Google and ASUS have formally announced the much awaited new Nexus 7 tablet with full 1080p HD display. The new ASUS Google Nexus 7 tablet also is the first device with Android 4.3 Jelly Bean update running on it out of the box. The new Nexus 7 tablet is significant improvement over the first Nexus 7 in terms of core hardware, camera, weight and mobile operating system entirely.
Google-ASUS team worked together to bring a 8.45 mm thin new Nexus 7 tablet weighing just 290 grams. This tablet will feature 7-inch touchscreen display with 1080p HD resolution natively. The Nexus 7 (2012 model) featured 1280×800 pixel resolution natively with pixel density of 216 pixels per inch. That has been bumped to 1920×1200 pixel resolution natively with pixel density of 323 pixels per inch.
ASUS has housed a quad-core 1.5 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon Pro along with 2 GB RAM. This is a major change over the NVIDIA Tegra 3 chipset with 1 GB RAM in the Nexus 7 (2012).
Google’s new Nexus 7 (2013) will feature dual-band WiFi support which was really expected since even Kindle Fire HD models have dual-band WiFi support. Google has provided the Android 4.3 Jelly Bean update running out of the box with several new features such as multi-user restricted profiles, Bluetooth Low Energy support, Hindi language support and several features mostly catering to overall performance improvement.
The tablet features the new Bluetooth 4.0 LE that will work nicely with the Bluetooth Smart support in the Android 4.3 Jelly Bean. Apart from that, there is HDMI output for connecting the tablet directly with a HD display. There will be near field communication support as well. Most importantly there will be wireless charging support.
Google has not revealed the actual battery capacity but mentioned that it can now support playback of HD video for 9 hours and 10 hours worth of web browsing.
The new Nexus 7 (2013) has the same 1.2 megapixel camera in the front for video chat and also a new 5 megapixel camera at the back for imaging. It also features SlimPort technology support that allow connecting the tablet to a larger display via HDMI, VGA or DisplayPort connectors.
Google will start selling the Nexus 7 (2013) from next week onwards starting $229 (Rs 13,750 approx.) for 16 GB Wi-Fi only model, $269 (Rs 16150 approx.) for 32 GB Wi-Fi model and $349 (Rs 20,950 approx.) for 32 GB 4G LTE supporting model for the US region.