By Ben Bowers
on 6.28.12
Photo by Google

Google’s blessed Nexus line of stock Android phones now finally includes a tablet big brother. The ASUS produced Nexus 7 will be the first device to ship with Android 4.1 a.k.a. Jelly Bean, which promises a slew of enhancements from previous desert OS iterations — particularly when it comes to speed.

On the hardware front, the 7″, .78 pound tablet sports a 1280×800 HD IPS display, 1.2MP front-facing camera and a quad-core Tegra 3 processor — all starting at $199 for an 8GB model or up to $249 for 16GB . Early adopters will also receive a free copy of Transformers: Dark Side of the Moon as well as $25 of Google Play credit for apps, music and games. Taken as a whole, it’s a pretty incredible deal that proves Mountain View has prioritized snuffing the Kindle Fire over challenging the iPad in a game of tablet chicken. Google’s accepting orders now online via their play store with an estimated ship date of mid-July, so start stretching your rear pants pockets now.

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