The next Nexus 7 tablet is now out in the open, so let’s take a look at what’s in store for us. Diving right into it, let’s take a look at the official specs from Google’s website:
- 7.02” 1920×1200 HD IPS display (323 ppi)
- 1.2MP front facing, fixed focus
- 5MP rear facing, auto focus
- Dimensions: 114 x 200 x 8.65 mm
- Weight: 0.64lbs (290g) Wi-Fi, 0.66lbs (299g) LTE
- Battery: 3950 mAh. Up to 9 hours of battery life. Wireless charging built-in (Qi compatible)
- CPU: Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro, 1.5GHz
- GPU: Adreno 320, 400MHz
- Dual-band Wi-Fi (2.4G/5G) 802.11 a/b/g/n
- NFC (Android Beam) and Bluetooth 4.0
- 2GB RAM
- GPS, Gyroscope, and Accelerometer
- Stereo speakers (vs mono on the original Nexus 7)
- Choose 16GB or 32GB internal storage
As you can see the rumored specs weren’t too far off. The next Nexus 7 will have a better screen (1920×1200 vs 1280×720), better speakers (stereo vs mono), and drop Nvidia in favor of Qualcomm and Adreno for the CPU and GPU. Furthermore, the next Nexus 7 will have 2GB of RAM and a rear facing 5MP camera.
Unfortunately, there isn’t expandable storage as there is no micro SD card slot, which could be a deal breaker for some. The Nexus 7 will begin shipping on July 30th starting at $229 for the 16GB version, $269 for the 32GB model, and $349 for the LTE version.
For those of you that want a mini-hdmi port, there is a new solution for you. Google announced Chromecast, which is a HDMI streaming solution for televisions. This means you can plug in the device to your TV’s HDMI port then use your tablet to Steam media to your TV wirelessly. It currently has a price tag of $35 on the play store.
Google additionally introduced the Android 4.3 update, which includes low energy Blu Tooth as well as OpenGl ES 3.0, which brings better lighting and shadow effects for developers. The android 4.3 update will also roll out for the Nexus 4, Nexus 10, original Nexus 7, and the Galaxy Nexus soon.