If you're looking for a small tablet and you're working on a budget, then you can do much worse than the Nexus 7. After today, though, the Google and Asus mini-tablet just became a much better deal, with the arrival of a new second-generation Nexus 7 that gets upgrades in every nook and cranny.
Google announced the heavily-leaked new Nexus 7 today at a special "Breakfast with Sundar Pichai" (the new head of Android) event in San Francisco. The new mini-tablet runs the all-new Android 4.3, and squeezes a high-res 1920 x 1200 seven-inch display into a body that's just 7.6 mm (0.3") thick.
It drops the Nvidia processor from the original Nexus 7, in favor of a Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro, clocked at 1.5 GHz. There are 16 GB and 32 GB versions, both with 2 GB of RAM. The new tablet weighs just 317.5 g (11.2 oz). These are some pretty high-end specs crammed into a light and thin chassis.
Display resolution wasn't the only spec that went up in the new Nexus 7. The second-gen version gets a price hike, jumping to US$230 for the 16 GB model, and $270 for the 32 GB model. Those Wi-Fi only models are also accompanied by an unlocked 32 GB 4G LTE model for $330.
There's a lot for budget tablet shoppers to be excited about here, but the most cutting-edge aspect of the new Nexus 7 is its display. Up to this point, none of the seven- to eight-inch tablets have managed to pack what Apple would call a "Retina" display into that smaller form factor.
The Wi-Fi version of the Nexus 7 launches on July 30, with the LTE model following "in the coming weeks."
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