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New Google Nexus 7 tablet unveiled, sporting Android 4.3

New Google Nexus 7 tablet unveiled, sporting Android 4.3

The new Google Nexus 7

Google has unveiled a new version of the Google Nexus 7 that sports an ultra high-resolution screen and improved battery life, and debuts Android 4.3.

Building on the cut-price success of the first Nexus 7, this new 7in tablet has improvements right across the board but still maintains an impressively low price. At $229, it's $30 more than the original Nexus 7 was when it launched but this is still some 30 percent cheaper than the cheapest iPad mini ($329).

“The Nexus 7 launched a year ago and it’s been a great success,” Hugo Berra, Google Vice President of Android Product Management said at the unveiling. “Today, together with Asus we are announcing the new Nexus 7.”

He added: “We are staying focused on exactly the same things that made the original Nexus 7 so successful: portability, performance and of course the power of Google.”

Improvements on the new Google Nexus 7 include the highest resolution display for a 7in device, with a Full HD-surpassing 1920 x 1200 pixels. This 323 ppi pixel density still pales in comparison to the sharpness of the latest phones, which have 1080p pixels on displays under five inches, but it's nonetheless class leading for a tablet.

Battery life has also increased from 7hrs to 10hrs while the processor has jumped to a quad-core 1.5GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro with Adreno 320 graphics. Google claims this processor is 80 percent faster than that of the previous Nexus 7.

A completely new addition is a 5MP rear camera, which joins the 1.2MP unit on the front, while stereo speakers will help to improve audio. Other features include 2GB of RAM, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0, NFC, wireless charging and the option for a 4G connection.

On the software side, Android 4.3 has improved multi-user options with restrictive content features offering parents the chance to limit what their children can access. Under the bonnet improvements like Bluetooth Smart and Open GL graphics support also make it into this update.

The new Google Nexus 7 will be available on July 30th in America while other countries, including the UK, Germany, Japan, Canada, Spain, France, Australia, and South Korea, will get it in the coming weeks.

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Crunch77 24th July 2013, 20:27 Quote
I want this in 10" to replace my Galaxy Tab 10.1, which Samsung seems to have abandonded.
faugusztin 24th July 2013, 20:34 Quote
I am looking forward to both new Nexus 7 and Chromecast, unfortunately i am sure it will take at least 2-3 months for these to arrive to central Europe :(.
rollo 24th July 2013, 20:42 Quote
Looks good. Will reduce the retail of old nexus though might be time to pick up a bargin for those wanting one.
Cerberus90 24th July 2013, 20:53 Quote
I guess it's going to be a straight conversion from dollars to pounds on the price. Can't see it being the £149 from current exchange rates.

Currys/PC World are already selling original nexus 7 for £149, I really can't see it coming down any more than that, it's just too good a product, they don't need to discount it any more to sell it.


*EDIT*

Wow, surprised to see the 16GB one at only £199, 32GB one supposedly £239. Seems like a huge bargain for what your getting.
faugusztin 24th July 2013, 23:56 Quote
@Cerberus90: don't forget to add VAT, because you clearly forgot that. 179 GBP with VAT is the price equal to $229 before sales tax. Plus the price increase due the extra yeah of warranty in most of EU.
kenco_uk 25th July 2013, 00:11 Quote
It looks rather spiffy, but I'd like to find out if the charging/docking dots are the same as the current Nexus7.
fdbh96 25th July 2013, 01:16 Quote
I wish they'd make one out of aluminium. Plastic just feels rubbish in comparison.

Otherwise great specs for a great price, but I cant see it drawing away people from the ipad mini.
bdigital 25th July 2013, 09:47 Quote
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Originally Posted by Crunch77
I want this in 10" to replace my Galaxy Tab 10.1, which Samsung seems to have abandonded.

Nexus 10 no good for you? Im very happy with mine
eVoPhantom 25th July 2013, 10:25 Quote
Off to the states in the next 2 months anybody envisage an issue picking up one of these or chromecast? I.e services not working on them etc.
magnetobob 25th July 2013, 10:38 Quote
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Originally Posted by fdbh96
I wish they'd make one out of aluminium. Plastic just feels rubbish in comparison.

Otherwise great specs for a great price, but I cant see it drawing away people from the ipad mini.

Guessing it just for the price and maybe weight can't say I ever felt my nexus 7 feeling cheap though
steveo_mcg 25th July 2013, 10:40 Quote
Phew, nearly bought the old one last week. I'd have been kicking myself paying full price for tech on borrowed time.
tonyd223 25th July 2013, 11:14 Quote
still waiting for a new Nexus 10... if I buy a new Nexus 7 I'd need to buy a smaller phone (Galaxy Note)
mrlongbeard 25th July 2013, 11:52 Quote
Cool, soon be right to purchase an old one cheap
rollo 25th July 2013, 13:26 Quote
That's what a few people I know are waiting for expecting second hand prices to drop sub £80 for 16gb.
lysaer 25th July 2013, 14:27 Quote
I love my nexus 7 and will definitely be buying one of these, hopefully there is a 3/4g version

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M_D_K 25th July 2013, 15:05 Quote
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Originally Posted by faugusztin
@Cerberus90: don't forget to add VAT, because you clearly forgot that. 179 GBP with VAT is the price equal to $229 before sales tax. Plus the price increase due the extra yeah of warranty in most of EU.
Plus import duty, shipping to the UK etc... if it was as simple as converting the $ to £ then we would be quids in :).
defined 25th July 2013, 21:57 Quote
is there an SD card slot on this?
faugusztin 25th July 2013, 22:08 Quote
No defined, this is nothing but a receiver. You send your content through the compatible applications on other devices - Youtube, Google Music, Chrome... This is pretty much an Airplay alternative from Google.
droyden 25th July 2013, 23:14 Quote
Seems pre-order prices for these are £199 for 16GB and £239 for 32GB
Bindibadgi 26th July 2013, 03:26 Quote
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Originally Posted by defined
is there an SD card slot on this?

