Asus must like to state the obvious. They shared why the new Nexus 7 does not have a rear-facing camera. Apparently, it would have added to the cost of the device and made it even less profitable. You don't say? Seriously though, the real decision came down to, either they include a camera and then cut costs by sacrificing the build quality of the overall device, or they cut the camera and keep the build quality high. They made the obvious choice, especially since many users will no really lament the absence of a rear camera.
While this makes great sense, many of us are still wondering why they didn't include a camera app with the device, considering that it does have a front-facing camera... Ah well, at least there are some great options in the Play Store.
Source: NexusTablets.net via Engadget