Jun 18th, 2012

There is pretty much no denying the existence of an ASUS-made tablet that will launch under Google’s Nexus banner sometime in the next couple months, but a new Picasa web album offers proof that the so-called Nexus 7 has been roaming the halls of Google’s Building 44. The pictures aren’t exactly masterpieces, showing views of what could be the ceiling in any typical office building, but it’s the info their EXIF data holds that is of value to us. Listed as the camera and model is the fabled ASUS Nexus 7.

The usual disclaimer applies here. EXIF data can be manipulated, etc. But in this case the photos can be traced back to a Google+ user going by the name of Somit Bh, and the location data puts the photos origin within Google’s Mountain View campus. From the looks of it, this Somit Bh is a Google employee through and through.

Most are expecting to see the Nexus 7 (I am guessing under a different name) make an appearance at Google I/O at the end of the month, and most reports go on to say it will launch concurrently with the announcement or sometime in July. One main goal has been to keep the cost of the slate down. Most rumors say it will sell for an easy $200 or less.

[Picasa via The Verge]

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