New Nexus 7 official: specs, features, availability

by: Andrew GrushJuly 24, 2013

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Best Buy might have essentially let the cat out of the bag earlier today in terms of specs and overall design, but the new Nexus 7 is now official!

The latest version of the 7-inch Nexus tablet certainly features a design reminiscent of the original N7, though it brings in a much thinner bezel, a thinner/lighter design and a smooth backing.

Specs and features

Internally, the next-gen Nexus 7 is quite the upgrade, with a faster processor, better graphics, a higher display and much more.

Here’s the actual specs and features, based on what we know so far:

  • Profile: 7.62mm (0.3-inch); 2mm thinner, reduced bezel by 3mm on each side
  • Weight: 318g (11.2oz)
  • 7-inch LCD IPS display with 1920 x 1200 resolution (323ppi)
  • 1.5GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro processor (80% faster CPU)
  • 30% wider range of colors than original Nexus 7
  • Adreno 320 graphics (4x graphics framerate)
  • 2GB of DDR3LM memory
  • 16/32GB storage
  • 5-megapixel camera
  • 1.2-megapixel front-facing camera
  • dual-stereo speakers
  • virtual surround sound technology
  • 802.11 a/b/g/n Wi-Fi
  • Bluetooth 4.0
  • MicroUSB port with SlimPort
  • optional 4G LTE model
  • 9 hours video playback, 10 hours web and reading
  • very first Android 4.3 Jelly Bean device to ship!

While there’s plenty to be excited about here – such as the addition of Android 4.3 – probably one of its most impressive changes for the new Nexus 7 is the 1080p display. Full HD on a 7-inch tablet? Sign me up!

The Nexus 7’s addition of virtual surround technology also sounds very promising (pun intended..). So what does that mean exactly? According to Google, it basically gives you a 5.1 surround sound experience just by using headphones or even the built-in speakers.

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Pricing and Availability

So when’s it coming? Starting next Tuesday, July 30th, the device will arrive to both Google Play and several new retailers, including Best Buy and Staples. Pricing will start at $229 for the base 16GB model and $269 for the 32GB version.

If you want to get your hands on one even quicker, you might want to check out your local Staples, as a source reports that shipments have already arrived to the chain (thanks Christopher!). While they aren’t supposed to start selling until the 30th, Staples is notorious for selling ahead of schedule, so it might be worth a shot.

For those more interested in a 4G LTE Nexus experience, the 32GB model is expected launch in the next few weeks – supporting AT&T, T-Mobile and Verizon.  The LTE model will set you back just $349.

The Nexus 7 will be available not only in the United States, but in the next few weeks will also arrive to the UK, Germany, Japan, South Korea, Spain, Canada, France and Australia.

What do you think, planning on picking up the new Nexus 7 ASAP?

  • jusephe

    I still didn’t get that thickness. Prior nexus got 10,45 mm waistline in presentation they told that is 1,8 mm (2 mm) thinner.

    That makes for about 8,65 (8,7 mm) so why is 7,6 mm in the article ???
    What is true ?

  • poocaster

    I saw they mentioned HDMI out on one of the slides…?

    • Bone

      Probably MHL.

    • D’Ander McSullivan

      Yes, Hugo said that.

    • K.

      There is no HDMI port on the tablet but they put a USB with slimport which means that it is able to deliver HDMI video and audio through the microUSB port. All you need is a microUSB-to-HDMI adapter. I would have preferred a microHDMI port directly on the tablet.

  • Balraj

    Will nexus 7 launch in India by next month
    Or will I have to wait for asus too launch it in India :'(
    Btw what’s is the battery in it.
    I see no mention of it !!!

  • Derrick Brown

    Oh yeah. Definitely getting the 32 gig 3g model.

  • MasterMuffin

    And someone said that iPad Mini will be better. Pfff! :)

    • kascollet

      No dude. That “someone” (me ?) said the Mini Gen 2 (not announced yet) will sell better mostly because of its ecosystem. This Nexus 7 is a killer device at this price tag but, hell, let’s hope it drives developpers’ effort ! If Apple finds the way to cranck a Retina display in the Mini2 and still maintain the 300$ price, people will rush to the Apple Stores, as usual.

      • MasterMuffin

        Not you :)

        • kascollet

          Ok then. Still foreseeing the same scenario though.

          • MasterMuffin

            iDevices always sell more, but doesn’t mean the device is better. 1st gen iPad mini was terrible (the screen at least)

          • Piyush

            same can be said about nexus 7.

          • MasterMuffin

            The screen of iPad mini was even worse

          • kascollet

            Sure. But don’t reduce device value to hardware specs.

          • MasterMuffin

            I reduce a little :)

          • Jusephe

            Did you ever held and used that device ?

      • Daniel

        I hope that doesnt happen. Apple thinks its so good at what they do. It annoys me. I prefer android because they allow the user some freedom and are quicker to implement useful features. (such as widgets)

        • kascollet

          Widgets are great but they can’t be considered a killer feature.
          I guess these features :
          – high-res (Retina) screens on phones
          – high-res screens on tablets
          – full Cloud backup
          – video-calling (one that works)
          – Bluetooth 4 support
          – cloud syncing for Tabs, Reading List, Favorites…
          – data messaging
          – home streaming between devices/PC
          – Cloud music storage
          – …
          are at least as “useful”. Guess who brought them to the market ?

        • David Foggia

          Exactly my thoughts. Couldn’t have put it better. Apple in terms of products for price, is bad. They are selling a shit (I own one so don’t whine to me)product which is WEAK and probablly won’t get past two major software updates. Not to mention their phones (again, I OWNED an iPhone 4S before I got an HTC one). They are a waste of money. Flat out. I would encourage anyone in the market for a phone to spend money elsewhere

          Apple thinks they are changing the game. If you are in the market to get a 10 inch tablet, get a windows tablet. They are excellent in big screens. If you want a 7 incher get an android. If you want a phone don’t get an iPhone.

          Apple is not GREAT for any reason. And its sad that people just buy their phones to look cool and because they don’t know any better. And I can’t say its their fault. Unless your an apple fanboy because obviously you don’t know or have never used an apple product.

          Apple makes great computers though although I find OS X restricting a lot like iOS but that again, should cost 1500 for a *mediocre at best* laptop when you can get a windows one for almost half that

          Bottom line, apple over prices their products and aims them at people who don’t know any better PR are fanboys. Their products are good, NOT GREAT

    • Apple_Nexus

      No they didn’t. They said that the new (unreleased) iPad mini will sell better but you just argued with them regardless.

      My (now old) Nexus 7 is “better” than the current iPad mini but I don’t pretend that it sells better.

      And like it or not the apps on the iPad are much better which of course will drive more sales.

      • MasterMuffin

        Did I really? Must have been real late or they edited their comment after

        I don’t pretend that Nexus 7 sells more either and I know (sadly) that iPad Mini has more quality apps :(

        • Apple_Nexus

          They were talking about beating the iPad / Nexus in terms of sales, not specs and you kept saying the Nexus has better specs.

          • MasterMuffin

            Please read the conversation in the link that I provided

          • Apple_Nexus

            Ditto! :)

    • Piyush

      i think we should wait for iPad mini 2 and than judge.

  • Ruz

    Good but its not as feature packed as expected out of a tablet like IR Blaster, bigger battery, better screen, screen protectors, HDMI port, etc

    • Ruz

      and yea most importantly only 7″ is not sufficient and dont forget the missing 3G connectivity where 4G is still not available

  • Nia

    If the new and old Nexus 7 had a kid they would call it a Hisense Zero 7 Pro.