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Google’s new Nexus tablet is up for pre-order at Best Buy, ahead of launch event

Hugo Barra, director of product management at Google Inc., speaks about the latest version of the Android operating system called Jelly Bean, during the Google I/O conference in San Francisco, California, U.S., on Wednesday, June 27, 2012. (David Paul Morris/BLOOMBERG)

Google is expected to make an product announcement Wednesday, but pre-order pages for new versions of its Nexus 7 tablets are already up on the Web site for Best Buy.

According to the store’s Web site, the Nexus 7 will be available with 16 GB or 32 GB of memory and packs a 5 MP rear-facing camera and a 1.2 MP front-facing camera. The 16 GB version will cost $229.99; the 32 GB version is $269.99.

Best Buy could not immediately be reached for comment on the tablet. The product pages were first spotted by The Verge.

The pages appeared ahead of a planned Google event hosted by Android chief Sundar Pichai in San Francisco. CNET reports that the event might also reveal the as-yet-unreleased Moto X smartphone or possibly a new Chromebook, as Pinchai also oversees Chrome.

Google didn’t offer many details about plans for the future in hardware or software during its annual I/O developers conference in May. While the company did show off a few major features and upgrades to products such as Google Maps, it deviated from past behavior and didn’t announce a new operating system or launch any new products.

The new version of the Nexus 7 on Best Buy’s site is thinner and lighter than its predecessor, weighing 11.2 ounces and is 0.3-inch thick. The current tablet weighs 12 ounces and is 0.4 inches thick. The specs on the retailer’s site also say that the tablet has a 1920 x 1200 display resolution, an improvement on the tablet’s current screen resolution.

The tablet will run Android 4.3 Jelly Bean — a version of the mobile operating system that hasn’t been officially unveiled yet -- indicating that Google will probably have more than one announcement up its sleeve today.

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Hayley Tsukayama covers consumer technology for The Washington Post.
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