Google Nexus 7 successor up for pre-orders in US

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Google might be just hours away from unveiling the next-generation Nexus tablets, but it seems that the party has just been spoiled by US based retailer, Best Buy.
The retailer has started taking pre-orders for the new Nexus 7 tablets prior to its official launch. The new Nexus 7, which has been listed on the retailer’s website, comes at a starting price of $229.99 for the 16GB variant and $269.99 for the 32GB variant. The 3G/ LTE versions have not been listed though the tablet appears to feature a slot for the SIM-card, at the back.

This also suggests that the next-generation Nexus 7 tablets will be simply called Nexus 7 (or perhaps next generation Nexus 7), in a way following Apple’s naming convention with the third generation iPad. The new Google Nexus 7 will run Android 4.3 which will be dubbed as Jelly Bean, as per the retailer’s device listing.

The listing on the US retailer’s website also confirms other specifications of the new Nexus 7. The tablet comes will be 196mm in length, 112mm wide and 7.9mm thick. It features a 7.0-inch HD display with a resolution of 1920×1200 pixels and boasts 178 degree viewing angles and pixel density of 323PPI.

The tablet also features Antifingerprint technology that minimizes smudging. As per the listing the device is powered by a 1.5GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro 8064 processor and features Adreno 320 graphics for graphics, coupled with 2GB of RAM.

The new Nexus 7 sports a 5-megapixel rear camera and a 1.2-megapixel front facing camera. Connectivity options include Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and NFC. The tablet comes pre-loaded with Google apps like Google Search by Voice 2.1, Gmail, Google Talk, Google Maps, Google Street View, YouTube, among others. The tablet comes in two variants 16GB and 32GB with non-expandable storage options.

Google Nexus 7 (second generation) key specifications

  • 7.0-inch HD display with a resolution of 1920×1200 pixels
  • 1.5GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro 8064 processor
  • 2GB RAM
  • 5-megapixel rear camera
  • 1.2-megapixel front facing camera
  • 16GB/32GB internal storage
  • Android 4.3 Jelly Bean
  • NFC, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi
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