Nexus 7 (2nd Generation - 2013) is officially being released July 30th 2013. I got mine courtesy of Bestbuy, as they were selling them a little early.
· CPU: Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro @ 1.50 GHz (Quad core)
· Graphics: Adreno 320 @ 400 MHz
· Storage: 16 or 32 GB
· Memory: 2 GB RAM
· Display: 7.02” IPS LCD with 1920x1200 pixels (323 ppi)
· Battery: Lithium-ion 3950 mAh (non-removable), Qi wireless charging
o Front: 1.2 MP
o Rear: 5.0 MP
· Dimensions: (7.9” x 4.5” x 0.341” inches) or 200x114x8.65 mm
· Weight: WiFi: 290 g. (10 oz.) LTE: 299 g. (10.5 oz.)
· OS: Android 4.3 Jelly Bean
The new Nexus 7 is ever so taller and slightly narrower than its predecessor. It is wonderful to hold in your hands, and like its predecessor, it can be operated in just one hand. The button layout is exactly the same as the first generation Nexus 7. New for this model is the rear facing 5.0 MP camera with 1080P video recording capability, notification light (right below the on-screen home button), and also dual stereo speakers. The display is very crisp and the viewing angles are excellent. Google says it is the highest resolution 7 inch tablet on the market yet. The stereo speakers sound good, and it makes it an ideal portable device for watching videos and listening to music. The bezels on the side of the display have also shrunk, while the top and bottom bezels have grown slightly. My only gripe is the power button is a little flush therefore making it a little difficult to push. Interestingly enough, the headphone port has moved to the top of the device. Overall, it is solid to hold in your hand, and I give it a 4.5/5 on design.
The new Nexus 7 is very snappy and is extremely quick to switch between applications. The old Nexus 7 was also very fast when it was released. However, it had a tendency to slow down, and this was particularly the case if you had the 8GB model and had <3 GB of free space. Let’s see if Google can manage to keep this Nexus 7 optimized and speedy. I tried Doodle Jump and Temple Run 2, both play great, no stutters. I will give it a 5/5 on performance for now.
Included in the box: Nexus 7, USB data/charging cable, AC adapter, and quick start guides.
Nexus 7 2012 (Left) vs. Nexus 7 2013 (Right)
I have yet a chance to test battery life. What else would you guys like to know about?