New Nexus 7 and Android 4.3 officially announced

New Nexus 7 and Android 4.3 officially announced
We can't really say that the new Nexus 7 has been the worst kept secret, because we have known quite a bit about the Motorola Moto X as well, but the Nexus 7 has been up there as far as badly kept secrets. We've been expecting the new tablet to be announced along with Android 4.3 Jelly Bean, and those announcements have finally been made.

Today's announcement, hosted by Android/Chrome chief Sundar Pichai was a bit late, starting about 10 minutes later than the scheduled 12PM EST (9AM PST), but the announcement got out of the gate with strong Android tablet numbers. Then, they got straight to the real announcements: the new Nexus 7 and Android 4.3 Jelly Bean. 

The Nexus 7 is what we have been expecting: a thinner, lighter, faster, full-HD tablet. The Nexus 7 has a 1920 x 1200 resolution display, a quad-core 1.5GHz Snapdragon S4 Pro processor, Adreno 320 graphics, a 5-megapixel camera, 2GB of RAM, 16GB or 32GB of storage, optional 4G LTE, HDMI output, NFC, and wireless charging support. 

Google's Hugo Barra says that the new Nexus 7 is 2mm thinner, 6mm narrower, 50g lighter, and can display a 30% wider range of colors than the original. Additionally, the Nexus 7 should be 80% faster than the original, and provide 4x the graphics performance. Add that to the new stereo speakers and virtual surround sound. The size of the battery wasn't mentioned, but the tablet should get 9 hours of HD video playback and 10 hours of web browsing.

As far as Android 4.3, the Nexus 7 will be the first device to ship with the update, and once again it offers a number of features that we had already known about like: Bluetooth 4.0 LE, OpenGL ES 3.0, Dial pad Autocomplete, and increased battery life. But, it also has a few other features that we didn't know about like Restricted Profiles (similar to Kid's Corner on WP8) which allows for only certain apps to be accessed, and even more interesting: apps can function differently and turn off features in-app if it is running in a restricted profile. 

Barra said that the update to 4.3 will start rolling out to the Nexus 4, 7, and 10 today, and will come to the Google Edition devices "soon". 

The 16GB Nexus 7 will cost $229.99, the 32GB model will be $269.99, and the 32GB LTE variant will run $349.99. Google’s new Nexus 7 is available for pre-order beginning today and it launches on July 30th in Google Play and in a wide range of stores, including Best Buy, GameStop, Staples, and more. And, the LTE variant will be available at T-Mobile, AT&T, and Verizon.

The Nexus 7 is starting in the U.S., but will launch in the coming weeks in the UK, Germany, Japan, Canada, South Korea, Spain, Australia, and France.

source: Google

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Nexus 7 (2013)
  • Display 7.0" 1920 x 1200 pixels
  • Camera 5 MP / 1.2 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro, Quad-core, 1500 MHz
  • Storage 32 GB
  • Battery 3950 mAh



1. abcdefgh

Posts: 471; Member since: Mar 29, 2013

android 4.3 cant wait ps:-feeling sad for those who bought nexus 7 recently.

3. apple4never

Posts: 1064; Member since: May 08, 2013

good point, lol my friend bought one last week, Sucker haha gonna get this to annoy him now,

2. apple4never

Posts: 1064; Member since: May 08, 2013

any idea if its launching in canada on the 30th or just the us ? either way seems like a dam good tablet for the price, would the moto x price would compete with this with gsm ?

4. whoyton2

Posts: 142; Member since: Jun 19, 2013

Android just gets better and better!

5. jonartpop

Posts: 199; Member since: Oct 25, 2012

Android 4.3!!! Can't wait to get it on my SGS3. Tho it's gonna take months lol.

6. g2a5b0e unregistered

No love for Sprint customers on the LTE version? One of many reasons it sucks to be them.

7. jonartpop

Posts: 199; Member since: Oct 25, 2012

Android 4.3!!! Can't wait to get it on my SGS3. Tho it's gonna take months lol.

8. Commentator

Posts: 3723; Member since: Aug 16, 2011

Asus and Google have got a real winner here. By the way PA, you have "the camera lacks flash" listed as a con for the Nexus 7 II, and presumably every other tablet that lacks a flash. Correct me if I'm wrong, but lacking a camera flash doesn't exactly warrant a check-mark in the con section when applied to tablets. Maybe the INCLUSION of a flash would be considered a pro. I know your tablet-evaluations use the same guidelines that phones do, but maybe it's time to change this?

9. KingKurogiii

Posts: 5713; Member since: Oct 23, 2011

i'll probably get this one week. the Moto X and the new Nexus 7 will probably be the devices to carry me through for a bit.

21. lovefist unregistered

same here, but the nexus 5 seems interesting. this is a really great tablet for it's price. tegra3 on the old nexus 7 sucks, so i'm glad they used the s4 pro and added the much needed ram.

10. livyatan

Posts: 867; Member since: Jun 19, 2013

..a fact to consider - the size difference between this and the Xperia Z Ultra is less than that between the Note 2(and almost certainly the Note 3) and the Z Ultra.

