New upgraded Nexus 7 tablet has just been unveiled at Breakfast with Sundar event in San Fran. The key improvements include newest Android 4.3 Jelly Bean software, Chromecast, larger storage, crisper display, faster processor, better graphics, LTE speeds, rear camera, support for Qi wireless charging and OpenGL ES: 3.0.
The new Nexus 7 tablet is slimmer at 8mm (0.3 inch) and lighter 318 g (11.2 ounces). The side bezels are slimmer in the 2013 model, but top and bottom bezels remain wide enough for your thumbs, so holding it in the landscape mode is more comfortable.
The biggest improvement in this year’s Nexus 7 tablet is the 323 ppi (pixel density) display carrying 1,920 x 1,200 pixels and offering 300 nit brightness and 178 degree viewing angles. Nexus 7 tablet now has the best resolution among all 7 inch tablets.
Popular but somewhat dated NVidia Tegra 3 processor has been replaced with top notch quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro (8064) chip, clocked at 1.5GHz and working with 2GB of DDR3LM RAM and Adreno 320 graphics. The CPU performance shows 80 percent improvement and graphics up to 4x the performance comparing to last year’s model of the tablet.
The storage starts at 16GB, which is better than 8GB offered with previous version, but there is still no microSD card support available.
The new android 4.3, that launched the same day, offers support of multiple users, which enables parents, for example, to limit and control the use of the device for their kids. The Jelly Bean update brings in support of OpenGL ES: 3.0, which improves on the graphics, so there is a much better gaming experience.
We also get a new camera app, which includes panorama mode and video recording. The Photo Sphere is now on a tablet, sufficiently replacing the flash. There is a new rear 5 megapixel camera and the 1.2 megapixel front camera remains on this model as well.
The sound is now coming out of two speakers instead of one. The Li – Polymer battery is to last us 10 hours. The tablet connects to the internet via dual-band WiFi 802.11 a,b,g,n, or in upgraded models it supports LTE speeds. There is also Bluetooth 4.0 (low energy), USB 2.0, and microUSB port.
As the recent Nexus 7 rumors suggested, BestBuy claims to start selling Nexus 7 on Tuesday July 30th, followed by Staples the next day. The WiFi 16GB model will cost you $230, and for $270 you’ll get 32GB version. There have been many improvements in Nexus 7 tablet this year and the $30 extra charge for fast performing 7 inch tablet is, at least in my opinion, well justified. The 4G LTE version will be supported on AT&T, T-Mobile, and Verizon. The unlocked 32GB 4G LTE 16GB model will go for $349.
In UK, the new 2nd generation Google Nexus 7 tablet will begin shipping on 13th of September starting at £200.
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