Asus Nexus tablet appears in benchmark database

Posted by Raven Lovecraft

A database of tablet performance is giving us insight into the oft-rumored Google tablet.

On Rightware.com, a new device with the name "Google Asus Nexus 7" has appeared, with a four-star performance rating. Technical specs mention a 768x1280 resolution, and a quad-core 1.3 GHz Nvidia Tegra 3 processor.

Although it's no surprise that Google is working on an official Android tablet, these are the first real specs we're seeing. The site also mentions that the device has an Nvidia ULP GeForce GPU.

It's believed the device will carry the "Nexus" name, which has been used in the naming of every Android phone that Google has had an active hand in developing.

Although the Nexus phones are seen as one streamlined line of devices, they've been made by different manufacturers and available on different carriers so Google doesn't look like it's playing favorites.

It's been rumored for some time that Google was also toiling behind-the-scenes to come up with a Nexus-branded tablet, but the question of which manufacturer would get the honors has been largely mysterious.

Earlier this year, it came out of the woodwork that Asus might the manufacturer of choice, since it is well known for creating low-cost electronics.

It was also reported that the tablet is likely to cost between $150 and $200. It's widely believed the device will have a 7-inch display, making it a notably different product than the iPad, seeming to suggest that Google itself doesn't see much hope in competing directly with Apple in this market.