Google Announces Nexus 7 refresh, Android 4.3

 

The much-awaited refresh to the Google Nexus 7 series has finally been officially announced. Having been leaked previously over and over, the specs confirm what most already know. Featuring a 7-inch HD screen with a 1920 x 1200 resolution (323 ppi), the device also packs an Adreno 320 GPU, a 1.5GHz snapdragon processor, 5-megapixel rear-facing  and 1.2-megapixel front-facing cameras. Best Buy is currently taking pre-orders for it with the 16 GB and 32 GB SKUS costing $229 and $269 respectively.

Furthermore, it also runs the newly announced Android 4.3, the tablet marks Google's 2013 refresh of it's nexus program, delivering stock Android to enthusiast techies and fans with promised updates from Google. Android 4.3 builds on features previously revealed in 4.2, adding restricted profiles to its multi-user system, which lets parents restrict the level of access their kids can have for individual apps; it also adds Bluetooth low energy support to increase compatibility with fitness devices.

Google also revealed at it's event today that one in two tablets sold world wide is an Android tablet. With the multitude of manufacturers creating Android tablets, the Nexus 7 impressively accounts for more than 10 percent of total sales.

Source: Google 

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Ok so the New Nexus 7 will be out within the next week or so but if 4.3 is shipping on these devices then it means its ready? When can I download that on my Nexus 4? I can't see any mention of when this will be available for current users.

After holding a Galaxy Note 8.0 / Tab 3 8.0 I really really enjoy the 8 inches over the 7. Unfortunately it is unlikely that there will be a Nexus 8.

I really do like the design and screen brightness/color of the Samsung 8' tablets, compared to the original Nexus 7 its less PPI but looks significantly better. For the money though, it is hard to justify buying the Tab 3 8.0 over this.

This tablet won't sell, people need to do real work and they want office on their tablets. This machine needs Windows for people who do real work. Real work on Microsoft tablets running a proper OS is the only way to go... NOT.

This new Nexus Tablet is looking really good, I am waiting for a retina iPad Mini but for the price I might get the Nexus instead, it will be perfect for what I do on the road.

Tablets (Google/Apple/Microsoft) are filling a gap for people that want to check e-mail, surf the web, and watch video at home w/o needing full use of a computer.

I was hoping Android 4.3 would have the transparent navigation bar that was spotted on the Moto X photos, but I guess not.

I like my Nexus 10, specially since most games are free, but I'm keeping an eye on the next Surface, which I hope will come out around the time Windows 8.1 public.

xendrome said,
So, what is the release date?
Since nobody answered this correctly.

In the U.S. The Nexus 7 WiFi models (16GB ($229) and 32GB ($269) models will be available on the Play Store and various stores like Staples, Best Buy, Gamestop, Wallmart, etc...)

The LTE and various international markets will launch in the coming weeks. LTE in the U.S. covers AT&T, Verizon and T-Mobile and will be priced at $349. This is all the U.S. LTE bands in one device.

The international LTE version will be a 7 band LTE device covering most of Europe. Pricing for European LTE and WiFi models were not made available.

Looks like I'll have to get an original N7 for my car head unit replacement, and maybe one of these new ones so I'll finally have an Android tablet. Looking quite nice for their price. I think the budget 7" tablet is a sweet spot. Portable and cheap. More expensive 10" tablets seem to be a little more destined for a coffee table than portability.

I'll stick with my Surface Pro. Nexus 7 looks meh! I hope there's Surface Pro mini in the works. It will be a fantastic companion device to my existing Surface Pro.

sn0wbl1tz said,
I'll stick with my Surface Pro. Nexus 7 looks meh!

Yeah man I also stupidly compare Surface Pro to a Nexus 7! friends?

sn0wbl1tz said,
I'll stick with my Surface Pro. Nexus 7 looks meh!

The Surface Pro costs £700 and has a 10" display. The Next 7 costs £170 and has a 7" display. They're aimed at different demographics, having vastly different functionality and price points. However, I'm sure you're well aware of that as your post strikes me as a transparent attempt to brag about owning the Surface Pro.

sn0wbl1tz said,
I'll stick with my Surface Pro. Nexus 7 looks meh! I hope there's Surface Pro mini in the works. It will be a fantastic companion device to my existing Surface Pro.

I own a Surface as well. I wouldnt compare it to a Nexus 7.

sn0wbl1tz said,
I'll stick with my Surface Pro. Nexus 7 looks meh! I hope there's Surface Pro mini in the works. It will be a fantastic companion device to my existing Surface Pro.

Why are you comparing a fully functional computer that can install desktop apps and is meant for different purpose to a N7?

sn0wbl1tz said,
I'll stick with my Surface Pro. Nexus 7 looks meh! I hope there's Surface Pro mini in the works. It will be a fantastic companion device to my existing Surface Pro.

But of course. The cheerleaders come out to hate with foolish comparisons. Good job.

Shadowzz said,
Ah, missed that, thought they were rumors only.
Goodbye to cables!

and possibly goodbye to your health. There are no long term studies saying that wireless power is safe. I'd rather plug my devices in instead.

torrentthief said,

and possibly goodbye to your health. There are no long term studies saying that wireless power is safe. I'd rather plug my devices in instead.

Just like how cell phones are 'dangerous' to your health because of all that radiation

tsupersonic said,
Just like how cell phones are 'dangerous' to your health because of all that radiation

they are many studies showing that cell phones are dangerous, especially to kids as their skulls are thinner. This is why the iphone's manual says to hold the phone about 30cm away from your head.

torrentthief said,

they are many studies showing that cell phones are dangerous, especially to kids as their skulls are thinner. This is why the iphone's manual says to hold the phone about 30cm away from your head.


You're just holding it wrong LOL
How can we make a phonecall when it is 30cm away from my head...

Seahorsepip said,

You're just holding it wrong LOL
How can we make a phonecall when it is 30cm away from my head...

exactly, apple writes that so they aren't liable for any harm.

Shadowzz said,
So does it have the rumored wireless charging?

I would really love to see that take off.

Is it an incremental update or what? need to see some specs.