The first Nexus 7 was a hit or miss. A lot of people liked it and a lot didn’t. Google and ASUS went back to the drawing board with this one. Now lighter, thinner, and faster than its predecessor. Find out everything you need to know about the new Google Nexus 7 Tablet that has been released today July 30th!
Next Generation Google Nexus 7 Tablet
Google and ASUS have knocked it out of the park again for a “pure android” 7 inch tablet. Although they have nixed Nvidia everything else with this device is going to be a plus! Take a look at the specs below.
With this iteration of the Nexus 7 Tablet they have shed some weight and made it thinner. Gone is the rubberized back. So is the fake metal ring. Now you get a sleek looking design with Nexus 7 emblazoned on the back of it.
With this ASUS tablet it is still the same look of the prior gen Nexus 7. It is definitely lighter and thinner though! You can read about the prior version below:
- 7.02″ 1920×1200 HD display (323 ppi)
- 1080p HD IPS
- Scratch-resistant Corning® glass
- 1.2MP front facing, fixed focus
- 5MP rear facing, auto focus
- 114 x 200 x 8.65 mm
- Android 4.3
- Dual-band Wi-Fi (2.4GHz/5GHz) 802.11 a/b/g/n
- Bluetooth 4.0
- NFC (Android Beam)
- 0.64 lbs (290 g)
- Stereo speakers
- Surround sound, powered by Fraunhofer¹
- 3.5mm audio connector
- 16 GB or 32 GB internal storage (actual formatted capacity will be less)
- 2 GB RAM
- Micro USB
- SlimPort™ enabled
- 3,950 mAH (Up to 9 hours of active use)
- Wireless Charging built-in (Qi compatible)
- Qualcomm Snapdragon™ S4 Pro, 1.5GHz
- Adreno 320, 400MHz
- Ambient light
This device features a ton of improvements over its older brother. Some of the things I really like were the addition of a rear facing camera, improved screen, more storage, and updated Bluetooth and wireless.
Below are a list of improvements vs. the older version:
Nexus 7 (2013)
- Price: $229 +
- Display: 7.02 inch IPS LCD
- Screen Res: 1020 x 1200 (323 ppi)
- Battery: 3,950 mAh
- Storage: 16 GB or 32 GB
- Rear Camera: 5 Mega Pixel, AF
- Video Capture: 1080p/30fps
- Bluetooth: v4.0
- SoC: Snapdragon S4 Pro
- CPU: 1.5GHX quad-core Krait
- GPU: Adreno 320
- RAM: 2 GB
- Wifi Charge: YES
- OS: 4.3 Jellybean
Nexus 7 (2012)
- Price: $199+
- Display: 7.02 inch IPS LCD
- Screen Res: 1280 x 800 (216 ppi)
- Battery: 4,325 mAh
- Storage: 8 GB or 16 GB
- Rear Camera: N/A
- Video Capture: 720p
- Bluetooth: v3.0
- SoC: NVIDIA Tegra 3
- CPU: 1.2GHZ quad-core Cortex A9
- GPU: ULP GeForce
- RAM: 1 GB
- Wifi Charge: NO
- OS: 4.1 Jellybean (upgrade able)
Rear Facing Camera
This version now comes with a 5 MP rear facing camera. Unfortunately there is no LED flash for low light situations.
Now you can record using that new rear facing camera in full 1080 HD (30 fps)
Improved Audio with Stereo Speakers with Surround sound, powered by Fraunhofer
The Nexus 7 will be launching with the latest version of Jellybean 4.3. Some of the features included are:
- Custom Profiles: Although the Kindle Fire has had this feature it is now native with Jellybean. You can setup custom profiles for multiple users, set storage limits, and even block apps.
- HD YouTube Playback: Although this is related more to the hardware – you can now finally watch YouTube in full 1080 HD quality!
- Better Auto Complete: Whether your dialing a number or typing on the keyboard Google is stating they have improved the auto complete feature with 4.3.
You can check out all of the updated features at the Android website: Jellybean 4.3 Update
What Is Missing?
Unfortunately there are a few things missing although its not a big game changer.
Smaller Battery + Better Screen = Less Battery Life?
Although it states that you will get longer battery life early reviews say otherwise. Of course this is most likely due to the new screen and brightness of the device. (Source: Endgadget)
Still No External SD Card Slot
I’m not really sure why they don’t include a slot for the SD Card. Now with the Rear Facing Camera that’s now included it just would make more sense if they added it. But this seems to be the direction Google is sticking with!
Take a look at this cute ‘real-world’ use of the new Nexus 7 below to get an idea of the features for the new device:
Price and Availability
You can get toay July 30th. The 16GB Version is being sold for only $229.99! Currently only the Wi-fi only versions are available with LTE ones soon to be available. Order it online at the Google Play Store, Amazon.com, Tiger Direct, NewEgg and GameStop Or you can go to your favorite retailers like Best Buy Staples and Walmart.
Get it from Amazon today! Google Nexus 7 FHD Tablet (7-Inch, 16GB, Black) by ASUS
Resources from Around the Web
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