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Google announces new Nexus 7, brings better hardware

Google is not very good as keeping secrets (Nexus Q was the best kept secret ever). As expected Google has announced the first upgrade of its 7-inch Nexus 7 tablet. Nexus 7 is one of the best selling devices in that form-factor, one of the factors was aggressive pricing. The way Nexus 7 shook the world, Apple was ‘forced’ to shrink the iPad to create a mini me.

It’s about time when Nexus 7 needed an update and the new Nexus 7 is leaner and meaner in every sense.

Tech Specs:

Screen: 7.02″ 1920×1200 HD display (323 ppi) 1080p HD IPS, scratch-resistant Corning glass
Camera: 1.2MP front facing, fixed focus (5MP rear facing, auto focus)
Size: 114 x 200 x 8.65 mm
OS: Android 4.3
Wireless: Dual-band Wi-Fi (2.4GHz/5GHz) 802.11 a/b/g/n
Bluetooth 4.0
NFC (Android Beam)
Weight: 0.64 lbs (290 g)
Audio Output: Stereo speakers (Surround sound, powered by Fraunhofer) 3.5mm audio connector
Memory: 16 GB internal storage (actual formatted capacity will be less), 2 GB RAM
Ports: Micro USB, SlimPort enabled
Battery: 3,950 mAH (Up to 9 hours of active use), Wireless Charging built-in (Qi compatible)
CPU: Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro, 1.5GHz
GPU: Adreno 320, 400MHz

When compared with older model, which Google now calls Nexus 7 (2012), the new Nexus 7 has a far better display (making it a better tablet than the iPad Mini), the previous version did not have any rear-facing camera, dimension wise its thinner yet bigger. It has lost almost 50g of weight. It has a bigger battery and gives 9 hours of battery juice.

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The biggest change is the introduction of the new version of Android  (still Jelly Beans) 4.3 which as usual brings many new features and advancements. The devices are available on Google Play store for $229 for 16GB and $269 for 32 GB wifi models.

Swapnil Bhartiya

A free software fund-a-mental-ist and Charles Bukowski fan, Swapnil also writes fiction and tries to find cracks in the paper armours of proprietary companies. Swapnil has been covering Linux and Free Software/Open Source since 2005.

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