Google has officially introduced its new Nexus 7 tablet. As expected, it’s thinner and more powerful than the model introduced in 2012. But Google says the new model also gets an extra hour of battery life. With a 3950mAh battery, it should provide up to 9 hours of HD video playback or 10 hours of web browsing.

WiFi-only models hit the streets July 30th for $229 and up. But Google says there will also be a 4G LTE-capable model which supports AT&T, Verizon, and T-Mobile. That model will run $349 and hit the streets “in coming weeks.”

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Here’s an overview of the new tablet’s specs:

  • 7 inch, 1920 x 1200 pixel display
  • 1.5 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 quad-core processor
  • Android 4.3 Jelly Bean
  • 2GB of RAM
  • 16GB to 32GB of storage
  • 802.11a/b/g/n WiFi
  • 5MP rear camera and 1.2MP front camera
  • Bluetooth 4.0
  • NFC
  • HDMI output (via SlimPort)
  • Wireless charging

The tablet’s built by Asus, just like the original Nexus 7. The new model has dual stereo speakers, and while a lot of folks have noticed that the tablet seems to have thicker screen bezels at the top and bottom (when held in portrait mode), Google says the side bezels are actually 2.75mm thinner.

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The new Nexus 7 is also about 2mm thinner than its predecessor, and in addition to sporting a higher resolution display with 323 pixels per inch (up from 216 on the original), the new model offers 30 percent more colors.

Google says the Nexus 7 is also the first tablet to support new DRM APIs which will allow Netflix (and other apps) to stream content in 1080p while staying on the good side of content copyright holders.

The 16GB WiFi-only Nexus 7 will sell for $229, while the 32GB model costs $269. The 32GB 4G LTE model costs $349.

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9 replies on “Google introduces new Nexus 7 tablet: Faster, thinner, higher resolution”

  1. no SD card slot again… retarded.

    Google, stop trying to force people to store their stuff in your cloud, it’ll backfire!

    I’m going with Ubuntu if they get it together… 4GB RAM, 128GB flash storage in their phone and runs linux software if you desire. Word!

    1. It is a Nexus device. No. So no sale.

      Wondering if the DRM means the end of the Nexus devices all being supported in developer mode or will this be the first one that will need a crack?

  2. SlimPort means that you won’t be able to simultaneously have the device in USB Host Mode (for using an SD card or thumb drive) and use HDMI at the same time. Furthermore, even if it lets you do that, you certainly wouldn’t be able to charge it while doing both of these.

    1. MHL doesn’t necessarily mean you can do that either 😛 But you can certainly charge while displaying with slimport, USB host doesn’t seem to be officially supported anyway, but we’ll see what happens.

      1. I’m not advocating MHL (but an SD slot would have been nice). I’m not suggesting that OTG is or ever will be SUPPORTED on a Google tablet. And I said you wouldn’t be able to charge while doing “both” OTG and HDMI… not “either”.

        1. Yeah that’s fine, I was just wondering when has a tablet ever done that, except maybe in ye olden days when HDMI and USB were on separate connectors (one aspect of old phones and tablets I really did like)

    2. That is a deep ponderance, but I was not planning to do that anyway.

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