Google unveils its next-gen Nexus 7 tablet

Zach Epstein

Nexus 7 Release Date
Nexus 7 Release Date

Try to act surprised: Google on Wednesday took the wraps off of its brand new next-generation Nexus 7 tablet. After a string of leaks and rumors that culminated with Best Buy prematurely putting up preorder pages, Google has finally made its second-generation Nexus 7 tablet official. In line with earlier reports, the new Asus-built slate features a 7-inch display with 1920 x 1200-pixel resolution, a quad-core 1.5GHz Snapdragon S4 Pro processor, Adreno 320 graphics, a 5-megapixel camera, 2GB of RAM, 16GB or 32GB of storage, optional 4G LTE, HDMI output, NFC, wireless charging support and the newly unveiled Android 4.3 Jelly Bean operating system.

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Google said that the new Nexus 7 tablet is 2 millimeters thinner than the first version. It’s also a bit narrower and 50 grams lighter, making it more comfortable to hold. It also has dual stereo speakers and virtual surround sound through the speakers or connected headphones.

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Along with the impressive new specs, the Nexus 7 also gets a slight price bump compared to earlier models: The 16GB Nexus 7 costs $229.99 while the 32GB model gets a new $269.99 price tag or $349.99 with 4G LTE.

Google’s new Nexus 7 is available for preorder beginning Tuesday and the Wi-Fi versions launch on July 30th.

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