Google announces new Nexus 7 tablet

Today’s the day for Google’s “Breakfast” event. Android head Sundar Pichai got started by talking about the booming growth the industry has been seeing in tablet sales.

android-tabSince introducing the Nexus 7, adoption has skyrocketed, and we’re reaching the point where more people will be buying tablets than computers. As such, Google wants to make sure to stay ahead of the curve, and a new Nexus 7 is just how it intends to do so.

The new Nexus 7 has a seven-inch 1920 x 1200 display, boasting a 30% wider color gamut than the original. It runs a quad-core Snapdragon S4 Pro, has front and rear cameras, and gets stereo speakers.

This year’s version of the tablet is 2 millimeters thinner than the original, and with side bezels that are 3 millimeters thinner on each edge. The new Nexus 7 also sheds some mass, coming in 50 grams lighter.

It moves from 1GB to 2GB of RAM, and battery improvements should deliver an extra hour of life out of each charge. LTE support also gets a big overhaul, and the LTE version of the tablet will support AT&T, T-Mobile, and even Verizon’s networks in the States.

So, what’s all this going to run you? There are three versions of this new Nexus 7, a 16GB and 32GB WiFi edition, and a 32GB LTE model. Those three will be priced at about $230, $270, and $350, respectively.

The WiFi models will go up for sale on July 30, both online and in retail stores. The LTE version will be available a few weeks later. As for international availability, Google mentions that sales will soon follow in Canada, Europe, South Korea, and Australia, with even more markets coming later.

Source: Google (Play Store)

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