus 7 I found online cost Php12,500. According to Google, every purchase of Nexus 7 are entitled to a $25 Play Store credit as a reward as well as two books and Transformers: Dark Side of the Moon for free.
Sony is preparing to reveal their new exciting devices by the end of August but one of their device has been leaking online. Picture shows that next Sony tablet that looks thinner and lighter than Tablet S and according to news, it will carry the Xperia branding. The Xperia tablet is powered by Nvidia Tegra 3 quad-core processor, running an Android version 4.0, available in 16BG, 32GB and 64GB storage options and 3G connectivity.
Sony’s design for the Xperia tablet is still like a folded magazine that look so great, it was said to be splashproof and packed with 6,000 mAh battery that will manage 10hrs or more of Wi-Fi web browsing. There will be a light-weight keyboard serves as a cover too similar to MS Surface tablet. The screen is 9.4-inch wide and set to follow the Tablet S with a resolution of 1280 x 800.
The $449.99 starting price is tentative but the leaked prices of device and some accessories seems to be final. Best way to find out is to wait for the European Trade Show this August but leak also said that Xperia tablet will be available for sale sometime in September.
Tablet PC competition is no longer between Apple and Android because Microsoft finally revealed “Surface“, on June 19, 2012.
Surface is a tablet type mobile device powered by Microsoft’s next-generation operating system. It is made up of magnesium alloy chassis that makes it thin and light measuring 9.3mm with full sized USB port and micro HDMI port. The keyboard attached to it is like an Apple’s Smart Cover but making the cover as a keyboard using a magnetic connector is really a good idea. After checking all features and looking to its appearance, I was thinking of getting Surface rather than buying a laptop.
There are two versions of Surface, Windows RT version and Windows 8 Pro version, both has same appearance. The Windows RT is light version of Windows 8 that will work in ARM based CPU but it doesn’t have the full version of Windows 8 Pro version which is equipped with Intel core-i5 (Ivy-bridge) but both tablets can download Microsoft office from Windows App Store with no charge.
Surface (Windows RT)
Processor: NVIDIA Tegra-based ARM chip
Weight: 676 grams
Thickness: 9.3 millimeters
Display: 10.6-inch ClearType HD capacitive touchpanel
I/O: microSD, USB 2.0, Micro HD Video, 2×2 MIMO antennae
Software: Windows RT + Office Home & Student 2013 RT
Accessories: Touch Cover, Type Cover, VaporMg Case & Stand
Capacity: 32GB / 64GB
Availability: “Around” the Windows 8 launch (fall 2012)
Pricing: To be determined
Surface (Windows 8 Pro)
Processor: Intel Core i5 (Ivy Bridge)
Weight: 903 grams
Thickness: 13.5 millimeters
Display: 10.6-inch ClearType Full HD (1080p) capacitive touchpanel
I/O: microSDXC, USB 3.0, Mini DisplayPort, 2×2 MIMO antennae
Software: Windows 8 Pro
Accessories: Touch Cover, Type Cover, VaporMg Case & Stand, Pen with Palm Block
Capacity: 64GB / 128GB
Availability: “Three months after” the Windows 8 launch this fall
Pricing: To be determined