Announced today at the Google Press Event is a new HD Nexus 7, running stock android 4.3. The HD Nexus7 sports a sleeker and thinner profile. While keeping the original 7.02” screen size, the new display has been upgraded from 1280×800 to a full 1920×1200 high resolution screen. Pixels per inch have been increased from 216 to 323. Google claims it now has the highest resolution screen in the 7” tablet market. The new Nexus 7 has a smaller bezel and manages to shave off 1.8mm of depth. They also cut 50 grams off the weight. Dual stereo speakers with virtual surround will hopefully bring a nice upgrade from the less than stellar sound of the original Nexus 7.
Google has really been promoting Hangouts and Google+. I find it very odd that they didn’t upgrade the 1.2MP front facing camera. The good news is they did include a rear 5MP camera, something lacking from its predecessor.
The Nexus 7 has a 1.5Ghz Snapdragon S4Pro, the same processor as the Nexus 4. The Nexus7 features 2GB of RAM, which is a full 1GB upgrade, speeding up an already quick browsing and multitasking android device. On the networking end, the Nexus 7 can connect via Dual band Wi-Fi (802.11 a/b/g/n) Bluetooth 4.0.
Google is also releasing an unlocked 4G LTE version of the Nexus 7 for multi data providers. An included HDMI Output jack lets you connect the Nexus 7 to external displays. Wireless charging can be achieved via any compatible Qi wireless charger. The battery has been upgraded for an extra hour of performance, up to 9 hours of 1080p playback on a single charge. So far BestBuy in the US has the Nexus 7 priced at $269.99 for the 32GB version, and $229.99 for the 16GB. It looks like a great upgrade for an already fantastic product.
Android 4.3 Jelly Bean is rolling out as soon as today, so get updating!