INTERNET GIANT Google's new Nexus 7 tablet will be released in the UK on 28 August, Taiwanese hardware firm Asus has confirmed.
At an event in London on Thursday Asus confirmed the 28 August release date for the new Nexus 7, the date retailer Ebuyer had previously been touting. This seemingly will be the date that the tablet will start shipping from the Google Play store, although the website is still showing just a holding page for the device.
It's unclear whether all retailers will start shipping on the device 28 August, with PC World still showing that the tablet will be available on 13 September. However, it looks like some online shops have taken note, as Very.co.uk had previously said it was taking preorders for the 4G Nexus 7 model with a promised a shipping date of 9 August - that is, today - but this listing has since been removed.
Asus also reaffirmed the tablet's pricing, with the new Nexus 7 16GB model set to cost £199, and the higher specification 32GB model £239.
That's more expensive that last year's Nexus 7, but it's reflected in the tablet's more impressive specifications. Google's new Nexus 7 tablet features the highest resolution display on a 7in device at 1920x1200, with a quad-core 1.5GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon processor and Google's Android 4.3 Jelly Bean mobile operating system. This latest iteration of Android adds a handful of new features to the device, including restricted profiles, Bluetooth Smart and Open GLS 3.0 support.
The device also features 5MP and 1.2MP cameras, a 3,950mAh battery, 2GB of RAM, virtual surround sound and a skinny 8.7mm profile.
Check back soon for our hands-on review of the new Nexus 7 tablet. µ
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