At a ‘breakfast with Sundar Pichai’ press event, Google officially announced the followup to the Nexus 7. Not much new was announced, as most of the device’s specs had been leaked the day before the event.
Google officially announced the follow up to the Nexus 7 Tuesday afternoon at an event in California.
The new Nexus 7 is a significant hardware refresh. It comes packed with a a 1.5GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro 8064 CPU, a Adreno 320 GPU,a 1920 x 1200 panel display at 323 PPI (much more than the iPad mini) capable of 1080p, HDMI output, 2GB of RAM, a rear-facing 5-megapixel camera to complement the front, NFC, stereo speakers, and built in LTE.
Google says battery life will clock in at 9 hours of HD playbook and 10 hours of web browsing.
These specs were no surprise to many, as most had been leaked before the launch.
The new Nexus 7 will be the first tablet on the market to support OpenGL ES: 3.0. Combined with the Snapdragon S4 Pro 8064 CPU and Adreno 320 GPU, this gives the Nexus 7 the ability to render graphics on par with early PS3/Xbox 360 games complete with lens flares and reflections.
The new Nexus 7 will be running Android 4.3 Jelly Bean. Google didn’t demonstrate a specific killer feature for the new OS, though showed off a variety of handy tweaks. There’s now support for multi-user settings, including restricted profiles for kids, and new updates for Bluetooth including something called Bluetooth Smart and Bluetooth low energy.
Google didn’t talk pricing at the event, but a leaked Best Buy flyer showed the 16GB model will cost $229.99 in the US and the 32GB model will come in at $269.99. The 64 GB LTE version will come in at $349. Google says the WiFi models will be available on June 30, and the LTE versions will be on the market “in the coming weeks”.
Source: Google livestream