Nexus 7 Malaysian Launch Liveblog

 
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ASUS Malaysia is hosting a media event today to launch the Nexus 7 here in Malaysia. Want in on the scoop live? Our new website, CrackTech.net ,will be liveblogging it, so tune in on time! The event starts at Friday , 21 September 3PM ( GMT + 8 Malaysian Time ). Also, please comment on what questions you may have for ASUS , and we’ll ask them for you . Please visit the new site here http://cracktech.net/2012/09/21/nexus-7-malaysian-launch-liveblog/ where the liveblog is happening.

 

ASUS Teases Nexus 7 Launch in Malaysia, event on September 21

 

 

Tons of Malaysians have been anxiously waiting for the much hyped Jelly Bean tablet, the ASUS and Google Nexus 7 . We ourselves coudn’t stand the wait and imported a unit from the US. ASUS have sent us a media invite to attend the launch event of the Nexus 7 , happening on the September 21st , 3PM. The event will be liveblogged on the new CrackTech website here, so please remember to tune in to the new website. So, mark those calendars folks. Of course, CrackTech will be there liveblogging the event live, and livetweeting it so be sure to tune in on time! Our very own Chief Editor Vishnuu Panickar and Co-Chief Editor Kumaran Ganesh will on liveblog duty. Just a recap of the specs, the Nexus 7 runs on an NVIDIA Tegra 3 CPU with 1GB of RAM and a 7 – inch IPS HD display – hence the name. We expect the tablet to do exceptionally well here, penetrating the below RM1000 price of a tablet, especially with no Kindle to compete with here.

Remember guys, the event will be live on the new website here.

 

Nexus 7 Tablet : Specs, Price and Availability in Malaysia

Google’s day one conference at I/O was arguably the best conference from the search giant. There were a ton of announcements, all giving glimpses of Android’s future and where it’s headed to. Android 4.1 , the Nexus 7 and Q , and Project Glass were highlights of the show. But what stole the show was definitely the Nexus 7. The fruit of Google’s partnership with Taiwanese manufacturer Asus was unveiled, an certainly whetted many appetites. Google was in the tablet market, and with the best slate for the job. A sub-$200 pricing and flagship specs make this purchase a no brainer. You woudn’t even consider Amazon’s Kindle Fire, with the Nexus beating the Fire in every way possible , except one – content. So what exactly is so great about the Nexus 7? When is it going to be available in Malaysia ,and for how much? Read on to find out.

Specifications and Hardware

As you can see from the pic above, the Nexus 7 has some very eye catching features, some only available to flagship tablets like the Transformer Prime, which also costs RM1000 more. It’s a miracle how Google and Asus managed to keep costs down in spite of the specs. The Nexus 7 is a buttonless tablet has a 7″ 1280 x 800 HD display , that’s strengthened by Gorilla Glass. It runs on a quad – core Tegra 3 CPU , clocked at 1.2Ghz but it can upscale to 1.3Ghz anytime paired with its 12 – core GPU which proved to boost this tablet’s gaming performance dramatically in the demo. There’s no back- facing camera, but there’s a front facing 1.2 MP one. The Nexus also comes with the standard slew of sensors and of course NFC. The highlight of this tablet that sets it apart from every Android device available, is that it comes with Android’s latest version, Jelly Bean. Jelly Bean brings a lot of new and much wanted features to the table. Among the new features is a new search , Google Now, new Maps features , auto resizing widgets and finally , Android is going to be silky smooth with the introduction of Project Butter. The tablet is also being branded a Google Play tablet, with all Play’s services integrated very well with the OS. Magazines, Books, Games, Apps, Music and Chrome are all readily accessible and offer robust features.

Pricing and Availabilty

After looking at the specs, you’d sure to be looking at a RM1500 – 1800 ( $400-500) pricing for the slate. Well, you were wrong. Google has set the price of the tablet at $199 ( RM 600 ) for the 8GB version and $249 ( RM 780 ) for the 16GB version. That’s incredibly cheap and more than half the price of the cheapest iPad 3 model available. Which also brings us to the availability of the tablet itself. Google is already taking pre-orders for the tablet in its own Google Play Store, and is expected to ship the Nexus sometime mid – July. It’s unfortunate that the Play Store isn’t available in Malaysia currently. However , Google have assured us that the Nexus would be sold in other stores around the world, with Google absorbing marketing costs. When that will reach Malaysia, we don’t know . But ASUS is an Asian company, and they have been quick with Transformer launches here. We have reason to believe that ASUS will push the Nexus sales in Malaysia, and expect it to arrive here around August – September. We have reached out to ASUS on the matter of availability and will let you know when we have confirmation.

Stay tuned to CrackTech for all the latest info.

