Details of Google's Nexus Tablet start appearing — Mobile Technology News (click for full article) "Although not officially announced yet, some details of an anticipated Google Nexus Tablet are surfacing online. Rightware, a benchmarking site, has records of what appear to be an Asus-built slate running Android 4.1 on Nvidia's Tegra 3 processor. Server logs from various websites - including ours, which shows 92 recent hits from Android 4.1 devices in California where Google is based - show that such a device currently is being tested through web browsing. So what do we know about the Nexus Tablet? Manufacturer and chip The Asus-Nvidia aspects shouldn't be a total surprise. At this year's Consumer Electronics Show, Asus showed off a 7-inch, $249 Android tablet powered by Nvidia's Tegra 3 chip. To date, the company hasn't launched the device and there were reports that Google was interested in it for a Nexus product. That makes sense as Google doesn't have to start from scratch for a low-cost, small slate. The Tegra 3 should be more than capable for a 7-inch Android tablet; it currently powers the Asus Transformer Prime admirably. Short of Samsung, Asus may be the top seller Android tablets, particularly if you rule out the Kindle Fire and Nook Tablet, which hide Android under heavily customized interfaces. Simply put, Asus is a strong partner for Google to debut its first Nexus Tablet. Screen resolution Benchmark tests show the device name to be "Nexus 7", indicating a 7-inch screen size, along with a resolution of 1280 x 768. Again, that's a reasonable specification for a low-priced slate. The higher the resolution, the more costly the screen component would be. I wouldn't expect a Nexus Tablet with higher resolution, at least not at a $249 or less price tag. Android 4.0 and supporting apps run perfectly fine on 1280 x 768 based in my experience. My Galaxy Nexus uses 1280 x 720 while my Galaxy Tab 7.7 display is 1280 x 800. Based on our own server logs, there's an outside chance the tablet will use the latter resolution. Either that, or someone is testing 1280 x 800 Android 4.1 smartphones on our site; perhaps the next Nexus handsets from hardware partners that Google will sell directly. Which dessert is being served and who's helping? Google names its Android versions after tasty treats, but it appears that Android 4.1 isn't Ice Cream Sandwich. Instead, it will be Jelly Bean, which Google is likely to show off next month at its Google I/O developer event. Aside from further optimizations, I'd expect Google's Chrome browser to become the default app for using the web and it's possible that Google brings a true competitor to Apple's Siri voice assistant, reportedly named "Majel," says AndroidAndMe. Indeed, Google bought CleverSense, an artificial intelligence recommendation service, in December, which could boost Google's Voice Search capability into a full-blown virtual assistant. What we don't know Obviously there are more details missing, but we can make some fairly safe assumptions about the potential device. First, is the price: It won't be greater than $249; I suspect Google will aim for $199 if it's possible. A low price would mean some other limitations as well: Look for storage capacity to be either 8 or 16 GB. "