Google formally unveiled the newest iteration of its Nexus 7 tablet at today's press conference in San Francisco. Turns out, this past week's leaked spec and grainy product shots (and then the pretty-darn-clear ones) were dead on: This thing is freakin' sweet.
The company confirmed that the new Nexus measures 7.79 x 4.72 x 0.41 inches — that's shorter and wider but 2mm thinner and nearly 50 grams lighter than the previous version's 7.9 x 4.5 x 0.3 inch dimensions. It will feature a 7-inch screen with full HD 1920 x 1200 resolution (vs the previous 1200 x 800) and 323ppi. That makes the new Nexus the highest resolution 7-inch tablet on the market with the highest ppi of any tablet. It will run Android 4.3 on a quad-core 1.4GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro CPU (80 per cent faster than the previous NVidia Tegra 3) with 2GB of RAM. It packs both 1.2 MP front and 5 MP rear-facing cameras as well as a Slim Port HDMI video connection where there was previously none, NFC, and — finally — inductive charging capabilities. There will also be a 4G variant, but we don't yet know whether it'll make it to the UK.
In addition, the company announced the roll out of its latest OS rev, Android 4.3. This update is by no means an overhaul of the current Jelly Bean platform but rather a refinement to some of its rough edges. The new rev is expected to feature a raft of minor changes to the operating system including a restricted profiles, which will allow parents to control what their kids can see and, more importantly, purchase on the device while giving each user a customised home screen. In addition it will employ the powerful new Open GL ES 3.0 rendering engine. The original Nexus 7, the Nexus 4, and other select Android devices will begin receiving the update starting today.
We'll get the new Nexus 7 in the UK "in the coming weeks", so hopefully that means before the end of September. Unfortunately we don't have any UK pricing yet, but we're anticipating a price mark around £180 to £200 for the base model.
We'll have hands-on reactions and first impressions along with a comparison between the old and new devices shortly.