Google Nexus 7 vs. Asus Transformer Pad Infinity: Tegra 3 vs. Tegra 3

Google Nexus 7 vs. Asus Transformer Infinity - Comparison

 

Asus’s Transformer Pad Infinity is the best Android tablet on the market. Unfortunately, its reign may be short lived, as Google’s Nexus 7 is hitting consumer hands in mid-July. (Ironically, Asus is responsible for manufacturing both.) There are obvious discrepancies in size, and the Nexus 7 doesn’t transform into a faux laptop via a keyboard dock. But folks will likely pay no mind to that, as the Nexus 7 is just $199 for the 8GB model. Basically, it’s like the blueprints from every great Android tablet was implemented into one 7-inch super device. So which one should you choose?

Nexus 7
Processor Quad-Core Tegra 3 NVIDIA Tegra 3 Quad-core T33 1.6GHz
RAM 1GB 1GB
Display Type 7-inch HD 10.1-inch Super IPS+ display with 600 nits brightness
Display Specs 1280 x 800 (216 ppi) 1920 × 1200
Operating System Android 4.1 Android 4.0
Storage 8GB or 16GB 32GB or 64GB
Rear Camera No 8-megapixel Auto-focus w/LED Flash, F/2.2 Aperture, 1080p video recording
Front Camera 1.2-megapixel 2-megapixel
Battery 4325 mAh (Up to 8 hours of active use) Pad only: 25Wh – 9.5 hours
Pad + Dock: 25Wh+ 19.5Wh – 14 hours
Cellular (on select models) NA NA
Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n 802.11 b/g/n
Bluetooth Yes Bluetooth 3.0
Ports Micro USB, 3.5mm headphone jack 2-in-1 Audio Jack (Head Phone / Mic-in) /
1 × Micro-D HDMI 1.4a port / 1 × microSD Card Slot /
Connectivity 40-pin connector
Height 7.81 inches (198.5 mm) 10.3 inches (263 mm)
Width 4.72 inches (120 mm) 7.11 inches (180.8 mm)
Depth 0.41 inch (10.45 mm) 0.33 inch (8.5 mm)
Weight 0.74 pounds (340 grams) 1.31 pounds (598g)
Colors Black Amethyst Gray, Champagne Gold

Google I/O 2012 : What to expect?

This year’s already been filled with exciting announcements and much awaited events. Apple’s WWDC conference just ended, arguably the biggest event of the year, and the most anticipated so far. Google ‘s I/O conference is Google’s version of it , and has certainly been gaining traction over the years. This year is gearing up to be the most exciting I/O conference yet, with tons of rumours pouring in from as early as March. The conference kick – starts at June 28 , 12.30 AM Malaysian Time ( GMT + 8) . That’s June 27 , 5.30PM for all you UK readers. So , what should you be expecting from the conference? Read on to see our breakdown of the rumours .

Google and Asus Nexus 7 Tablet

Ah, the Nexus 7. People started speculating about from the days of the Motorola Xoom and original iPad announcement. At the time, Android was never tablet ready, and its app offering wasn’t either. Meanwhile, the iPad stole the show for 3 years with its polished iOS and 100,000 exclusive apps. Of course, Google hasn’t been keeping quiet. Honeycomb launched specifically for tablets, and Ice Cream Sandwich followed last year , bridging the gap between smartphone and tablet . Finally, Android tablets actually made people consider them , with their budget pricing and big spec sheets.

This year, Google is about to bring its renowned Nexus branding to a tablet, and that tablet is going to be manufactured by Asus. It only seems fit, as Asus has been doing a spectacular job with its Transformer series, especially the Prime. Great specs and build quality paired with excellent battery life and docking functionality, all it needed was a lower price. Google might actually pull it off. With the Nexus 7 certainly running a vanilla version of Android , most probably a new version , Android 4.1 Jelly Bean , which also might make a cameo today. The Nexus 7 also pleases in the specs front, with a Tegra 3 CPU reportedly keeping this thing going, paired with a front facing camera and 1GB RAM, as well as a 7 – inch 1280 x 720 display.  There’s no mention of a rear-facing camera, which would make sense considering its RIDICULOUSLY CHEAP purported pricing of $199 for the 8GB version and $299 for the 16GB version. Most people dont actually use the rear – camera on their tablets anyway. The front camera is of course usefull for Skype and Face Unlock.

Android 4.1 Jelly Bean

Jelly Bean is Google’s latest offering of its open source Android OS, and is set to be an incremental update,like Gingerbread over Froyo,  rather than a large overhaul like Ice Cream Sandwich was over Gingerbread. Not much is actually known about what new features Google might bring to the table. The only thing actually confirmed is the name and its unveiling today, as Google have already erected its trademark statue of Jelly Beans outside its HQ. Google has done this for every new iteration of the OS, from the early days of Cupcake to the Jelly Bean of today. The screenshots above were released by Google to show off its Google I/O app. Sharped eyed readers of course picked out the differnce between the search bar above and the search bar in existing ICS builds. Could this be a cameo of Jelly Bean from Google themselves? Cheeky aren’t they.

