At Google I/O, Google confirmed its rumored partnership with Asus and introduced the world to the Asus Nexus 7. The company is hoping to compete directly with Amazon's 7-inch Kindle Fire, which currently retails for $199 in the United States, so it made sense when Google announced a $199 price tag of its own for the 8GB Asus Nexus 7. But what about the UK? As we all know, the Kindle Fire still isn't available in Britain. So how much is Google going to charge on that side of the pond?
As is almost always the case, folks in the United Kingdom are going to be paying a bit more than their American cousins. Though the Nexus 7's U.S. price translates to roughly £128, the 8GB model will sell for £159 in the UK. Oddly enough, this is almost equal to the $249 U.S. consumers will be paying for the 16GB model. The 16GB model will set UK shoppers back £199, or just under $310. If these prices don't scare you away, you can pick one up in mid-July.
As far as hardware is concerned, previously rumored specs were bang on the mark for the Nexus 7. The device boasts a 7-inch, 1280 x 800 HD display, and is packing Nvidia's quad-core Tegra 3 processor under the hood alongside a 12-core GPU and 1GB RAM. The tablet also has 802.11a/b/g/n Wi-Fi (there's not 3G or 4G connectivity here), as well as NFC, GPS, a gyroscope, an accelerometer, a mic, and a 1.2-megapixel camera on the front of the tablet. Google is claiming eight hours of HD video playback, 10 hours of web browsing or 10 hours of e-reading on a single charge.