24. Izoe

Posts: 149; Member since: Sep 02, 2010

and the price difference?

11. datsyuk

Posts: 180; Member since: Jan 11, 2012

Single US LTE Version........ Unlocked LTE Nexus 4 II anyone?

12. Tazer2365

Posts: 52; Member since: Jul 28, 2012

Android 4.3 is cheap and you must admit it Fandroids. What features are you guys wanting to have so far? Parental controls? Ha, what a joke! And the new nexus 7 may be "better" than an iPad Mini as some would say, but how many apps are optimized for the Nexus 7, 100?

14. Evil_SaNz

Posts: 259; Member since: Oct 20, 2011

Ehm it is a 0.1 update and it's still more awesome than any 1.0 iOS update

16. PhoneCritic

Posts: 1354; Member since: Oct 05, 2011

Apple is losing ground in a market it once dominated. Apple had no competition now the competition is coming on strong and from every Conner ( so many manufactures) this was bound to happen as people seek better and less expensive solutions. The app markets are about even now so that argument holds no water anymore even if you are talking about tablet specific apps it still is a moot point since all Android phone applications can be used on Android tablets regardless if they look pretty or not. Its still the functionality that matters. To make your argument even less valid what does iOS 7 offer that other OS did not already have? Its still missing NFC- Bluetooth a File manager etc... From what I saw. Quick toggles is pretty cheap if you ask me since it is so 2010. Now I'm not blasting iOS because it has to catch up but I am blasting your argument because it is invalid.

26. Tazer2365

Posts: 52; Member since: Jul 28, 2012

Apple is still doing an impressive job selling their iPhones, have you not seen their quarter earnings recently? I admit that Apple is catching up, but they made Control center look more better and function better than the toggles on your Android ;)

28. shuaibhere

Posts: 1986; Member since: Jul 07, 2012

What added function does control centre have which notification bar doesn't??? It's just pull up version of notification bar excluding the notification function.... And we don't how it can make it look how you want in android...

17. Berzerk000

Posts: 4275; Member since: Jun 26, 2011

OpenGL ES 3.0 and Bluetooth LE are probably the biggest features; improved battery life and restricted profiles are nice, the latter mostly for families. This is just a 0.x update and it's bringing great enhancements, because that's just how Google rolls. What features did Apple add in their .1 update to iOS 6? Siri can buy you movie tickets... Weak. As for tablet optimized apps, I do admit Google needs to push developers to make more apps for tablets, but at least now it's easier to find apps for tablets because now you can filter apps in the Top Lists for tablets. And, Google Play has over 50 collections of apps that are specifically highlighted for tablets.

18. lovefist unregistered

can't you guys tell? he is obviously trolling. whatever you say to him won't matter. just ignore him.

20. Berzerk000

Posts: 4275; Member since: Jun 26, 2011

We all can tell. We just correct the trolls for anyone who might be reading these comments, because we don't want people to be misinformed :)

13. PermanentHiatus

Posts: 267; Member since: Jun 22, 2012

So for $100 less, Nexus 7 has the "Retina" screen while the iPad Mini is still stuck with iPad 2's screen resolution.

19. Berzerk000

Posts: 4275; Member since: Jun 26, 2011

Not just Retina... SUPER Retina.

15. lovefist unregistered

wow this is really cool! i don't think there is a phone/tablet that has the s4pro and 2gb ram that you can buy for that price. I'm sure gonna get one to complement my htc 8s.

22. Berzerk000

Posts: 4275; Member since: Jun 26, 2011

The only one that comes close is the Nexus 4, but even then it's more than $100 over the price of the new Nexus 7. I just hope Asus put quality memory in the new Nexus 7, because that's what was killing the previous one.

23. ahhxd717

Posts: 332; Member since: Dec 08, 2011

I might have to pick one of these up soon. Ill have to hear the reviews and stuff first though.

25. XiphiasGladius

Posts: 813; Member since: Aug 21, 2011

Wow! 7" HD screen + S4 Pro Chipset + 2 gigs of RAM + affordable price = me wanting a 32gig version now.

27. persikon

Posts: 29; Member since: Jul 09, 2013

Though they were going for a snap 600... Anyways phones with the s4 are sold by way more. Just please optimized tablet apps, and konamix music games. After that you will be my tablet.

31. Berzerk000

Posts: 4275; Member since: Jun 26, 2011

Something that Anandtech pointed out, the SoC in the Nexus 7 isn't just the APQ8064 (S4 Pro), but the APQ8064-1AA. What that means, is that instead of having Krait 200 and DDR2 RAM like the traditional S4 Pro (like in the Optimus G and Nexus 4), it has Krait 300 and DDR3 RAM like the Snapdragon 600. It's just clocked at 1.5 GHz instead of 1.7-1.9. But it's still called the S4 Pro for some reason. Source;

29. shamashu9

Posts: 142; Member since: Jun 10, 2013

Define lag. Lag /læg/ 1. Android OS from donut to Jelly bean

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