In fairness, we did think that, perhaps, not everyone is as excited as we are about the launch of the next iteration of the Nexus 7 tomorrow
(which we'll liveblog, by the way!). But then we thought that that's just nuts – what is there not to love
about the Nexus 7 II? From the price tag, through the truly impressive specs and down to its privileged status of a Nexus device (meaning timely updates), the Google/ASUS duo and its second joint venture scream exciting however you look at it.
With the clock ticking, and with you having shown a considerable interest in the various exploits of the upcoming tablet, now seems like a perfect time for a recap on what we think
we know. Luckily for all involved, it won't be long until we have an official confirmation (or refutation) of those.
Now that we've settled on those prior accounts, we invite you to the gallery below for a journey through all there is to know about the new Nexus 7.
All there is to know about the Nexus 7
All there is to know about the Nexus 7
1. Nexus 7 II to come with a record-shattering pixel density
1080p resolution, in a 7-inch tablet? Oh yeah! In case you're bad with numbers, that comes out to a crisp 323 pixels per inch (PPI). That's up from its predecessor's 720p, 216 PPI display – a solid improvement, no doubt.Read more
2. Looks: what's new?
The Nexus 7 II differs from its predecessor physically in several regards – the device is more narrow, but taller. Additionally, the backplate has a brushed plastic look, unlike the older Nexus' spotted back. Also note the addition of an extra speaker on the top of the device – an upgrade from its forerunner. You probably noticed already – the new Nexus 7 II will have a rear (5MP, purportedly) camera, unlike its predecessor (which lacked one altogether). Up front, the device hasn't changed too much – the 1.2MP front-shooter has been relocated from the center to the right side of the device and an LED light has been added to help you keep track of notifications.
3. A hardware monster
That's all fine and dandy, but by now you're probably itching to know a bit more about what exactly is running this entire show underneath. Well, the suspense was worth it, for the Nexus 7 II is a hardware beast. As you can see, a quad-core processor clocked at 1.5GHz will do the brainwork. At this time, however, there's a split in the rumors of the exact model of the SoC – either a Snapdragon S4 Pro or a Snapdragon 600. NVIDIA's Tegra 3, which powered the original Nexus 7 seems to have been ditched. What about the RAM, you wonder. Oh boy, this one can really spice things up, if rumors are to be trusted – we're expecting up to 4GB of RAM for Google's upcoming bad boy. On-board internal storage will range from 16GB to 32GB, though we're hoping for a 64GB variant, as well. As usual, no microSD slot. Google seems to hate those things. Powering all of this is an alleged 4000mAh battery, which will support wireless charging.
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Amazing, but how much is it going to cost? An inventory screen leaked a few days ago, confirming a price that was thrown around for a while and seems plausible, considering the price point of the original Nexus 7 – $229 for the 16GB model, $269 for the 32GB
. In other words – you're getting some of the best hardware available at a budget-friendly price.Read more
One key piece of information seems missing, no? We didn't forget, and we've got you covered as always. Android 4.3, as you probably gleaned already, is what you'll get on the software side
. And if that isn't enough, you should sleep easy, knowing that whenever Android 5.0, or Key Lime Pie, does get released, you'll be among the first on the planet to browse its new features.Read more
6. By the way...
The folks over at AndroidCentral somehow got their hands on a prototype device which reaffirmed many of the above specs, including the new design
7. Thank you, BestBuy!
Somebody leaked this BestBuy flyer ahead of its launch into circulation, which, according to the tipster, is set for July 28. BestBuy seems to agree on the pricing that we gave you, and has leaked the date of availability -- next Tuesday, or July 30Read more