New Nexus 7 unveiled by Best Buy ahead of Google event

Not wanting to wait for Google’s upcoming announcement, Best Buy has launched its pre-order pages for the brand new Nexus 7.

The retailer is featuring high-res images of Google’s new tablet and it also confirms some of the earlier specs we’ve heard. The tablet will feature a 1920 x 1200 resolution on its 7-inch screen, 2GB of RAM, a 1.5 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro 8064 and a 5 Megapixel rear camera.

The device will be available in 16GB and 32GB flavors. And speaking of flavors Best Buy is also confirming that the new tablet is arriving with Android 4.3, which still carries the moniker “Jelly Bean”.

Oh, and if this wasn't enough, check out this video of someone unboxing the new tablet.

Be sure to stick around for Google’s official announcements later on today for the tablet as well as for Android 4.3.

Source: Best Buy, Android Police | Images via Best Buy

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wingliston said,
Will the screens be lifting off again?

It's ASUS, almost certainly it will have build quality issues. Guaranteed.

Every ASUS tablet I've ever owned has has screen quality problems. Dead pixels, and horrible spots of light bleed. I don't care about IPS glow coming in from the edges, but Asus are well known for their spots of really bad bleed.

There's a reason you can buy a 1080p, s400 pro nexus tablet for under £200

People moan when apple release a new product which is just a speed bump over the old one. What are google doing to make me WANT TO BUY IT?

glen8 said,
People moan when apple release a new product which is just a speed bump over the old one. What are google doing to make me WANT TO BUY IT?

Better CPU/GPU, better screen, front and back camera....

What more did you expect?

TruckWEB said,

Better CPU/GPU, better screen, front and back camera....

What more did you expect?

Honestly....I expected "Better CPU/GPU, better screen, front and back camera...."

Nothing to make me want to spend my money, which is a shame cause I'm a sucker for new toys.

Just one new killer feature would be enough

So this is an oversized nexus 4 basically.

Hopefully the CPU/GPU combo won't struggle with that screen resolution. My nexus 4 is a breeze so this should be nice

TruckWEB said,
Nexus... still no SD card....
Not this again. Google has openly said they will not be including expandable storage in the Nexus lineup. They're trying to get away from expandable storage, and rely more on 'cloud' services/storage.

Good job Bestbuy. I like how it is still UP on their site.

tsupersonic said,
Not this again. Google has openly said they will not be including expandable storage in the Nexus lineup. They're trying to get away from expandable storage, and rely more on 'cloud' services/storage.

Doesn't mean people have to be happy about it.

tsupersonic said,
Not this again. Google has openly said they will not be including expandable storage in the Nexus lineup. They're trying to get away from expandable storage, and rely more on 'cloud' services/storage.

Because I'm connected 100% of the time to the cloud? NO... Cloud Failed.

TruckWEB said,

Because I'm connected 100% of the time to the cloud? NO... Cloud Failed.


Don't have to be. Im glad with these cloud syncs and what not. But I don't use my phone as a PC. And after flashing the phone and forgetting a proper backup I was glad I didn't lose my contacts, apps, settings and most importantly pictures cause of this cloud.
And when I take pictures, a moment later I can access it on any device without having to do anything.

Doesn't mean the cloud fails.

DARKFiB3R said,

Doesn't mean people have to be happy about it.
There's plenty of other devices on the market. No one told you to buy a Nexus. The beauty of choice...

TruckWEB said,

Because I'm connected 100% of the time to the cloud? NO... Cloud Failed.

It hasn't failed. I'm pretty much connected to the internet 99% of the time on my Android phone (whether it's through AT&T or WiFi), and I'm pretty sure you have storage you can use. If not, you can try using a USB OTG and plug in a flash drive. You have many options... Learn to adapt or buy another device with expandable storage.

tsupersonic said,
There's plenty of other devices on the market. No one told you to buy a Nexus. The beauty of choice...

Pathetic, obtuse response.

Seriously, did you honestly think for one second, that I believe I am force to by any one product, and have no other options available to me? Do you think I've just crawled out from under a rock or something, or that I'm some kind of idiot?

Sorry for going into one, but it really gets on my tits when people come out with that crap.

DARKFiB3R said,

Pathetic, obtuse response.

Seriously, did you honestly think for one second, that I believe I am force to by any one product, and have no other options available to me? Do you think I've just crawled out from under a rock or something, or that I'm some kind of idiot?

Sorry for going into one, but it really gets on my tits when people come out with that crap.

