Google's Nexus 7 is now official
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On Wednesday the new Nexus 7 was introduced to the world via live stream. We reported about the upcoming release a little while ago, now let's see how accurate the leaks were.
Let's start with the things we can easily spot just by looking at it. The new version still has a 7-inch display, however it is now in Full HD with a 1,920 x 1,200 pixel resolution. The dimensions have changed a bit as well. It is now thinner, weighs less (by 50 grams), has two speakers and a 5MP camera at the back. However it still lacks an SD card slot.
Now for the things we can't see right away: The quad-processor has been upgraded to a Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro, clocked at 1.5 GHz, and there are 2 GB of RAM available now. For connectivity the Nexus 7 relies on either LTE or 802.11n-WLAN, this time also in the 5 GHz-band. NFC and Bluetooth have stayed the same from its predecessor.
The new Nexus 7 ships with Android 4.3. The WLAN models will come with 16 GB and 32 GB of local storage and cost $229 and $269 respectively. They are said to be available in the U.S. on July 30. There is no estimate on the availability of the LTE version of the Nexus 7, but the price tag will be at $349 according to Google.
One caveat for buyers of the new Nexus 7: Google does not use a different name, they simply call it Nexus 7, so there might be some confusion among customers. An easily distinguishable feature is the writing on the back of the device. If you can see Nexus spelled in landscape format (see picture below on the right), it is indeed the new Nexus 7.