No, there never is on Nexus devices. Google wants you to use its cloud storage.
stuartwood89 28th July 2013, 13:37 Quote
Ugh a rear facing camera. One of the things I liked about the old Nexus 7 is that it didn't have one. I'm of the opinion that anyone who regularly uses a tablet to take photos (especially in crowds) is a gigantic c*ck.
Big_malc 28th July 2013, 14:10 Quote
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Originally Posted by stuartwood89
Ugh a rear facing camera. One of the things I liked about the old Nexus 7 is that it didn't have one. I'm of the opinion that anyone who regularly uses a tablet to take photos (especially in crowds) is a gigantic c*ck.

After watching a friend do this on holiday with his i Pad I have to agree with you :D
Cthippo 28th July 2013, 16:48 Quote
Any idea if there will be a GSM version? I could use something like this for work, but it would need to be cell capable,
kenco_uk 29th July 2013, 13:30 Quote
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Originally Posted by kenco_uk
It looks rather spiffy, but I'd like to find out if the charging/docking dots are the same as the current Nexus7.

It looks suspiciously like there are no charging dots and therefore no compatibility with the Asus Nexus dock. That's rather disappointing.
faugusztin 29th July 2013, 13:41 Quote
I guess it is because of the wireless charging support ?
Quote:
Finally, anyone who enjoyed the optional dock with the first Nexus 7 will be disappointed to see that it's MIA here. The new tablet does, however, offer Qi wireless charging out of the box. We tried it on multiple charging pads, including the Nokia Fatboy, Energizer dual pad and Samsung GS4 pad, and it worked perfectly every time.
kenco_uk 30th July 2013, 02:48 Quote
Tbh, that's really crap. I use my Nexus as a bedside alarm clock and the dock keeps it nice and nearly vertical. I can swipe down to keep my head down for another five minutes or swipe up when I've had enough of it bleeping its little heart out. I can also, at a glance, see how late I'm going to be.

The wireless charger makes it more 'laid flat'. Bloody useless, really.

Plus the fact the dock wasn't particularly cheap, either.
Bindibadgi 30th July 2013, 03:57 Quote
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Originally Posted by Cthippo
Any idea if there will be a GSM version? I could use something like this for work, but it would need to be cell capable,

An LTE version is out soon afaik.

For those who want a replacement 10" - Transformer Pad Infinity with 2560x display and Tegra 4 will be out soon.
IanW 30th July 2013, 07:47 Quote
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Originally Posted by Bindibadgi
An LTE version is out soon afaik.

For those who want a replacement 10" - Transformer Pad Infinity with 2560x display and Tegra 4 will be out soon.

European LTE support is now being denied. linky

I may have to go for an Ubuntu Edge phone instead.
Risky 30th July 2013, 12:59 Quote
Well unless Googgle fix the chronic Wifi problems the current Nexus 7 has under 4.2 and 4.3 I'd advise you to stay well away.
GMC 30th July 2013, 13:44 Quote
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Originally Posted by Risky
Well unless Googgle fix the chronic Wifi problems the current Nexus 7 has under 4.2 and 4.3 I'd advise you to stay well away.

What problems, debating buying one but not heard of problems...
steveo_mcg 30th July 2013, 14:30 Quote
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Originally Posted by kenco_uk
Tbh, that's really crap. I use my Nexus as a bedside alarm clock and the dock keeps it nice and nearly vertical. I can swipe down to keep my head down for another five minutes or swipe up when I've had enough of it bleeping its little heart out. I can also, at a glance, see how late I'm going to be.

The wireless charger makes it more 'laid flat'. Bloody useless, really.

Plus the fact the dock wasn't particularly cheap, either.

Mod a charge pad in to an easel type thing to hold the pad correctly?
Risky 30th July 2013, 16:10 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by GMC
What problems, debating buying one but not heard of problems...


Since 4.2 it's had a tendency to lose the connection while appearing to be connected requiring you to cycle the wifi. I think it's with weaker singal sources but I'm not an expert. May not be universal.
lysaer 1st August 2013, 01:30 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by Bindibadgi
An LTE version is out soon afaik.

I want one now Bindibadgi! Cash waiting make it happen!

Quote:
Originally Posted by Risky
Since 4.2 it's had a tendency to lose the connection while appearing to be connected requiring you to cycle the wifi. I think it's with weaker singal sources but I'm not an expert. May not be universal.

I have been using 4.2 for a while now and recently 4.3, all custom roms though and never had a single WiFi issue and I use my tablet pretty much 24/7 for work

Sent from my Nexus 7 using Tapatalk HD
Risky 1st August 2013, 02:52 Quote
I'm on stock ROM with OTA updates. If I root it I prob won't be able to pick up the work email (Good for Enterprise)
lysaer 1st August 2013, 11:42 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by Risky
I'm on stock ROM with OTA updates. If I root it I prob won't be able to pick up the work email (Good for Enterprise)

Why would rooting it affect your work email?

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Risky 1st August 2013, 11:47 Quote
Good for enterprise is very sniffy about the state of the device.
lysaer 2nd August 2013, 11:36 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by Risky
Good for enterprise is very sniffy about the state of the device.

You could try a root hider app.

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bdigital 2nd August 2013, 11:47 Quote
Just upgraded the Nexus 10 to 4.3 this morning. Not had time to test thoroughly yet but all seems well so far.
kenco_uk 2nd August 2013, 13:23 Quote
Aye, did my Nexus 7 last night, everything appears to have gone smoothly. It takes a while to install!
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