It's the direction that Google wants to take, and they dictate what they want in their OS/products. Not everyone is happy with that, and that's fair. That's why there are other choices. It's the reality of it - nothing more to argue about. I've already said above you can use a USB OTG and 'expand' storage that way.

tsupersonic said,
It's the direction that Google wants to take, and they dictate what they want in their OS/products. Not everyone is happy with that, and that's fair. That's why there are other choices. It's the reality of it - nothing more to argue about. I've already said above you can use a USB OTG and 'expand' storage that way.

I know that, I have a nexus 7. It's a great little device and I love it. But it's still an unnecessary pain in the arse that you can't double the storage for very little money without a ridiculous cable hanging out of it. People should be free to express their dismay at that fact, without having to hear the same old rhetoric of "well nobody is forcing you to buy it" *said in a whiny little bitch voice*.

DARKFiB3R said,

I know that, I have a nexus 7. It's a great little device and I love it. But it's still an unnecessary pain in the arse that you can't double the storage for very little money without a ridiculous cable hanging out of it. People should be free to express their dismay at that fact, without having to hear the same old rhetoric of "well nobody is forcing you to buy it" *said in a whiny little bitch voice*.

Don't be so defensive. I was in the same boat - very discouraged from all these low storage options on the Nexus line up. I was glad my Galaxy Nexus (verizon) had 32GB of storage built-in. I also have a Nexus 7 8GB, and 8GB is really tight for a power user. I tried USB OTG, and it worked, but it wasn't an ideal solution. My best solution is buying a NAS, and just having all my media on it to stream to any device.

These are cheap devices, and they have to cut corners somewhere. Outside of the cost perspective, it also encourages Google to promote Google play services (and this means more money for Google).

morden said,
i'm simply amazed how dated the android ui looks...
Beauty is in the eye of the beholder! Me, I love the simplistic iOS look. Most Windows fans call it boring. I also consider Android good looking. I find tiles ugly! It's a good thing we have choices. We can all find something to use.

morden said,
i'm simply amazed how dated the android ui looks...

And iOS looks oh so modern!

At least with Android you have the option to change pretty much any aspect of the UI that you dislike with a launcher, mod or custom ROM of your choosing.

well that's true if you have the time and ambition to try out all the UI mods out there... back when i used WM my experience was that something always killed the UX on custom roms: lagginess, inconsistencies, bugs and the story goes on - im almost sure the android scene is worst than the wm scene was

and no, i dont think ios looks modern: ios looks dated to begin with and android gets many of its UI elements from it so... yeah

but this is all subjective of course but i find it curious that google said the UI will be reformed, redesigned, re-everyhing back when 3.0 was coming out... since then basic cosmetic changes happened but nothing really major

morden said,
i'm simply amazed how dated the android ui looks...

Replacement UIs. Lots of them. And several good ones you dont need to root.

They did a massive overhaul of the UI in Icecream Sandwich (4.0). So yes, they have redesigned the UI since 3.0. To me all of them look modern, except for iOS < 7.

Both windows phone and Windows 8 could really use a slight gradient or something on those tiles though. I know the idea is simplicity, and the tiles look great as they are when in motion, but looking at screenshots it looks dated and ugly as sin. I honestly think that those flat tiles are a large part of the reason why Windows phone isn't selling that well.

This isn't a jibe or anything. I really like the way the tiles work and look in action. They just look terrible still. I can say that because anyone could copy the windows phone UI in paint, in minutes.

you associate modernness with customization?

20legend said,

And iOS looks oh so modern!

At least with Android you have the option to change pretty much any aspect of the UI that you dislike with a launcher, mod or custom ROM of your choosing.

rippleman said,
you associate modernness with customization?

Not at all. Android users are not limited or stuck around waiting for the OS company to update things. And the fact that there are several UI replacements that can be used without root...no big deal.

techbeck said,

Not at all. Android users are not limited or stuck around waiting for the OS company to update things. And the fact that there are several UI replacements that can be used without root...no big deal.


No matter how you put it and how often I disagree with you.
Customization is a strong point to Android. I like clean and simple UI's. But iOS and WP are to simple and I would love a bit more customization.

I wouldn't use Windows 8 if I wouldn't be able to customize it to my likings (even if its small changes)
I don't even care if I have to jump through hoops not available to casual users, like directly editing the registry for it.

I think they left a little excess there so when you're holding it on the sides, people with big hands wont be fumbling around accidentally pressing buttons on the launch bar or whatever other apps they have open. Otherwise, not sure.