New Nexus 7 has full HD screen, 2GB RAM, and a $229 starting price

Google’s second-generation Nexus 7 tablet is now available for pre-order for $229 and up. The tablet is about the same size as last year’s model, but it has a faster processor, more memory, a higher resolution display, and a few other goodies.

If you’ve paying attention to leaks, none of this is a surprise, but it’s nice to see confirmation.

Google Nexus 7 2

Google’s expected to officially unveil the tablet later today, but at least one store apparently sold a new Nexus 7 a little early, so the cat’s pretty much out of the bag.

Android Police has photos, videos, specs, and benchmarks. Meanwhile, a number of retailers are already taking pre-orders

You can order the new tablet from Sam’s Club, PC Connection, or Best Buy for $229 and up. Update: It’s also now available for pre-order from the Google Play Store, and expected to ship July 30th.

Here’s a run-down of what you can expect from the new Nexus 7:

  • 7 inch, 1920 x 1200 pixel display
  • 1.5 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro quad-core processor with Adreno 320 graphics
  • 2GB RAM
  • 16GB to 32GB of storage
  • Android 4.3 Jelly Bean
  • 5MP rear camera and 1.2MP front-facing camera
  • 802.11b/g/n WiFi, Bluetooth 4.0, and NFC
  • SlimPort (with support for video output)
  • Notification light
  • 7.9″ x 4.5″ x 0.3″
  • 11 ounces

According to Android Police, the new tablet is code-named Razor, scores close to 20,000 in the Antutu benchmark, which puts it about where you’d expect from a decent device with a Snapdragon S4 Pro quad-core processor.

Overall, the tablet has the processing power of a Nexus 4 smartphone, but a larger, higher resolution display.

The person who bought the early unit reports it doesn’t support vibrations or haptic feedback, it’s thinner than the original Nexus 7, but a little taller, and the headphone jack has been moved from the bottom of the table tto the top.

  • kr00lplatinum

    I don’t think it’s worth upgrading if you own the first Nexus 7. If you don’t own a tablet you should buy this one.

  • www

    can we assume Goggle hates sd card slots ???

    • George

      Google wants you to use the(ir) cloud for storage, which sn’t
      anywhere near as reliable as a landline.

      Unless the new device supports USB host capabilities (and I can
      stick a flash drive or card reader to it, even with an ungly dongle
      cable), I’m not buying.

      • CampGareth

        That might be possible, reports from the guy who got his early are that a USB flash drive when plugged in lit up, but couldn’t be read. His (expensive) mouse and keyboard didn’t light up when plugged in. Not sure what that actually means for us since the mouse and keyboard should’ve probably worked, but there’s power at least which was where the old nexus 7 fell down 😀