This is a big day for Google
. During its "Breakfast with Sundar Pichai" event, Google unveiled its second generation Nexus 7 tablet built by ASUS
(along with a few other announcements). The impending introduction of another Nexus 7 tablet was one of the worst kept secrets
on the web, but now that it's official, we can dismiss with the speculation and focus on the facts.
To start with, the 2013 model Nexus 7 is thinner, lighter, and faster than the original released last year. It also boasts a higher resolution display that's been bumped up to 1920x1200. though the 7-inch form factor remains. As for brand new features, it now has a 5-megapixel rear-facing camera, support for wireless charging, Bluetooth 4.0 LE (upgraded from 3.0), and 4G LTE support.
How does it compare with the original? Let's have a look:
||Nexus 7 (Second Generation)
|Nexus 7 (Original)
||Android 4.3 Jelly Bean
||Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean
||Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro, quad-core, 1.5GHz
||NVIDIA Tegra 3, quad-core, 1.2GHz
||7-inch IPS; 1920x1200; 323 PPI
||7-inch IPS; 1280x800; 216 PPI
||16GB / 32GB
||16GB / 32GB
||802.11n; Bluetooth 4.0 LE
||802.11n; Bluetooth 3.0
||Yes; wireless charging
||micro USB; HDMI (slim); 3.5mm
||micro USB; 3.5mm
||$230 (16GB); $270 (32GB); $350 (32GB, Wi-Fi + Cellular)
||$200 (16GB); $250 (32GB); $300 (Wi-Fi + Cellular)
The 2013 model Nexus 7 measures 0.3 inches (H) by 7.9 inches (W) by 4.5 inches (D) and weighs 11.2 ounces, compared to the original Nexus 7's dimensions of 0.4 inches (H) by 7.8 inches (W) by 4.7 inches (D) and 12 ounces.
One of the more interesting developments is the price. We've gotten used to subsequent generation tablets maintaining the same price point. The fourth generation iPad, for example, starts at $499, the same as every previous generation at launch. That isn't the case here. Google bumped up the price by $30 for the 16GB version, $20 for the 32GB model, and $50 for the Cellular SKU.
The new Nexus 7 will be available on July 30th in the U.S.