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Google Nexus 7 tablet 'appears online'

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Google's rumoured Nexus tablet appears to have been confirmed, after the device was listed on an online benchmarking site.

According to Android Police (via TechRadar), the tablet is branded as the Google Nexus 7.

This presumably refers to its seven-inch screen, thus putting the tablet in direct competition with Amazon's Kindle Fire.

Matching up with previous reports, Google seems to have selected Asus to build the tablet, as the company already creates devices running Google's Android operating system.

From the released specs, it appears that the Nexus 7 will have a plenty of power via Nvidia's 1.3GHz Tegra 3 quad-core processor.

Android Police believe that the tablet will launch with Android 4.1, which many commentators believe could be named Jelly Bean.

There is a possibility that Jelly Bean could actually be Android 5.0, but separate reports have said the 5.0 OS release will be much larger and codenamed Key Lime Pie.

Google has not commented on the report.

Deciphering the data, Android Police notes that the Nexus 7 appears to be codenamed 'grouper', in keeping with Google's tradition of naming hardware projects after fish.

The original Google G1 phone was known as 'trout', and the Nexus One as 'mahi-mahi'.

With a seven-inch screen and 768x1280 resolution, the Nexus 7 tablet would be pitched to take on the Amazon Kindle Fire rather than Apple's iPad.

The US search giant would presumably adopt a similar strategy to Amazon, involving retailing the tablet at a cheap price but then looking to generate revenue through sales of digital content, such as apps, eBooks, music and films.

It is expected that the Nexus 7 tablet and the next version of Android will be officially announced at Google's I/O event next month.

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