Google just officially unveiled the new Nexus 7, which we’re lovingly calling the Nexus 7 (2013) model. The device runs Android 4.3 Jelly Bean and offers improved specs all around.
Google said it’s still focusing on portability and performance. The device is 50 grams lighter and narrower than the original model, which it says makes it more comfortable to hold. The device offers a soft-touch feel and has a black body with a few glossy finishes. The screen offers a full HD 1920 x 1200-pixel display, which Google says 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 colors.
The new Nexus 7 also has stereo speakers and virtual surround sound tech provided by Fraunhofer. There’s a 1.2-megapixel camera for Hangouts and a 5-megapixel camera for 1080p video and photos. Under the hood the device has a quad-core 1.4GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro processor which offers an 80 percent faster speed and 4x the graphics performance. The system memory has been upgraded from 1GB to 2GB, too. Dual-band 802.11 a/b/g/n Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 4.0 are supported, as is 4G LTE support for AT&T, T-Mobile and Verizon networks all from the same device. HDMI, NFC and Qi wireless charging is also included.
The 16GB model costs $229, the 32GB model costs $269 and the 4G LTE model will cost $349. It lands July 30 from Google Play and will be in more retailer stores than ever before including Best Buy, GameStop, Walmart, Staples, Office Max, Office Depot, Amazon, HSN, RadioShack, J&R and B&H. It will launch in the US, Japan, Canada, Germany, France, South Korea, Spain and Australia in the coming weeks with more to follow.