When released last year the Nexus 7 came as a bit of a surprise. There were almost only two options when buying a tablet before the Nexus 7, spend a lot of money or get a poor quality device. Being built by Asus under instruction from Google it came as no surprise that the Nexus 7 was a well built device with good performance but what most people didn’t expect was the price. At well under £200 the Nexus 7 was unquestionably the best value tablet on the market and even a year on is still a good buy.
Well until this week it was any way as Google have announced the new Nexus 7 a thinner, lighter update with a higher resolution screen. Since it’s going to be price at $230 in the US it’s still likely to be under £200 when released in the UK. Like the model released last year Asus have produced the new Nexus 7 which takes the original and makes a number of improvements resulting in a much better device. One of the most welcome changes is the new 1920 x 1200 pixel display, a 7-inch IPS panel which is scratch resistant and has an impressive pixel density of 323 ppi.
All those extra pixels mean some extra power is required so you’ll find a 1.5Ghz quad-core processor in the new Nexus 7 paired with an Adreno 320 GPU and 2GB of RAM. The Nexus 7 will be running the latest version of Android straight out of the box and will be one of the first devices available that runs Android 4.3. All the usual connectivity options are present such as NFC, Bluetooth 4.0, TV connectivity using SlimPort and Wi-Fi with a 3G/4G version available at a higher price. They’ve also added a rear facing 5-megapixel camera which will please the many picture loving users out there although the front facing camera is still only 1.2-megapixel.
Although the new Nexus 7 is upgraded in almost every way they’ve still managed to shave off a couple of millimetres to make the new model even thinner and lighter, the bezels are a bit slimmer too. Like the excellent HTC One the Nexus 7 has stereo speakers with virtual surround sound technology which should make the Nexus 7 a top pick for those looking for good multimedia capabilities. While the Nexus 7 falls short of the latest iPad in many ways it costs a considerable amount less and Google have gone for a great balance of performance and features versus cost. The Nexus 7 will be available in the US at the end of the month with a UK launch expected soon.