Google Nexus 7 to touch down in Oz

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Google Nexus 7 to touch down in Oz

Google’s Asus-built Nexus 7 tablet will hit Australian shelves late this month following its global debut last week.

The 16GB Nexus 7 will retail for $319 from major retailers including Harvey Norman, JB HiFi, Dick Smith and Asus resellers, through Synnex and Dicker Data. 

The announcement is an about-face from Google, which last week said the tablet would be sold solely online through its Play store.

The tablet is $20 cheaper directly through Google, at $299 for the 16GB model.

An Asus spokesperson said the price increase was due to costs associated with shipping the tablet to Australian stores.

The tablet comes with the first example of Android Jelly Bean OS and will be supercharged by a quad-core Nvidia Tegra 3 processor running at 1.3GHz, a GeForce 12-core GPU, and 1GB RAM.The multi-touch IPS display carries a 1280x800 resolution.

The Nexus 7 will sport NFC for Beam sharing and Google Wallet functions, as well as a 1.2MP front facing camera, and nine hours of battery life.

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