Posted on 24 July 2013.
Google unveiled the New Nexus 7 tablet the morning of July 24 – right after U.S. retailer Best Buy posted specs and prices about the device on their website.
The highly anticipated reboot features full HD resolution – 1920 x 1200 – making this the highest resolution 7-inch tablet. The new tablet also offers the newest version of Google’s operating system, Android 4.3.
What’s more, the New Nexus 7 2 now has stereo speakers and Fraunhofer’s surround sound system, as well as an HDMI output for connecting to a big screen TV.
New Nexus 7 comes in three different models
Google’s “significant upgrade” to the New Nexus 7 includes the addition of three different models.
Depending on how much storage you want you can get the 16GB Wi-Fi version for $229(about £162, AU$270) the 32GB Wi-Fi model for $269 (about £179, AU$292) or the 32GB LTE tablet for $349(about £227, AU$379).
The 16GB and 32GB Wi-Fi models will go on sale Tuesday, July 30 on Google Play, and in “more retailers than ever before,” said Hugo Barra, Google’s vice president of Android product development at today’s announcement.
The 32 GB LTE model will be available in the coming weeks on the following U.S. carriers: T-Mobile, At&t, and Verizon.
Canada, the U.K. France, Australia, South Korea, Spain and Japan will also get the device in the “coming weeks.”
Your move, Apple
Google’s newly released “highest-resolution 7-inch tablet” should have the competition raising an eyebrow.
Even though the device is a bit more expensive, the price jump is justified. Google improved the screen resolution, bumped up the processor – 1.5GHz quad-core Snapdragon S4 CPU – and included a new rear- and front-facing camera.
So this had the TechRadar staff asking, which 7-inch tablet is a better deal.
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- Here’s a look at all the news and rumors we collected about the New Nexus 7 prior to the July 24 announcement.
Google will be rebooting its Nexus 7 tablet this year, and while many were hoping a refreshed version would make an appearance at Google IO back in May the reality is we’re still waiting for the new Nexus 7 2.
Thankfully that wait is almost over after one U.S. retailer spilled pretty much every bean relating to the new Nexus 7 tablet ahead of Google’s expected launch of the slate on July 24.
The Asus-built Nexus 7 slate launched last year with beefy specs and a seriously low price which made it an instant hit and hopes are high for the new Nexus 7.
We’ve trawled the web just for you to bring you all the latest on the new Google Nexus 7 2, which you can read below. And, if you are a visual sort of person, you can watch the live event unfold in the YouTube video below.
YouTube : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GZzS6BxHEns#at=857
Nexus 7 2 release date and price
As we’ve mentioned the new Nexus 7 tablet was expected to rear its head at Google’s IO conference back in May, but alas no such device showed up – although July was then touted after the event.
The date now on everyone’s lips is July 24, as Google is hosting a lovely little breakfast with Android and Chrome Chief Sundar Pinchai, and the whole thing will be streamed online for your viewing pleasure.
It looks like the Google Nexus 7 2 will make an appearance here alongside Android 4.3, and there’s an outside chance that we could possibly see the Moto X too.
The Nexus 7 2 release date is a little tricky to muster at the moment, but rumours suggest it will go on sale within the next couple of months – we’ll just have to wait and see.
Update: Early reports suggested the new Nexus 7 may cost as little as $150 (around £99/AU$143), but more recently a leaked inventory listing for the Nexus 2 7 had a 16GB version at $229 (about £150, AU$250), while the 32GB could set you back $269 (about £175, AU$290).
The latter matches the prices posted by Best Buy on its Nexus 7 2 pre-order page, and means the slate will be slightly more expensive than its predecessor.
Nexus 7 2 operating system
Update: In light of all the Android 4.3 Jelly Bean talk the new Nexus 7 tablet is being hotly tipped to run the updated version of Google’s mobile platform, and that looks to have been confirmed after a pre-order page popped up for the tab listing the new version of the OS.
As this is a Nexus device you can expect it to come running an unadulterated version of the Android software with no overlay covering it up, something which most manufacturers like to do.
YouTube : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uN7cq800Hyc
Nexus 7 2 display
The current Nexus 7 sports a 7-inch (duh!) IPS LCD display with a 800 x 1280 resolution which is decent enough, but considering we’re now getting full HD screens on our smartphones we’re hoping the new Nexus 7 will offer something even sharper.
Early rumours suggested that we’d see a full HD display on the Nexus 7 2, and this leak has been supported by a FCC filing in the States which highlighted a 1080p resolution.
Further leaks have outed a 1980 x 1200 resolution for the Nexus 7 2 slate and more recently a report suggests Asus will stick to the LCD panel tech for the tablet.
Update: The 1980 x 1200 resolution has now appeared on a US retailer’s pre-order page which all but confirms the full HD IPS display on the new Nexus 7 2.
Nexus 7 2 power
The original Nexus 7 sports Nvidia’s quad-core Tegra 3 processor clocked at 1.2GHz and it looks like the new Nexus 7 will follow in a similarly powerful suit.
According to the various rumours we’re seeing it looks like Asus may be ditching Nvidia in favour of Qualcomm, although there’s a little bit of uncertainty over which Snapdragon chip will feature in the Nexus 7 2.
First off the Nexus 7 2 was tipped to sport a Snapdragon S4 Pro processor, but then we saw reports that suggested it may instead pack the quad-core Snapdragon 600 chip, backed up by 2GB of RAM – similar to that seen in the HTC One.
However the balance swung back in favour of the Snapdragon S4 Pro with a big spec leak for the new Nexus tablet also revealing a whopping 4GB of RAM.
Update: And it’s the Snapdragon S4 Pro which seems to have won the race to be inside the Nexus 7 2, with Best Buy publishing specs which revealed a 1.5GHz quad-core processor, 2GB of RAM and an Adreno 320 GPU.
More Nexus 7 2 specs
You got just one, front-facing 1.2MP camera on the Nexus 7, but for the next generation of 7-inch Nexus slate we could be treated to two.
We’re not particularly big fans of using tablets as cameras, but at least the smallish form factor of the Nexus 7 makes it less unwieldy than the larger slates out there.
The front camera may get a slight boost to 1.3MP (although some suggest it will stay at 1.2MP), while round the back we could find a 5MP snapper on the Nexus 7 2.
Update: It looks like the cameras on the new Nexus 7 will be a 5MP offering on the rear, while the front will sport the same 1.2MP snapper from the original tablet.
It might be easier to handle the Google Nexus 7 2 when it comes to shooting pictures – as well as watching movies and playing games – as it’s been suggested that it’ll sport a thinner bezel round the screen which should reduce the dimensions a little.
Update: The latest from the size camp is that the new Nexus 7 will rock up at 200.7 x 114.3 x 7.62mm and weigh 318g – down from 340g.
In terms of storage it’s a little disappointing as it appears Google is sticking with the 16GB and 32GB sizes, with no sign of 64GB or 128GB, nor any mention of a microSD slot. *sob*
Battery wise the Nexus 7 2 may be in a little trouble if it does sport a punchier full HD display as reports claim it will also carry a smaller 4000mAh battery – down from 4325mAh on the current Nexus 7 – although wireless charging may well be an option.
Update: When it comes to connectivity the Nexus 7 2 is set to pack Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0 and GPS, but there’s no sign of NFC or 4G LTE capabilities just yet.