Six months after its release, the Nexus 7 from Google is finally getting an official docking station made by Asus, which is the manufacturer behind the hardware of the popular 7-inch slate. Unveiled at CES, the dock will soon be available for purchase.
The dock will cost $40 in the U.S. and will begin shipping in roughly two weeks, with the accessory already appearing on the website of the electronic retailer B&H with a release date of Jan. 16. Sporting a sleek black design with the words “nexus” engraved on the front and “ASUS” on the back, the docking station features a mini USB port and a 3.5mm audio jack.
While the extra doesn’t offer much else in terms of add-ons, it does charge the Nexus 7 while docked and will not compromise the tablet’s on-board speaker’s sound, according to Asus; though users will be able to hook the slate up to their sound system when docked also.
There have been plenty of rumors in the past of Asus releasing a dock for Google’s tablet, though neither company acknowledged the existence of such a product until now. Yet, with many of the other Nexus 7 accessories hitting the market months ago, it’s odd that Asus didn’t release the dock earlier.