Google just confirmed plans to release its own tablet computer, the Nexus 7, in partnership with computer maker Asus, based on the next version of the Android operating  system, Android 4.1 Jelly Bean.

With a 7-inch screen, the device will come in two models: 8GB for $199 and a 16GB version for $249. At those prices, it’s clearly more of a rival to Amazon’s Kindle Fire than to Apple’s iPad or Microsoft

The screen resolution 1280×800 HD. The device comes with a front-facing camera and a quad-core Nvidia Tegra 3 processor. It comes with with a $25 gift certificate for the Google Play store.

Google says orders start today for the $199 device, and it’s expected to start shipping in mid-July.

The company is unveiling the device at its Google I/O conference in San Francisco right now, but the official specs and pricing leaked earlier by way of an official video and product pages from the company that have since been taken down.

Update: Here’s the introductory video …

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  • Jefferson

    Sign me up! As long as there still is a Kindle app available for Android, this should be a no-brainer over the Kindle Fire.

  • Guest

    Looks great! Can’t wait to get my hands on one. What a bountiful year it’s been for hardware!

  • guest

    MS surface: no official price, no official specs, not available for order at announcement and minimum four months delay for first model (next year for the other).
    Google: price, specs, immediate availability.
    MS fail.

  • guest

    Looks way too complicated from a UI standpoint for the low-price audience. Amazon is going to school them again with Kindle Fire 2.0.

    Not really a competitor to surface RT (and not at all to Pro). Surface is a PC in drag, and designed to compete with the iPad, which from all appearances, is not where Google wants to complete (at least with this flagship).

    • guest

      I think Google [correctly] sees that it has no chance against iPad currently. So it hopes to make headway against Fire and then perhaps use that as a base to take on Apple later.

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