Just hours before Google I/O 2012, where the search giant is expected to announce the Nexus 7 tablet, an ASUS executive has come forward to confirm that Google will indeed announce the Android device today.
Reuters is reporting that the Google Nexus 7 will be announced today at the company’s I/O Conference and will be priced to compete with the Kindle Fire, which currently stands at $199.
“Google’s targeting Amazon. The Kindle is based on Google’s platform but with its own service, so Google has to launch its own service, too,” said the ASUS executive.
If the rumors hold true, then the Nexus 7 will be an ASUS-based device that will feature a 1.3GHz quad-core Tegra 3 processor, GeForce 12-core CPU, and 1GB of RAM. It will also come with two storage options: 8GB or 16GB. The tablet will also sport a 7-inch IPS display with a 178-degree viewing angle and a resolution of 1280 x 800.
The leak also suggests that the Google tablet will be the first device to run Android’s newest operating system, Jelly Bean (4.1).
Other features for the tablet include NFC, Google Wallet, Android Beam, a 1.2MP front-facing camera, and a battery that promises up to 9 hours of usage.