Google has updated its Nexus line with the new version of the Nexus 7 tablet. With a design similar to the original Nexus 7, the new model is also made by Asus and is enhanced with new hardware features and the latest Android 4.3. The 7.02-inch 1920×1080 Full HD (323ppi) IPS touchscreen is probably the most eye-catching feature of this next gen Nexus tablet.
The Full HD Nexus 7 also received quite a huge specs bump, sporting Qualcomm’s SnapDragon S4 Pro 1.5GHz CPU with Adreno 320 GPU, and 2GB of RAM. While the original Nexus 7 has a 1.2 Megapixel front-facing camera, the 2nd gen packs a 5 Megapixel rear-facing camera for taking photos and videos. The tablet supports dual-band 2.4G/5G WiFi, Bluetooth 4.0, GPS and NFC connectivity, and it is compatible with Qi wireless charging standard. The 3950mAh battery can provide up to 9 hours of active use. Other features include stereo speaker with Fraunhofer-powered surround sound, microUSB port, SlimPort support,and a range of built-in sensors such as gyroscope, accelerometer.
Despite all these specs bump and hardware enhancement, the new Nexus 7 is slimmer at 8.65mm (compare to 10.56mm of original Nexus 7) and and lighter at 290g (vs. 340g). 16GB and 32GB versions are available and optional 4G LTE model is also available. The prices are $229 for 16GB and $295 for 32GB.