Google Announces the new Nexus 7, Quad-Core, HD Screen for $230

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The original Google Nexus 7 was unarguably one of the most widely acclaimed gadgets of 2012. Among the numerous reasons of its success, was the fact that it came at a price tag which made it accessible to almost everybody.

Now, after one year, Google has made the successor to the Nexus 7 official. The new Nexus 7 comes with several new, important features, including a better and more portable design, better internals, a hugely-better display and rear-camera.

The display of the original Nexus 7 was already fine with a resolution of 800 x 1280 pixels but Google has upped it even further, monumentally, to 1200 x 1920 pixels. Protection is carried out by Corning Gorilla Glass.

It comes with radically improved hardware now. The storage options have been made better, from 8 and 16 GB versions to 16 and 32 GB. The amount of RAM is also increased to 2 GB from 1. As for the processor, the new Nexus 7 comes with a new quad-core SnapDragon S4 Pro processor, clocked at 1.5Ghz on a Krait CPU, up from a Nvidia Tegra 3 quad-core processor.

Last year’s Nexus 7 came with only a front-camera as a rear one might have increased costs. This year, that was possible so the new Nexus 7 boasts a 5 megapixel camera at the back, capable of doing 1080p Full HD video. To be honest, a rear-camera on a tablet doesn’t make much sense but its definitely better than having nothing at all.

The tablet is also much more portable. Its a full 50g lighter and 1.8mm thinner than last year’s offering. The bezels are also trimmed down by 2.75mm.

Here are the specifications of the tablet:

  • Latest Android 4.3 Jelly Bean
  • 7 inch display with resolution of 1200 x 1920 pixels
  • Corning Gorilla Glass protection and 10-point touchscreen
  • 8.7 mm thick
  • 290g heavy
  • 1.5 Ghz quad-core SnapDragon S4 Pro processor and Adreno 320 GPU
  • 2 GB RAM and 16/32 GB non-expandable storage
  • 5 megapixel rear-camera with 1080p Full HD video
  • 1.2 megapixel front-camera
  • Dual-band Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0, microUSB 2.0, NFC, HDMI
  • Support for Wireless Charging and Google Wallet
  • 3950 mAh battery
  • Available in Black

The new Nexus 7 is a bit pricier compared to the last year’s offering. The 16 GB version costs $230 now while the 32 GB is available for $270. That’s more expensive compared to last year’s tablets which costs $200 (8 GB) and $250 (16 GB). But you simply can’t ignore the fact that this year’s models come with twice the storage capacity, much, much better power under the hood and a monumentally better display. And because of these, the price difference is more than justified.

The new Nexus 7 will hit the markets worldwide in the starting of the next month. The best all-round 7 inch slate on the market just got even better!

At its announcement, Google called the original Nexus 7 the tablet which started the domination of Android in the tablet scene. Will the new Nexus 7 turn that domination into an undisputed lead until the arrival of its successor? That remains to be seen.


  • Asghar Ali

    this sucks, I bought it last week :(

    • Saad

      You sure its the newer Version ? o.O

      • Muhammad Zohaib Rizwani

        I think he means he bought the old version last week and now there’s a new version which sucks :P

        • Ali Salman

          LOL…how u understood this :o

  • Usman Ali

    lol the writer is saying the price is HIGH. i mean u r writing a review at such a high level and commenting like this!! sir kindly do a fair comparison! last year 16gb was for $250 and this year its fr $230 so instead the price is even lower with more features. you are comparing the price of last years 8gb with this years 16gb. No offense but be a bit cautious before writing such things you are the No1 blog of Pakistan so Please maintain it.

    sincerely
    a die hard fan who is following you since 2008

    • ese writer honge to yahi hoga bhai its not written by amir atta.

    • Azeem Ullah Hasan

      I honestly couldn’t believe what I just read: “New Nexus 7 is a bit pricier compared to the last year’s offering” I’m talking about the base model. “comes with twice the storage capacity” there I’ve written it. Kindly learn to read (or atleast read) before commenting. Sorry that last part just got through.

  • Again non-expandable storage what is wrong with Asus and Google ?
    They don’t know how much huge size apps and games are now a days its modern era where 16/32 GB without storage expansion fails.

    • Muhammad Zohaib Rizwani

      No Nexus will have expandable storage google has been pretty clear with that, they prefer us to live in the cloud.

  • Bilal

    No extendable storage? Guess, it time to take out the OTG USB cable again :)

  • Saad Mahmood

    I AM DEFINITELY GONA BUY ONE !!!!! YEHAWWWW !!!!

  • Chicken

    Good to see that other tablets are emerging
    at least its pretty much affordable, unlike iApple :|

  • TaherNaqash

    would its gsm version be able to make calls/sms?

  • e7aan

    can i run win 8 on this tablet?

  • suleman ali

    I have discover Quadcore which has the same feautures (even better in some cases), while pricing rs 18000 only. 5000 mAH battery, 2 GB of ram, dual cameras i.e Front 1.4and back 3 megapixels,10 point touch screen, expandable storage already 16 gb,Quadcore, 8 inch, ips