Google Nexus 7 official, made by Asus: 7-inch screen, NVIDIA Tegra 3, priced at $199

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It’s finally official! The Google Nexus 7 has been announced at Google I/O today. The Nexus 7 is a 7-inch tablet has a Tegra 3 chipset with a quadcore CPU, 12 core GPU, and has a native display of 1280×800. Google has pegged the battery life of the Nexus 7 at 9 hours of HD video playback, and boasts 300 hours of standby time. It only weighs at 340 grams, so it means that it’s not going to be a problem when it comes to carrying it. Asus has been pegged by the search company to make the Nexus 7, and Asus head honcho Jonney Shih was present during the event today. It will be powered by the recently announced Android Jellybean (Android 4.1).

The tablet is tied in closely with Google Play, and leverages on the new improvements on Google Play, which includes the ability to buy and rent TV shows, as well as premium magazine titles. The Nexus 7 also has a powerful recommendation app that allows you to discover titles and content that you’re interested in. The app is promised to work better through time, as it learns what you like and what you don’t over time.

Google also demoed the gaming chops of the Nexus 7, running games like Horn and Dead Trigger which looked fantastic, with plenty of visual effects all around.

Of course, the question now is how much will this cost? The price of the device has been made official at $199 which is roughly 8756 pesos, with a $25 credit for Google Play purchases and other content like the movie Transformers: Dark of the Moon, the book Bourne Dominion, and different magazine titles being thrown in for buyers. The Google Nexus 7 will be available in the US, Canada, Australia, with orders shipping out in mid July. Other countries will follow.