It seems that previous rumors surrounding Google’s own Nexus branded tablets may have been true, or at least they had some weight behind them as Gizmodo Australia leaked details about the tablet earlier today.
Dubbed the ‘Nexus 7′, this 7-inch tablet is being made by ASUS. In the past Google has always used OEM partners to create their own Nexus branded smartphones, the Nexus One was made by HTC, while the Galaxy Nexus is currently being made by Samsung.
The Nexus 7 will be powered by a 1.3GHz quad-core Tegra 3 CPU, and a 12-core GeForce GPU, with 1GB RAM available in capacities of 8GB and 16GB. The 7-inch IPS panel has a resolution of 1280×800 supporting 10-point touch capability as well as a front facing 1.2MP camera. The Nexus 7 will be the first tablet to come out with the Android Jelly Bean (v4.1) as opposed to the current Ice Cream Sandwich (v4.0.4).
While availability is as yet unknown, the likely release will be within Q3 of this year. The 8GB Nexus 7 is supposed to be sold for $199 and 16GB version will be out for $249.