On Wednesday Google confirmed the arrival of a new Nexus 7, subject to many leaks these days. Thinner and lighter, it comes with a screen resolution 1920 x 1200 pixels, 323 pixels per inch. It also introduces Android 4.3.
The announcement is not a surprise for those who follow this news and it was expected that Google will confirm the imminent launch of a second generation of Nexus 7 tablet, more powerful and equipped with a more defined screen, as the display changes to 1920 x 1200 pixels (323 pixels per inch), however the screen size still remains 7.02 inches.
The overall design is similar to first generation of Nexus 7 tablet, with a black back, soft touch, and a front on which the edges are glazed, shinier. Dimensions are scaled down: the screen edges are 2.75 mm only on the sides, and the thickness 1.8 mm, the idea being to encourage held in one hand. It also gains 50 grams on weight.
Inside Google promises a significantly faster configuration, with a Snapdragon S4 Pro quad 1.5GHz, supported by 2GB of RAM and Adreno graphics controller. The Nexus 7 v2 also embeds WiFi controllers 802.11n, Bluetooth 4.0 and NFC, as well as HDMI output. A version of 4G / LTE will also be available with arguably broad compatibility at frequency ranges: Google promises its tablet will be the only one able to use all existing LTE networks in the U.S., regardless of the operator.
Equipped with stereo speakers high, it uses a virtual surround system developed by the Fraunhofer Institute, which is capable of simulating a 5.1 speakers but through headphones. The tablet is also equipped with two image sensors (1.2 megapixel front, 5 megapixel camera on the back). Finally, it is natively compatible with the wireless charging.
The tablet will come with Android 4.3, which will also be available on the previous generation of Nexus devices (4, 7, 10 and Galaxy Nexus) as downloadable update.
The tablet will be available in three versions: 16GB WiFi at $229, 32GB WiFi at $269 and 32GB Wi-Fi + 4G / LTE for $349 dollars. It will be widely distributed in the United States this week and in a dozen other countries.