Rumours have been circulating for weeks as to what the new Google Nexus 7 will entail. Today, those speculations have been confirmed at Google’s “Breakfast with Sundar” Event.
Starting July 30th, Google will be selling the newest iteration of their Nexus tablet line – The Google Nexus 7.
Although the new Nexus 7 might look similar to last year’s model, a deeper inspection shows the contrary. Aside from the technological advancements under the hood, the body itself is 2mm thinner and 50g lighter (almost the weight of a tennis ball).
Huge improvements have been made to the screen. The Nexus 7 is now provides full HD capabilities with it’s 1920 x 1200 IPS screen, giving it a pixel density of 323 DPI – the highest DPI found on any tablet!
Other changes include a 1.5GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro 8064 processor with Adreno 320 graphics and 2GB of RAM. It also has dual stereo speakers, a 5-megapixel rear facing camera, and wireless charging – a much wanted addition!
What good is hardware when the software can’t take advantage of it, right? Google understood that and included the newest version of their Android O/S - Jellybean 4.3.
Pretty standard stuff but the main things to point out are:
- OpenGL ES 3.0 - which enables finer details in games, providing a richer experience for gamers
- Restricted Profiles - this provide multi user support (same as what you’ll find on a desktop PC)
Price and Availability
The Google Nexus 7 comes in 2 sizes – 16GB and 32GB (Wi-Fi and/or LTE). The 16GB model will be $229, while the 32GB model will be $269 – both of which are considerably cheaper than an Apple mini.
It will be available at major retailers in North America, while other countries might wait a couple weeks after.
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