The Google event that has just happened has, as expected, confirmed details of the new version of the Nexus 7, manufactured once again by Asus, and to be released July 30 to select retailers. The new Nexus 7 will be running stock Android 4.3 Jelly Bean, which was also announced at the event, and which we have detailed here.
There's not much that was confirmed in the Google breakfast with Android chief Sundar Pichai that we didn't already know. There has been a run of leaks of the device lately, with the most recent only hours ago when full specs and benchmarks appeared all over the internet and then Best Buy posted full specs for pre-orders. At least now we can officially confirm what we've been reporting on for weeks.
The confirmed tech specs for the new Nexus 7 are:
|Display:||7.02 inch IPS, 1920 x 1200 pixels at 323 ppi|
|CPU:||Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro, Quad-Core, 1.5 GHz|
|Interner Memory:||16/32 GB|
|Camera:||5 MP (rear-facing), 1,2 MP (front-facing)|
|Operating System:||Android 4.3 Jelly Bean|
|Connectivity:||WLAN a/b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.0, NFC, HSPA/LTE (optional)|
If you want to see how the Nexus 7 compares to the Nexus 4 – only slightly better – then you can read our earlier article with the detailed benchmarks here. The Nexus 7 is sporting very similar infrastructure to the old Nexus 4.
As for release, we can expect to see the Nexus 7 available in the US on July 30 via Best Buy, Staples, Amazon, Office Max and so on. It will also be available in the UK, Japan, Canada, Germany, France, South Korea, Spain and Australia in the near future.
You can get a 16 GB model for $229 and the 32 GB model for $269. There's also a 32 GB 4G/LTE model for $349. It will be available on T-Mobile, AT&T and Verizon. The new Nexus 7 has an extra hour of battery life compared to last year's version, can be charged wirelessly through induction charging, and can reportedly handle 9 hours of HD video playback or 10 hours of web browsing, all at native 1080p resolution.
Multi-user profiles are back, and have the new addition, with Android 4.3 Jelly Bean, of restricted profiles. The new Nexus 7 will also ship with the new Google Play Store sections of Play Games and Google Play Textbooks. Google is obviously keen to push the Nexus 7 as a competitor to other ebook readers. The fact the screen resolution is better than print resolution in magazines (323 ppi) maybe it will.
So, there's not much that's all that new about the Nexus 7 other than features of Android 4.3 Jelly Bean, but it is a welcome update to the Nexus 7 we all know and love. What do you think?