The wait is finally over. Google and Asus took the queue today and announced the new and improved version of the well-known Nexus 7 tablet. Codenamed Razor, the tablet is set to amaze the audience with powerful specification, including a brand new Android 4.3 Jelly Bean version, a higher-resolution display and even more – all for an affordable price like before.
While the tablet has been heavily leaked in the last few weeks, some of those rumors proved to be accurate, at least in a healthy percentage. For instance, we already assumed the resolution of the new Nexus 7 and the fact that a new, updated Android version will be introduced by Google’s favorite slate. Now, with a new and more powerful tablet on the market, I wonder what people are going to purchase in the following months…but let’s make an acquaintance first.
New Nexus 7 Specifications and Features
In a few words, the new and improved Nexus 7 can be seen as a healthy improvement of the last generation and in many ways, as a larger version of the classic Nexus 4 smartphone. It actually packs the same processor as the phone itself and when it comes to benchmarks, the situation stays unchanged. Enough talks, let’s see what’s under the hood:
- Size: 7.9″ x 4.5″ x 0.3″
- Weight: 317.5 grams
- OS: Android 4.3 Jelly Bean
- Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro with a quad-core processor clocked at 1.5 GHz and Adreno 320 as the GPU
- RAM: 2GB DDR3
- Display: 7-inch IPS with 1920×1200 resolution (constructed with anti-fingerprint and scratch-resistant glass) and 323 PPI
- Cameras: 1.2-megapixel on the front, 5MP on the back.
- Storage: 16/32 GB internal, with no external SD slots
- Connectivity: NFC, Bluetooth 4.0, SlimPort and Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n and, a 4G LTE model (only for US).
- Battery: up to 9 hours of HD video, 10 hours of browsing
As you may have already noticed, the addition of a microSD slot card is completely missing from the technical sheet and such a feature will probably never be implemented. Also, among the missing, we can count wireless charging of any sort.
The good part is that this slate is almost 50 grams lighter and way narrower. This is due to the fact that the side bezel has been cut down with almost 1.8mm and, the total thickness with around 2mm. Also, that sharp display will render content with around 323 PPI density, thanks to a proper 1080p resolution. Moreover, Asus has managed to crop around 30 percent more colors into their masterwork.
Borrowing an intelligent concept from HTC One, the new Asus Nexus 7 will also come with dual-stereo speakers, with Fraunhofer virtual surround sound: perfect for gaming.
Perhaps the most interesting twist is the addition of a 4G/LTE capable model, which will be available only for US-based customers. The version will work with AT&T, T-Mobile and Verizon carriers.
New Nexus 7: Release and Price
Surprisingly, Best Buy has already opened a pre-ordering campaign for the 2013 edition of the Nexus 7, hours before the event and of course, without Google’s consent. The official word is that the slate should arrive in August for the following prices. It’s worth mentioning that the Wi-Fi only versions will be available through other retailers such as Best Buy, Amazon, etc.
- 16 GB Wi-Fi version – $229.99
- 32 GB Wi-Fi version – $269.99
- 32 GB 4G LTE version – $349.99
Are you planning to buy one?