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Google Tablet Could be Kindle Killer

June 27, 2012

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--Google today unveiled a new $199 tablet that could be the death knell for the budget-friendly Kindle Fire and mount a serious challenge to the iPad.

The upcoming Nexus 7 tablet will run the latest version of Android and start shipping mid-July. It is available for pre-order today from Google Play and the Mountain View search giant says it will include the following features:

--7-inch display with 1280x800 HD resolution.

--Video-chat with up to 10 friends within Google+.

--A front-facing 1.2-megapixel camera.

--A pre-loaded entertainment package that includes the movie "Transformers: Dark of the Moon," the book "The Bourne Dominion," magazines like Conde Nast Traveler and Popular Science, and songs from bands like Coldplay and the Rolling Stones.

--A $25 credit to purchase your favorite movies, books and more from Google Play, for a limited time.

--Tegra-3 chipset, with a quad-core CPU and 12-core GPU.

For more details, go here: http://googleblog.blogspot.com/2012/06/android-io-playground-is-open.html

Google is has enlisted the manufacturer ASUS to build the tablet, which is being marketed as an ultra-portable device with deep integration with Google Play, the company's app store.