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Nexus 7 may spoil Microsoft Surface party at Google I/O

Microsoft may have just unveiled their first tablet to the world, but attention is now starting to shift away from the Surface in preparation for Google’s rumored Nexus 7 device, which is odds on to make an appearance at Google I/O.

Google’s event will be starting on June 27 in San Francisco and in true Apple fashion, it looks like the majority of features have already been disclosed before the company even has a chance to show it off on stage.

The Nexus 7 is the name that has showed up in various benchmarks, along with several mentions that ASUS are the manufacturer who will be building the device. There is also continued whispers that this device will be retailing at a very affordable $199 price in line with the Kindle Fire, but what you may not know yet is potential limitations that will have to be made in order to justify the price.

A new report by DigiTimes has claimed that the Google Nexus 7 tablet will not have a 3G model, as Google will cut down on costs by shipping a WiFi version only. That’s not the only major absentee either – we’re hearing that rather surprisingly, there will not be a rear camera either, just a front-facing one instead.

While you may be shocked at the lack of these features, you could also argue that these are two features that consumers wouldn’t mind missing out on if it means that the price will stay at $199. For starters, is 3G really needed these days when there are millions of WiFi hotspots around the world? As for the camera, who regularly uses a tablet to take pictures anyway in place of a smartphone?

We really impressed with that awesome-looking keyboard that Microsoft has attached to their Surface tablet, but Google may still hit the jackpot anyway with an unbeatable $199 price. Don’t forget that it’s also going to be the first Android Jelly Bean device as well, so consumers really have a tough decision to make.

How impressed are you with the Surface? Microsoft has done a good job showcasing the device, but will it ultimately come down to which tablet has the best price for you?

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