There’s no surprise that the New Nexus 7 was announced at today’s Google press event, synchronized with the debut of Android 4.3 Jelly Bean. Just like its predecessor, the New Nexus 7 is co-developed by Google and ASUS, being a 7-inch affordable tablet that comes with a powerful hardware platform.
Why where we so sure about the debut of the Nexus 7? In case you missed the latest rumors on the tablet market, we remind you that the New Nexus 7’s technical specifications and press photos were fully revealed over the past couple of days.
Just like its predecessor, the New Nexus 7 comes with a 7-inch display making it a very portable device. The New Nexus 7 has now become the 7-inch tablet with the highest display resolution, courtesy of the 1,200 x 1,920 pixels LED-backlit IPS LCD.
Most of the leakers guessed that the New Nexus 7 will be underpinned by a Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro and Google’s Hugo Barra confirmed it on the stage of today’s event. The Snapdragon S4 Pro SoC is based on a quad-core Krait CPU clocked at 1.5 GHz and Adreno 320 GPU providing 1.8x more processing power and 4x more graphics processing power than the Tegra 3 chipset of the previous generation.
Google and ASUS also doubled the amount of RAM on the New Nexus 7, the 7 incher now sporting 2 GB of RAM compared to the 1 GB of RAM of the previous Nexus 7.
There will be two internal storage options: 16 and 32 GB, and a single body color: black. Just like it happened with 0the previous generation, it will be a WiFi+Cellular Nexus 7 model, but this time it will come with 4G LTE support.
The New Nexus 7 also come with a revised design. In order to make it even more portable, Google and ASUS reduced the bezel size, even though the screen size remained unchanged, making it shorter and narrower than the original Nexus 7. The New Nexus 7 is even thinner than its predecessor, now being only 7.9 mm thin.
Google’s Hugo Barra said that the New Nexus 7 has a “black on black design, with soft touch and glossy finishes,” a move that will probably bring the Nexus 7 closer to a premium feel when in-hand.
Unlike the previous generation, the New Nexus 7 comes with dual stereo speakers and HDMI out, which would make it an ideal tool for watching full HD videos. In fact, Google teamed-up with Netflix and the Nexus 7 will be the first device to sport 1080p videos from the popular meadia streaming service.
The New Nexus 7 also comes with two cameras, a 5 megapixel unit on the back, and a front-facing 1.2 megapixel sensor. Even though Google failed to reveal the capacity of the New Nexus 7’s battery, Barra said that its battery is capable of getting it thorugh 9 hours of video playback or 10 hours of web browsing.
There will be three New Nexus 7 models available on the market, two WiFi-only models with 16 and 32 GB of storage, and a third WiFi+Cellular variant with 32 GB of storage, priced, $229, $269, and $249, respectively. The new tablet will be available as of July 30th.
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