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Google Nexus 7 2 with Android 4.3 goes up for preorder ahead of unveiling

Updated More expensive than previous model
Wed Jul 24 2013, 12:20
Google Nexus 7 2 with Android 4.3 Jelly Bean

INTERNET GIANT Google's second generation Nexus 7 tablet has gone up for preorder ahead of its unveiling in San Francisco later today, telling us all we need to know about the Android tablet.

US retailer Best Buy has jumped the gun, and it has yet to pull down the webpage. This is good news for us, as it details all of the tablet's specifications, including its Android 4.3 Jelly Bean mobile operating system, which Google will also announce later today.

As expected, the so-called Google Nexus 7 2 will feature an upgraded 7in 1920x1200 HD display with a pixel density of 323 pixels-per-inch (ppi). This will be powered by a quad-core 1.5GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon Pro processor, 2GB of RAM and an Adreno 320 graphics chip.

According to the Best Buy listing, there's also 16GB or 32GB of internal storage, Bluetooth 4.0 and 802.11 a/b/g/n WiFi connectivity. The Google Nexus 7 2 apparently will also feature 5MP and 1.2MP cameras, an improvement from the original tablet which had just a front-facing camera, and if the images are accurate it will look almost identical to its predecessor.

As well as the tablet's specifications, Best Buy reveals that the Nexus 7 2 will be more expensive than the original Google Nexus tablet. The 16GB model is priced at $229.99, $30 more expensive than the equivalent original model, and the 32GB model is priced at $269.99, a $20 price increase. However, as the original Google Nexus 7 was only available in 8GB and 16GB storage versions, so buyers will in fact be getting more for their money.

While the tablet's US pricing has been revealed, there's no word on its release date yet. UK availability details still remain a mystery too.

We'll be covering Google's Android event from 5pm UK time today, so check back for all the latest. µ


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