Revealed: Nexus 7 tablet specs, reviews, release date: Pre-order now!

After the Nexus 7 tablet reveal come the specs, the reviews, and the release date. If you're yelling SUATMM, you can pre-order it now. Google (NASDAQ:GOOG) is proud to show off its 7-inch baby, running Android 4.1 'Jelly Bean'. In IT Blogwatch, bloggers gorge themselves on the new shiny Asus.

Google/Asus Nexus 7

By Richi Jennings: Your humble blogwatcher curated these bloggy bits for your entertainment. Not to mention: Aaron Sorkin's blatantly recycled dialog...

Matt Hamblen has the key facts:

Built with Asus, the tablet can be ordered [now], and will ship...in mid-July. ... The Nexus 7 screen features 1280-x-800-pixel resolution.

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Android 4.1, includ[es]...an on-device speech recognition engine that eliminates the need [for] a wireless connection. ... Android 4...Jelly Bean features a smoother and more responsive user interface.      
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JR Raphael got his grubby mitts on it:

Google showed off a new 7-inch Nexus tablet...along with a brand new version of Android. ... Here are my first impressions:

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$200. When you...compare [it] to other devices in the same price range...everything else basically looks like ****. ... [It has an] IPS display [a] high-quality build...an Nvidia quad-core Tegra 3 processor along with 1GB of RAM...eight hours of active battery use. And...can run any Android app -- no locked-down limited-use nonsense.

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Nexus 7's form isn't exactly sleek or sexy...it just doesn't feel like a...premium kind of product. But appearances can be deceiving...this tablet has top-of-the-line performance.      
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And Google's Angana Ghosh talks about the new OS:

Ina Fried has background on the development:

Google gave [Asus] only four months to build [it]. ... “I don’t think there would have been any other partner that could move that fast.,” [said Andy] Rubin.

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Despite its bargain-basement price...the device packs a high-end laminated display, quad-core chip and other high-end features. ... Google is selling the device...essentially at cost, and also absorbing the marketing costs.      
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Meanwhile, Brian Klug digs inside:

Pricing for the Nexus 7 is $199 for the 8 GB...$249 for the 16 GB model. ... When you look at the...specs, it seems puzzling that ASUS was able to get the price down [so low. There's] no rear facing camera...[but] you end up getting a device which is actually very impressive. ... I would not have guessed [it's] a $199 device based on how it feels. There's no flex or creaking at all.

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[W]hat's inside [is] a Tegra T30L SoC...a lower leakage / lower binning T30...[with] 1.15 GHz for all four cores...or 1.3 GHz on a single core. ... WiFi and Bluetooth is courtesy the ever-ubiquitous BCM4330. ... The front facing camera is a Aptina MI 1040 1.3MP CMOS with 3.6µm pixels and 1/3" optical format.

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[The] panel is an LED backlit IPS panel with 10 point multitouch. ... If you do the math...that's a pretty high PPI [216]...it looks great - I can't see pixels unless I look very closely. ... [V]iewing angles...are superb...[and it's] very contrasty.

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Sure, it'd be useful to have a full size USB host port, microSD slot...5 GHz WiFi...or cellular, but the tablet wouldn't be $199 anymore. I also really feel like the 7 inch diagonal form factor is an ideal one.      
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And Finally...

A tribute to Aaron Sorkin's blatantly recycled dialog

[hat tip: Jeffrey L. Seglin]

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