By Alexandra Burlacu | Jul 26, 2013 04:48 AM EDT
The new ASUS-made Google Nexus 7 is officially out and it's as exciting as expected, complete with Android 4.3 Jelly Bean on board.
The new Nexus 7 tablet may have been the worst kept secret ever, as virtually all details leaked before Google got to the official unveiling. Nonetheless, the fact that it wasn't such a big surprise doesn't make this tablet any less newsworthy. It's a big improvement over the original Nexus 7 and it keeps the same reasonable price tag.
Google followed the same pattern as last year, when it introduced its first Nexus 7 along with a new Android Jelly Bean. This year, the company unveiled its new-generation Nexus 7 along with a new software iteration - Android 4.3 Jelly Bean.
The new Nexus 7 is already available for pre-order and it comes in three flavors. A 16GB Wi-Fi-only model will cost $229, a 32GB Wi-Fi-only version will be available for $269, while a 32GB unlocked 4G LTE model will sport a $349 price tag.
Google's second-generation Nexus 7 sports the same 7.02-inch display size as the first model, but boasts a higher resolution: 1,920 x 1,200 pixels at a pixel density of 323 pixels per inch (ppi). The Android team touts it as the "world's highest-resolution 7-inch tablet."
Other key specs and features include a 5-megapixel rear camera, a 1.2-megapixel front shooter, a Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 processor clocked at 1.5GHz, 2GB of RAM, NFC, Bluetooth 4.0, support for dual-band 802.11 a/b/g/n Wi-Fi and wireless charging using an Qi-compatible charger. In terms of graphics, the new Nexus 7 boasts an Adreno 320 GPU, which is the same graphics chip found on the Galaxy S4 and is four times faster than the chip found on the original Nexus 7.
Moreover, the new Nexus 7 is also the first device to support the latest version of OpenGL ES:3.0 for accelerated graphics, which could allow the tablet to sport higher frame rates than other devices using the same Snapdragon S4 processor.
The new ASUS-made Google Nexus 7 will ship on July 30 in the U.S., with an international launch "in the coming weeks."
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