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EXIF data points to Google/Asus-produced Nexus 7 tablet

updated 05:50 pm EDT, Mon June 18, 2012

Photo from Nexus 7 posted on Picasa, taken down

A single image posted earlier today to photo-sharing site Picasa appears to confirm the existence of the much-rumored Nexus tablet. The photo has since been taken down, but EXIF data captured before its removal tags the device that took the photo as a Nexus 7. The EXIF data supplies further evidence that Google will soon release an as-yet-unannounced seven-inch tablet developed in collaboration with Asus.

The photo itself shows only some ceiling tiles and fluorescent lights. The EXIF information, though, names the manufacturer--Asus--as well as the device name, timestamp, and resolution, among other information. The image from the Nexus 7 was originally taken on June 7 and uploaded to Picasa the same day. The 1280x960 resolution and the 2mm focal length have led some to speculate that the image was captured using a front-facing camera, though the speculation cannot be completely verified.

Given the information that has leaked about the device, a seven-inch Nexus tablet appears to be a near certainty to debut in the coming weeks.

In late May, the device showed up on Rightware's Power Board benchmarking service. Those benchmarks revealed a seven-inch device with a 768x1280 display and an Nvidia Tegra 3 quad-core 1.3 GHz Cortex A9 processor. Those same benchmarks tipped off that the device would run Android 4.1, Google's "Jelly Bean" OS upgrade which has yet to be released.

Images supposedly revealing the tablet showed up online a few weeks back, revealing that the device may have phone functionality as well. Finally, a representative from Asus appeared to remove all doubt that a tablet developed in partnership with Google was on the way when he confirmed that a seven-inch model would be arriving at the end of June. [via]

by MacNN Staff



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