by Anton Shilov
07/24/2013 | 11:56 PM
Asustek Computer and Google on Wednesday introduced second-generation Nexus 7” media tablet. The new slate is powered by completely new system-on-chip as well as new retina-class display that features the highest resolution among any 7” tablets. The new slate will be the first product to ship with second-gen Google Nexus 7”.
"Together with Asus, we took what you loved about the original Nexus 7 and made it even better. It is now thinner, lighter and faster, with the world's highest resolution screen in a 7” tablet. Whether you are sitting at home, in a coffee shop or at the airport, the new Nexus 7 is powerful, portable and made for what matters to you,” said Sundar Pichai, senior vice president of Android, Chrome and Apps at Google.
Second-generation Google Nexus 7” media tablet is powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro APQ8064 application processor (with four Qualcomm Krait general-purpose cores, Adreno 320 graphics engine and dual-channel LPDDR memory controller) and 2GB of memory. The tablet is equipped with 16GB or 32GB NAND flash storage, 5MP rear camera, 1.2MP front camera, Bluetooth 4.0, Wi-Fi dual-band (802.11b/g/n @ 2.4GHz and 5GHz), NFC, microUSB 2.0 port, 4G/LTE (select models only) and so on. The new table features 3,950 mAh rechargeable Lithium-ion polymer battery.
One of the most important innovations of the second-gen Google Nexus 7” is its display. The full HD display is packed with more than 2.3 million pixels for a stunning 323ppi (pixels-per-inch). Asus TruVivid technology improves color clarity and brightness, while IPS display technology gives ultra-wide 178° viewing angles. Scratch-resistant Corning Glass and a durable soft-touch exterior ensures the new Nexus 7 is also incredibly robust, while the 8.65mm thickness and low 290g weight mean the new Nexus 7 is extremely portable.
The new Nexus 7 is the first tablet to ship with Android 4.3, the latest version of the world's most popular mobile operating system. Tablets are perfect for sharing with others and Android 4.3 introduces restricted profiles that, for example, allow parents to limit children’s’ access to mature content. Likewise, retail stores can use tablets to show off product information and shops can use tablets as point of sale systems. Android 4.3 also supports Bluetooth Smart technology, opening the door to mobile apps that connect to new devices like fitness sensors.
“After the success of the first Nexus 7, we are very excited to continue our partnership with Google with this new model. The new Nexus 7 puts the very latest mobile technology in users’ hands and sets a new benchmark for tablets,” said Jonney Shih, the chairman of Asustek Computer.
Nexus 7 starts at $229 and is available in the U.S. starting on or around July30th at Google Play, Amazon, Best Buy, B&H Photo, GameStop, Home Shopping Network, J&R, Office Depot, Office Max, Radio Shack, Staples, and Walmart.
Nexus 7 16GB with Wi-Fi costs $229 and Nexus 7 32GB with Wi-Fi costs $269. Nexus 7 with 32GB storage with Wi-Fi and LTE will be available in the coming weeks and will cost $349.