Once again , everything will be revealed in their conference , kicking off today. Stay tuned for all the updates at CrackTech.

 

[Leaked] Nexus 7 to launch with Jelly Bean, Tegra 3, retail for $199 or $299

Today Gizmodo Australia has viewed a training document detailing exactly what’s going to be in the new tablet and how much it’s going to cost.

As rumoured, Google’s going to announce a 7-inch, Nexus-branded tablet called the Nexus 7. According to the leak, it’s built by Asus, with a 1.3Ghz quad-core Tegra 3 processor, GeForce 12-core GPU and 1GB of RAM with two different storage variants: 8GB and 16GB.

The Nexus tablet will also feature NFC and run Google Wallet (probably only in the US) and Android Beam.

The screen is an IPS display with a 178-degree viewing angle, running a resolution of 1280 by 800. The device will also sport a 1.2 megapixel front-facing camera. The battery will also give you 9 hours worth of operation.

The 8GB model will set you back $US199 and the 16GB will cost $US249. No word in the document on local prices.

The leaked document also says that the device will be the first to run Jelly Bean, the new version of Android. Details are scarce on Jelly Bean, but the slides tell us that Google will handle operating system updates from now on, which could address the fragmentation problem. We aren’t sure if this statement means that Google will handle all handset updates from Jelly Bean onwards, or if it just means it will handle it for the Nexus 7 going forward. Based on the various arrangements with other manufacturers and telcos around the world, it’s likely to be the latter. We’ll know more come Google I/O.

Update: The document says that the Nexus 7 will run Android Jelly Bean, but makes no mention of the version number. We understand that the device will be version stamped with Android 4.1, rather than leaping ahead a generation and stamping it as 5.0. Wired had suggested after spotting a leaked benchmark that this would be the case.

Rumours about Google working on a Nexus-branded tablet with Asus have been swirling for a while. Even as far back as May, a report emerged of a super cheap Tegra 3-powered device was coming at the Google I/O developer event, which is now only days away.

The first clue was when Asus demonstrated the awesome cheap and wonderfully cheerful Eee Pad MeMO 370T at this year’s Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, before delaying the unit indefinitely.

Since then, rumours about a home-grown tablet from Google have been few and far between, but this is the first time we’ve seen anything official regarding specs.

Apple has already played its announcement cards around iOS 6, Microsoft has announced Surface and Windows Phone 8, and Google risks being left behind without its own bespoke tablet product. June is one hell of a month to be following what’s new in tech.

Priced at sub-$US200, the Google’s Nexus 7 will become Amazon’s biggest problem post-launch, threatening the market share of the hugely successful Kindle Fire. The Fire runs a highly modified version of the Android operating system and prevents users from wandering outside the customised Amazon environment. The Nexus brand, however, has always been associated with the purest form of the Android operating system Google has to offer, meaning that it’s likely going to be a better experience. Google is also banking on the fact that the screen is better than the Fire’s, with a higher resolution and 10-point touch capability.

Of course, this could all prove to be an elaborate fake. We’ve seen them before and we’ll see them as long as there’s a rabid tech-loving public that will queue up around the block for value this good.

We’ll bring you the news as we hear it about this tablet, and if it really is the Nexus 7, I’m looking forward to this year’s Google I/O. Follow us for all the latest info.

[Gizmodo ]

Google Tablet Confirmed by Asus Representative

Will the Google tablet look like this Asus-branded slate?

Google’s long-rumored tablet, developed with help from Asus, is launching soon, according to a new report.

Android Authority is reporting today that it recently sat down with an “Asus representative” at Computex, who said that the co-branded Google tablet does, in fact, exist. What’s more, the representative said that the Google tablet will launch at the end of June, seeming to indicate that the search giant’s I/O conference could be home to the unveiling.

Rumors have been swirling for months that Google is looking to launch its own tablet at some point this summer. Some reports have suggested that the device would launch in June, while others claim July. The tablet is expected to come with a 7-inch screen, and according to a recently leaked benchmark, a 1.3GHz Nvidia Tegra 3 quad-core processor. Nvidia’s ULP GeForce GPU is also expected to come bundled in the device.

According to Android Authority, the representative wouldn’t divulge the Google tablet’s pricing or availability. However, the person did offer up some details on other Asus products launching soon, including the Padfone, which the representative says, will eventually come to the U.S. once carriers warm to it. The Asus Transformer Prime Infinity will launch at the end of the month in both Wi-Fi-only and LTE versions.

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