At a Google Event today in San Francisco, Hugo Barra, unveiled a brand new tablet straight from Google, the New Nexus 7.
The device runs Android 4.3 Jelly Bean, the first device to do so, and Google said that “We’re focusing on a lot of the same thing we did with the first.”.
The tablet is 50 grams lighter and narrower than the original mode, so it’s easier to hold in the hand. It has a soft-touch feel back and a black body. The display has a resolution of 1920 x 1200, so it’s full HD. Google says that it is the world’s highest resolution 7-inch tablet with 323 pixels per inch (ppi). The screen also supports a 30-percent wider range of colours.
There is a 1.2-megapixel front-facing camera for Hangouts and a 5-megapixel rear-facing shooter for 1080p video and photos. The tablet is powered by a 1.4GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Processor which is 80-percent faster and offers 4x the graphics performance. The device’s memory has been upgraded from 1GB to 2GB too. Bluetooth 4.0 and Dual-band 802.11 a/b/g/n Wi-Fi are supported, as well as, 4G LTE support. NFC, HDMI and wireless charging. The new Nexus & also has stereo speakers and virtual surround sound provided by Fraunhofer.
It also supports OPenGL ES 3.0, which Barra says is “a big deal for game developers.”. Google are promising that the new Nexus 7 will get 9 hours of HD video playback and 10 hours of web browsing.
The new Nexus 7 will come in two different capacities, 16GB and 32GB. The 16GB model will cost $229 and the 32GB model will cost $269. The 32GB LTE model will cost $349. It will be available from all major US retailers on July 30th. Other countries, including the UK, Germany, Japan, Canada, Spain, France, Australia, and South Korea will get the tablet in the coming weeks. It seems like the LTE models won’t be available immediately, either, but they should launch soon.