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Google unveils second-gen Nexus 7 tablet with Android 4.3 Jelly Bean

Highest resolution 7in tablet in the world
Wed Jul 24 2013, 17:37

INTERNET GIANT Google unveiled its second generation Nexus 7 tablet on Wednesday, which it claims is the world's highest resolution 7in tablet.

We already knew pretty much everything about Google's second Nexus 7 tablet ahead of today's announcement thanks to Best Buy, which put the tablet up for preorder hours ahead of Google's launch event.

Improving on the original Google Nexus 7, the second generation model that is also built by Asus features a higher resolution 7in 1920x1200 HD display with 323ppi pixel density.

Google Nexus 7 2  has a full HD 7in screen

Google VP of Android Product Management Hugo Barra said, "Having a crisp and bright display makes all the difference, and that's where the Nexus 7 shines. It's the world's highest resolution 7in tablet."

The high-end specifications continue throughout, with the Nexus 7 2 also boasting a quad-core 1.5GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon Pro processor, 2GB of RAM and Google's latest Android 4.3 Jelly Bean mobile operating system.

Android 4.3 Jelly Bean is an incremental update, but it delivers a handful of new features. These include multi-user support with restricted profiles, support for Bluetooth Smart technology and OpenGL ES 3.0 support.

"This is a big deal for game developers, and it really raises the bar for photo realistic games on Android," Barra added.

Google Nexus 7 2 has a 5MP rear-facing cmaera

Software aside, the Google Nexus 7 2 also improves on its predecessor with dual 5MP and 1.2MP cameras, as the original featured just a front-facing camers. There are models with 16GB and 32GB storage, up from 8GB and 16GB, along with virtual surround sound, 4G LTE support and an improved battery that Google claims can handle up to nine hours of HD video. What's more, the tablet is 2mm thinner than last year's model and 50g lighter.

Google's 16GB and 32GB second-gen Nexus 7 tablets have been priced at $229.99 and $269.99, respectively, with a 32GB LTE model set to arrive on shelves for $349 ahead of its release on 30 July.

There's no word on UK availability yet, with Google vaguely saying that the tablet will start shipping "in the coming weeks." µ

 

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