(Ping! Zine Web Tech Magazine) – An image purportedly showing Google’s unreleased Nexus 7 Tablet is causing waves on the internet. (You can view it here in a report from TheVerge.com.) The popular internet search giant is widely expected to unveil the device later today at its annual I/O conference. The image itself shows a black tablet device from different angles sporting Google’s open source Android operating system. A “Nexus 7” logo appears beside the device while an “Asus” imprint appears on the tablet’s back-end.
The tablet’s image reportedly first appeared in the Google Play store.
Google has worked to develop the device with technology creator Asus. The tablet’s eventual release was initially made known by Google Chairman Eric Schmidt in December when he discussed the matter in a report from Italian paper Corrier Della Sera, according to a report by PCWorld.com.
Most important are the devices specs, which have been extensively detailed in another leaked Google Play image reposted on the website content.modaco.net. The details point towards a 16GB storage of internal memory, RAM accounting for 1GB, eight hours of battery use, a Quad-core Tegra 3 processor, WiFi and Bluetooth connectivity, Micro USB, a weight of 340g and a back-lit display.
Google’s move follows another tablet unveiling by Microsoft. Earlier this month, the Windows maker unveiled its own tablet offering featuring a kickstand and a cover that multitasks as a keyboard. New devices by both Google and Microsoft could directly compete with Apple’s popular iPad.