A year after the popular Nexus 7 was officially announced, Google introduced yesterday the New Nexus 7. Even though the New Nexus 7 comes with the same display size, it’s lighter and thinner and lighter than its predecessor, while coming with a significantly improved hardware platform.
The New Nexus 7 comes with a 7-inch display with an IPS panel, but its resolution was increased from 1,280 x 800 to 1,920 x 1,200 pixels. The first gen Nexus 7 had a great display for an affordable tablet, but the New Nexus 7 offers even more, the 323 ppi pixel density being the highest available on a 7-inch tablet at the moment. Besides the amazing pixel density, the IPS panel itself was improved, promising a color gamut that is 30% higher than on the previous Nexus 7.
Google and ASUS chose a Qualcomm APQ8064 chipset to underpin the new Nexus 7, a processing solution that became popular after powering devices like Sony Xperia Tablet Z, Nexus 4, LG Optimus G, or Sony Xperia Z. The Snapdragon S4 Pro comes with a quad-core Krait CPU at 1.5 GHz and an Adreno 320 GPU.
The tablet comes with 2 GB of RAM and two internal storage options: 16 and 32 GB. The New Nexus 7 technical specs list also include Bluetooth 4.0 LTe support, a dual-band WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n module, NFC chip, plus support for LTE networks. The tablet also comes with a notification LTD and HDMI out.
The first Nexus 7 model only came with a 1.2 megapixel front-facing camera, but the new version also sports a 5 megapixel camera mounted on the back.
The New Nexus 7 is taller than its predecessor, measuring 200 mm, Google explaining that this was a design choice in order to improve the grip while being hold in portrait or landscape mode. Still the new tablet is narrower and thinner than the previous generation. Besides measuring 200 x 114.3 x 7.9 mm, the 7 incher now weighs 317.5 grams, 22.2 grams lighter than the first Nexus 7, but still 9.5 grams heavier than the iPad Mini rival. The battery is a 3,950 mAh unit that is supposed to get the tablet through 9 hours of multimedia playback.
All these impressive changes have lead to an increase in price of only $30, the New Nexus 7 having a starting price of only $229. The 16 GB model is the cheapest one, while the WiFi-only 32 GB model has a price tag of $269, while the WiFi+4G variant, that also comes with 32 GB of storage, will be priced $349.
Running the fresh Android 4.3 Jelly Bean, the tablet will become available for purchase in US as of July 30th. As usual the new tablet will be available through Google Play and several new retailers, with Best Buy and Staples among them.
The 4G LTE Nexus 7 will start shipping in the next few weeks and it’s worth mentioning that it is compatible with AT&T, T-Mobile, and Verizon networks.
As usual the US market will be the first one to get the new Nexus 7, but the tablet will also become available on other markets like South Korea, Japan, UK, Germany, France, Canada, and Australia in the coming weeks.