As expected, Google announced its new Nexus 7 tablet at the Breakfast with Sundar Pichai press event today. An upgraded version of the original Nexus 7, the new tablet brings improvements in almost every aspect of the device.
According to Huge Barra, who took the stage along with Asus’ Jonny Shih to introduce new Nexus 7, the new tablet is even more portable than the previous version. It is slimmer by 1.8mm and the bezels have been reduced by 2.75mm.
“We really focused on core elements – black-on-back design with the soft touch that everyone loved. We added a few glossy touches,” Barra noted at the press event.
Talking about the specifics, new Nexus 7 comes with a 7-inch full HD display with 1920x1200p display, which translates to 323PPi, which according to Google is the highest PPI for any tablet on the planet.
The new tablet also comes with stereo speakers with Fraunhofer’s audio improvements, 5MP rear camera, 1.2MP front camera, and 1.5GHz quad-core Snapdragon S4 Pro processor. Other features inclue 2GB of RAM, Bluetooth 4.0, dual-band Wi-Fi, NFC and Wireless charging.
On the software front, the tablet runs on Android 4.3, which is the latest version of Android. We will be talking about Android 4.3 in detail in another post. Just to give you a quick overview, Android 4.3 comes with better multi-user capabilities, Bluetooth Smart Technology support and OpenGL ES 3.0.
Availability and Pricing
According to Google, new Nexus 7 will be sold in three versions at launch – 16GB Wi-Fi only, 32GB Wi-Fi only and 32GB Wi-Fi + LTE (will work on AT&T, Verizon and T-Mobile) and these will be priced at $229.99, $269.99 and $349.99 respectively.
The new tablet version go on pre-order today and will start shipping beginning July 30 in the United States on a variety of retailers including Best Buy, Staples, Walmart, and Amazon.
Apart from US, the new tablet will also be released in UK, Germany, France, Japan, Canada, Australia, South Korea and Spain, with more countries “coming soon.”