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Google Announces New Nexus 7, Brings Full HD Display and Android 4.3

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This morning at Google’s event in SF, the company has announced a brand new Nexus 7 tablet. The tablet is light and was designed to be more portable, according to Hugo Barra.

It features the same 7″ display, but comes with a higher resolution (1920 x 1200), back-facing camera, dual stereo speakers and Fraunhofer audio technology. It ships with a quad-core 1.5GHz Snapdragon S4 Pro processor, 2GB of RAM, dual-band WiFi and there is a 4G LTE variant for AT&T, Verizon and T-Mobile on a single device. Not multiple variants for different carriers. It also packs in wireless charging.¬†Battery performance has been increased as well, going up a full hour of usage.¬†

For students, Google announced Google Play Text Books, a way for students to get their books purely digital, no more 400 page door stops. It will launch in August.

The tablet comes shipped with Android 4.3, the first device to do so.

The device is priced at $229 for the 16GB WiFi model starting next tuesday on July 30. The 32GB LTE model will be available in the coming weeks for $349. Finally, the 32GB WiFi model will be priced at $269.

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  • SirCharles

    Does it have MIC-in through the Headphone jack??? The last Nexus 7 did not and it is needed. Thanks.

    • Kyle

      I definitely need this too, but I can’t find anyone to confirm this.

  • JMonkeYJ

    excited for the new N7, but i gotta say, that ad is pretty terrible. not nearly at the level of their previous ads.

  • Patrick Chapman

    Just when I thought I couldn’t love Google any more than I do….

  • Venf3

    Is that Dashclock in the last shot of the tablet at the end?

  • coolsilver

    Damn the LTE version is expensive. But the data is nice to have when using PYK3L Radar or Radarscope, also Ingress

  • joejoe5709

    Ah man… I took advantage of a deal on a Nexus7 hoping I wouldn’t regret it. Dual speakers, dual band W-Fi, a rear facing camera and an HD screen. Dang. They literally fixed every quibble I have about the device and fixed it with a minimal bump in price. Throw in a faster processor and double the RAM for added bonus and you can consider me drooling. Now I gotta come up with a way to sell mine for about the same price I got it for and come up with another $80-100. This will be today’s mission.

    • michael arazan

      Too bad Google doesn’t have a turn in an old nexus device for a discount on a new nexus device

  • jgrizz13

    The bezel on the OG N7 was perfect for holding it sideways to play games.

  • JohnThackr

    The LTE enabled one has WCDMA radios as well, right? Or did they not mention that? It would be interesting to know if it can be used with T-Mobile and AT&T when off of their LTE networks. (I assume no CDMA radios for Verizon 3G.)

  • A.J.

    So if the Moto X isn’t the default Nexus phone for this year, there is a possibility that the next Nexus phone will be able to work on ALL networks since they are doing it with the Nexus 7? If so that would be great.

    • DoctorJB

      Phone and tablet are slightly different. There are 3 different modem types in modern phones (gsm, CDMA, LTE). This tablet likely only has one (as opposed to most phones that have either gsm+LTE or CDMA+LTE).

  • Eric

    YES, they ditched tegra that was such a pos.

  • M3D1T8R

    I’ve loved my N7 for almost a year now. Was looking forward to this as a possible upgrade, chance to hand the old one down to my wife. The much needed RAM boost, and higher res seem to be the biggest upgrades. But I wonder how the screen tech will actually look (N7 is a bit washed out). And stereo speakers is great…but they are apparently still not on the front where they belong, the biggest letdown (same on Moto X). Will wait for reviews, but not excited as I wanted to be.

  • Detonation

    The resolution bump is enough for me to upgrade. I picked up a Nook HD+ for the gf when they were cheap and have been jealous of the high res since.

    However, I have learned my lesson with Google…never buy devices at launch. Gonna wait a few weeks or a month, see if they play games with the prices and versions again first.

    • jdhas

      Exactly my thinking. Possibly a 64GB version just in time for the holidays?

      • Eric

        I really really doubt that.

      • hkklife

        Google will NEVER allow a 64GB version of anything Nexus. That would undermine their whole plan of being in cahoots with the wireless carriers to force you to use as much data as possible by streaming. Same reason you’ll never see expandable storage on a Nexus device.

        • Caleb Loop

          I think its more so people will use googles cloud services

          • HitokiriX

            Definitely.

  • shooter50

    Anyone know if the screen looks washed out like on the original N7?

  • ddh819

    vzw 4g? tempting

    • coolsilver

      I already have the original galaxy tab on 3G with them… upgrade? Sure!

  • gverrault

    I’m not 100% clear on this. Does the 16gb $229 model have LTE or will the LTE model and pricing be released later?

    • Xious

      The 16GB model is wifi only. The 32GB will have the LTE option for $349.

    • Prince Campbell III

      There is a 16gb wifi model ($229), a 32gb wifi model ($269), and a 32gb LTE model ($349)

  • chris420o

    holy chin n forehead batman

  • timrcm

    That thing’s bezel has a mind of its own… no thank you, even at this low price point.

  • Brian Kircher

    Look at how much wasted space there is on the screen!!! People give Motorola a hard time for having a large bezel or chin if u will, but dang this thing has so much wasted space top and bottom, I bet if they were to make this edge to edge it would be close to 9 inches. Even the Old Nexus 7 doesnt have that much wasted space.

    • Tyler Durden

      edge to edge…..and nowhere to hold it

    • http://www.jaxidian.org/update teh Jax

      Don’t you get it? It’s now more phone-shaped! This way, those of us not rich enough to buy the Galaxy Note 3 can have an identically sized and shaped device to hold up to our heads!

    • JohnThackr

      According to the published specs, it went from 198.5 x 120 x 10.56 mm to 200.7 x 114.3 x 7.6 mm. That’s about 6 mm narrower left to right, but 2 mm taller top to bottom (and quite a bit thinner). Same screen size (7″, 16:10). According to that, there’s definitely *less* wasted space than the Old N7.

      I agree that it doesn’t quite look that way in the photos, but the numbers say less wasted space.

  • Karl

    Will there be a comparison here between the new and old? Considering low cost of the old one now, do the specs justify the extra expense?

    • Zach Armstrong

      If your were planing on getting the old one Google already pulled it and its no longer available for sale

  • sawilhelm

    *drool*

  • http://www.jaxidian.org/update teh Jax

    Is that 1920×1200 resolution correct? It’s not 1080?

    • FknTwizted

      its 1080.

    • Tyler Durden

      it’s even better than 1080p

    • jessem1323

      It is indeed 1920×1200

    • Detonation

      1080p = 1920×1080. You get 120 extra pixels. 16:9 video will just play with black bars on the top and bottom.

      • joejoe5709

        Hmmm… I’m not sure I like that. Doesn’t seem worth the extra bragging rights.

        • Detonation

          Extra bragging rights over what? It’s a big improvement over the first gen’s 1280×800 res.

          • joejoe5709

            1200 over 1080

          • JMonkeYJ

            the original N7 had the same aspect ratio, so you’re not losing any real estate compared to it.

  • sc0rch3d

    thought i was going to regret my “old” N7 purchase a few months back…not so much now