In one of the worst kept secrets ever, Google officially unveiled the 2nd generation Nexus 7 tablet today. Various leaks before the announcement revealed all the key details ahead of schedule, so there weren’t really any big surprises.
Google’s latest 7″ tablet runs Android 4.3 Jelly Bean and comes in three varieties, there’s a 16GB version for $229 and a 32GB model for $269, and a 4G LTE model for $349. Among the key features are front and rear cameras (1.2MP front and 5.0MP rear), Bluetooth, GPS, NFC, and wireless charging. The device has a quad-core 1.5Ghz Snapdragon processor with 2GB of RAM and an Adreno 320 graphics chip.
By far the most impressive feature with the new Nexus 7 is the screen. It has as an unprecedented 1920 x 1200 7-inch screen with an impressive 323 pixels per inch. By comparison, last year’s Nexus 7 has 216 ppi, and the Nook HD, which had the highest resolution screen of any 7″ tablet until now, has 243 ppi. The new Nexus 7 takes screen sharpness to an entirely new level.
Text is going to be incredibly clear and easy to read on the 2nd gen Nexus 7. The screen alone could make it the best tablet for ereading. Couple that with the lightweight design and all the ereading apps available in the Google Play store, this is going to be one formidable tablet for ereading, let alone all the other features it has.
Google Nexus 7 Specs (2nd Gen)
- 7 inch, 1920 x 1200 pixel display (323 ppi)
- 1.5 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro quad-core processor
- Adreno 320 GPU
- Android 4.3 Jelly Bean operating system
- 2GB RAM
- 16GB/32GB internal storage
- 5MP rear camera and 1.2MP front-facing camera
- 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi
- 4G LTE optional
- Bluetooth 4.0
- NFC support
- Micro USB port with SlimPort (allows you to connect an HDMI cable to stream content to a TV with a SlimPort adaptor)
- Wireless charging
- Stereo speakers, headphone jack
- Up to 9 hours battery life
- Dimensions: 7.9″ x 4.5″ x 0.3″
- Weight: 11.2 ounces
- Price: $229 for 16GB, $269 for 32GB, $349 for 4G LTE model
Check back soon for a full review of the new Nexus 7 tablet. I look forward to testing it out, especially from an ereading perspective, and not just ebooks but all forms of ereading, from PDFs to comics and magazines to web reading and everything in between.