Nexus 7 Tablet and Nexus Q Social Streaming Device Unveiled at Google I/O 2012

Google announced the Nexus 7, a powerful new tablet with a vibrant, 7′ 1280x800 HD display. Nexus 7 is available in both 8GB and 16GB models pack a 7-inch 1280×800 HD display (216 ppi) back-lit IPS display covered in "Scratch-resistant Corning glass".A Terga 3 SoC with a quad-core CPU and 12-core GPU, powers Jelly Bean […]

Google announced the Nexus 7, a powerful new tablet with a vibrant, 7′ 1280x800 HD display. Nexus 7 is available in both 8GB and 16GB models pack a 7-inch 1280×800 HD display (216 ppi) back-lit IPS display covered in "Scratch-resistant Corning glass".

A Terga 3 SoC with a quad-core CPU and 12-core GPU, powers Jelly Bean (Android 4.1) and Google promises the 4325 mAh battery should provide up to 8 hours of use. There's NFC, GPS and and 1.2MP front-facing camera.

And best of all, it's only 340 grams, lighter than most tablets out there.

"Nexus 7 was built to bring you the best of Google in the palm of your hand. Hang out with up to 10 friends on Google+ using the front-facing camera, browse the web blazingly fast with Chrome and, of course, crank through your emails with Gmail," Google's Andy Rubin said.

Nexux 7 also included a $25 credit to purchase your favorite movies, books and more from Google Play, for a limited time.

Contrary to the leak early today, ICS's menu bar is still in tact with a row of icons positioned above it. You can see Jelly Bean's slightly tweaked interace in the video below.

Nexus 7 comes preloaded with some great entertainment, including the movie "Transformers: Dark of the Moon," the book "The Bourne Dominion," magazines like Condé Nast Traveler and Popular Science, and songs from bands like Coldplay and the Rolling Stones.

Nexus 7 is available for preorder today from Google Play in the U.S., U.K., Canada and Australia, and starts at $199 in the U.S. The 8GB will go for $199 with the 16GB hitting at $249.

Google is taking pre-orders now with shipping expected in 2-3 weeks. It will start shipping mid-July.

Here are some more picutres of Nexus 7 and a video demonstration:

Also, Rubin announced Nexus Q, which is designed and engineered by Google, "is a small sphere that plugs into the best speakers and TV in your house."

It's the first-ever social streaming device--like a cloud-connected jukebox where everyone brings their own music to the party. It combines the power of Android and Google Play to easily stream music and video in your home--all controlled by an Android phone or tablet.

The Nexus Q measures 4.6 inches in diameter and weighs 2 pounds. It has 1GB of RAM and 16GB of Flash memory, runs Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) and can connect to devices via WiFi 802.11 b/g/n networks, Bluetooth, or NFC.

Available first in the U.S., you can preorder Nexus Q today from Google Play for $299, and it will ship mid-July.

Here are some more picutres of Nexus Q and video: