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New Nexus 7 shows up in video along with potential specs

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New Nexus 7 shows up in video along with potential specs
All signs are pointing to the new Nexus 7 being announced and released next week. The rumors surrounding the Nexus 7 refresh have consistently put the release date at the end of July, and earlier today Google began sending out invites to an event hosted by the Android chief Sundar Pichai scheduled for next week. Now we're seeing the first real photos and video of the tablet in action.

It seems that the guys over at Android Central got their hands on a new Nexus 7, although to be clear: no one is sure if this is the real thing or a prototype model, and the specs are listed on a printed sticker, which may not be accurate. The pics and video AC received didn't delve into the system itself, just showing the outside and the lockscreen with a PIN lock number pad, but gave an idea of the build and potential specs. 

According to the spec sheet, the device is running a Snapdragon S4 Pro, which is different from the Snapdragon 600 that was listed when the Nexus 7 passed though the Bluetooth SIG, but does match the FCC filing. The sheet also lists 4GB of RAM, but we're not sure how likely that is given the price point Google is aiming for. As expected though, the device does add a second camera; so, in addition to the 1.2MP front camera, there is also now a 5MP rear camera. The resolution of the 7" display isn't mentioned, but is expected to be 1200x1920. 

As far as the build of the device, the rubberized rear has been replaced with a more matte plastic with the Nexus branding prominently etched. The buttons and microUSB are in the same places as before. But, another new addition is a second speaker on the rear of the device. There had been a single speaker on the rear at the bottom of the original Nexus 7, but now there are dual speakers

Lastly, there has been more info that has come from the OfficeMax leak that showed the pricing earlier today. According to the info, the Nexus 7 will be received by stores on July 20th, which would give stores a few days to organize inventory before Google's announcement on the 24th. Additionally, OfficeMax will apparently sell the new Nexus 7 alongside the old Nexus 7. The new will not replace the old, so we may see a slightly new name for this year's 7" tablet. 

It all looks to be falling into place for the new version of Google's 7" tablet, so all we need now is the official announcement and official release. The rumors and leaks are building a pretty clear picture of what to expect, though. What do you guys think? Is it shaping up to be a worthy successor?



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posted on 17 Jul 2013, 17:12 3

1. imkyle (Posts: 947; Member since: 18 Nov 2010)


July 24th can't come soon enough. I may just charge this to my credit card and worry about it later.

posted on 17 Jul 2013, 17:14 2

2. milesboy5 (Posts: 126; Member since: 07 Nov 2012)


I cant tell much from the amazing video that was taken...

posted on 17 Jul 2013, 17:14

3. bugsbunny00 (Posts: 723; Member since: 07 Jun 2013)


this might be real,waitin for the real announcement.

posted on 17 Jul 2013, 17:16 8

4. Berzerk000 (Posts: 3643; Member since: 26 Jun 2011)


I don't like how the Nexus branding is horizontal. Typically, 7 inch tablets are used in portrait.

posted on 17 Jul 2013, 17:24

5. Shatter (Posts: 1763; Member since: 29 May 2013)


Why not have both options and let the user decide?

posted on 17 Jul 2013, 17:28 16

7. _Bone_ (Posts: 2061; Member since: 29 Oct 2012)


7 inch tablets are also used facing the screen not the back panel.

posted on 17 Jul 2013, 18:04 3

17. Berzerk000 (Posts: 3643; Member since: 26 Jun 2011)


Doesn't mean I can't judge design choices.

posted on 17 Jul 2013, 18:11 4

20. _Bone_ (Posts: 2061; Member since: 29 Oct 2012)


You can. But when you're looking at the screen, you don't see the back logo, and when you're looking at the back logo, does screen mode really matter? It's on the other side. :)

posted on 17 Jul 2013, 18:13 1

21. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5479; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)


design aesthetics may just matter more to other people than you. i consider myself as one of those people and i get where Berzerk is coming from.

posted on 17 Jul 2013, 18:17 2

23. Berzerk000 (Posts: 3643; Member since: 26 Jun 2011)


You can't see it when looking at the screen, but you can feel it. NEXUS is embossed on the back, so when you hold it (mostly in portrait) it's weird to have horizontal branding. That's why I always thought the Nexus devices (4, 7, 10) would look better with just the "X" of Nexus, because no matter which way you turn it, it's still looks like a straight X. Maybe that's just me though

posted on 17 Jul 2013, 18:44

28. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5479; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)


not just you m8, not just you.

posted on 17 Jul 2013, 18:34

25. dorianb (Posts: 332; Member since: 24 Oct 2012)


I actually use mine in landscape mode more than 70% of the time.

posted on 17 Jul 2013, 21:05

35. TROLL (banned) (Posts: 4851; Member since: 13 Apr 2012)


Why S600 and not the S800 for an extra £25 or $30

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posted on 17 Jul 2013, 17:24

6. HeWhoDoesNothing (Posts: 152; Member since: 15 Jul 2013)


Oh snap! Excitement!!!

posted on 17 Jul 2013, 17:30

8. _Bone_ (Posts: 2061; Member since: 29 Oct 2012)


S4 Pro would be a pity. I can see WiFi only packing that while the LTE enabled featuring the SD600, but that'd mean you don't get a cellular Nexus 7 for $229, then the price jump is not justified.

posted on 17 Jul 2013, 17:32

9. valapsp (Posts: 441; Member since: 12 Aug 2011)


I want it but don't have the money. :'(

posted on 17 Jul 2013, 17:33

10. wendygarett (unregistered)


A device that show only bump up specs?
Ain't nobody got time for dat...

posted on 17 Jul 2013, 17:39 3

11. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5479; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)


aw man, why'd they do away with the textured back? that was one of my favorite things about the N7.

posted on 18 Jul 2013, 00:49

39. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5479; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)


i just had a theory about why there's not a textured back...

three words.

different. color. options.

posted on 17 Jul 2013, 17:47 1

12. alltechinside (Posts: 234; Member since: 21 Apr 2013)


I think this is fake (at least the specs). Idk about the video, could be a prototype or the real thing but I highly doubt we'll see 4 GB of RAM. (We are seeing a spec of a laptop on a 7 inch screen tablet!) I think we'll see Snapdragon 600 processor just because I don't think Snapdragon builds the S4 Pro chips anymore. We're more likely to see Snapdragon 400 than a S4 Pro if Google decides to use a weaker chip for a lower price range. But, as I said, we'll probably see Snapdragon 600 processor. Having a dual Stereo speakers would be awesome! This could be arguably the best 7 inch tablet!

posted on 17 Jul 2013, 17:52 1

13. wendygarett (unregistered)


I think it's a typo, 4gb of Rom, not ram :)

posted on 17 Jul 2013, 18:38

27. alltechinside (Posts: 234; Member since: 21 Apr 2013)


I don't think you understand what ROM means. Here you go:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Read-only_memory

posted on 17 Jul 2013, 17:54

14. RORYREVOLUTION (Posts: 2862; Member since: 12 Jan 2010)


4GBs of RAM is not going to happen, not this year and probably not even next year. We still haven't even gotten 3GBs of RAM as standard for high end devices.

posted on 17 Jul 2013, 18:15 1

22. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5479; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)


people probably would've said the same thing about a 41MP Camera or a 3300mAh battery in a phone but they happened. companies like Google do drastic things sometimes. i'm skeptical too but there may be some truth behind this rumor. it's kind of too left field to be based on nothing.

posted on 17 Jul 2013, 18:19

24. Berzerk000 (Posts: 3643; Member since: 26 Jun 2011)


We also thought we would get 1.5 GB of RAM before 2, but look what happened. I think OEMs like even numbers.

posted on 17 Jul 2013, 18:35

26. alltechinside (Posts: 234; Member since: 21 Apr 2013)


It's actually more efficient for ram (or any storage) to be used in powers of 2. (1, 2, 4, 8, 16, 32, ..... 128, 256, 512,.....). If it is 3 GB of Ram, OEM's will need to use two RAMs (1 GB and 2GB) instead of one 4GB of RAM. Using 2 rams might not be as efficient as using a single ram. Not to mention that using two rams use more battery life than using a single ram.

posted on 17 Jul 2013, 18:59

29. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5479; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)


using two RAM's in this instance would actually be more efficient as most of these SoC's now support dual-channel memory. especially if they're matching whatever kind of modules phones use.

posted on 17 Jul 2013, 17:57

15. quyenqchau0813 (Posts: 78; Member since: 22 Mar 2013)


My thought on the rear camera: a little too big

posted on 17 Jul 2013, 17:58 1

16. quyenqchau0813 (Posts: 78; Member since: 22 Mar 2013)


My thought on the rear camera: a little too big

posted on 17 Jul 2013, 18:04 1

18. mottykels (Posts: 362; Member since: 15 May 2013)


Uglyyyy

posted on 17 Jul 2013, 18:11 1

19. sybersushi1 (Posts: 5; Member since: 29 May 2013)


Its ugly and specs are just not real!

posted on 17 Jul 2013, 19:07

30. Evil_SaNz (Posts: 258; Member since: 20 Oct 2011)


4 Gb of RAM is overkill even for a gaming PC...Snapdragon ok, full hd screen ok, rear camera pointless as it is on any tablet until augmented reality becomes cool (you can't tell me you will use a tablet instead a phone for a photo).

Anyways snapdragon will bring android tablets to another level, Tegra 3 has still some hic-cups (probably Tegra 4 is better than Snapdragon 600 but hey)

posted on 17 Jul 2013, 19:23 3

31. shikroi (Posts: 182; Member since: 24 Sep 2012)


4gb of ram is the bare minimum for a gaming pc.

posted on 17 Jul 2013, 19:36

32. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5479; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)


i game lightly and i'm pushing the 6GB on my laptop.

posted on 17 Jul 2013, 19:46 6

33. Berzerk000 (Posts: 3643; Member since: 26 Jun 2011)


8 GB is the minimum for a serious gaming PC.

posted on 18 Jul 2013, 01:17

40. Retro-touch (Posts: 239; Member since: 24 Oct 2011)


You must be joking!! What do you play on that gaming PC? Tetris!!

8 GB Minimum but personally I'd go for double that for future proofing

posted on 18 Jul 2013, 04:09

44. haseebzahid (Posts: 1775; Member since: 22 Feb 2012)


lol i thought of that last year and after 6 months my 4gb was peaking and now games start to crash the ram needed is exceding my 4gb stick time for upgrade

posted on 17 Jul 2013, 20:33

34. networkdood (Posts: 5489; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)


New Nexus 7 is the best value in the tablet world.

posted on 17 Jul 2013, 21:17

36. saenaedewe (Posts: 39; Member since: 01 May 2013)


I am going to sell my 1st Gen Nexus...

posted on 18 Jul 2013, 00:19

38. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5479; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)


i wouldn't bother. you won't get enough for it to really justify selling such a good tablet. don't forget the OG Nexus 7 will still be one of the first to get Android updates.

posted on 18 Jul 2013, 00:15 1

37. JojoGo101 (Posts: 211; Member since: 17 Dec 2012)


Not bad, the matte plastic makes me think of the Nexus 10. I will buy this! I just hope the Chrome strip around the device isn't higher than the glass itself, or the glass gets sunken in. I hated that with the Nexus 7.

posted on 18 Jul 2013, 01:19

41. epicandroid (banned) (Posts: 40; Member since: 08 Nov 2012)


This is definitely a worthy upgrade! All the new features packed in..if the price is the same then definitely the best 7" tablet! (besides stock android)

posted on 18 Jul 2013, 01:25

42. Kalevro (Posts: 56; Member since: 11 Sep 2011)


The first nexus also has dual speakers
It's stereo not mono

posted on 18 Jul 2013, 02:17

43. Trex95 (Posts: 518; Member since: 03 Mar 2013)


The design doesn't look that pretty plus the rear camera on Nexus 7-2 looks so ugly.

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