Google officially announces new Nexus 7: Full specs, pricing and release details (Video)

By James Geddes , Jul 25, 2013 05:24 AM EDT

Google has officially announced its next-generation Nexus 7 tablet, which will be available in 16GB and 32GB Wi-Fi and Wi-Fi + 4G LTE options starting on July 30.

When Google launched the first-generation Nexus 7 last year, it offered its first tablet with impressive specs and a low price. The ASUS-made slate was an instant hit with consumers and since it's a Nexus it shipped with a new version of Android and has received regular OS updates whenever Google released a new version. The company is following the same philosophy with its new Nexus 7, which will be the first device to ship with the just-announced Android 4.3 Jelly Bean OS.

At Google's press event on Wednesday the company announced its next-generation Nexus 7 tablet and the new slate offers considerable upgrades when compared to last year's model.

The new Nexus 7 features a 7-inch 323 ppi (pixels per inch) 1920 x 1200 HD IPS (in plane switching) Corning scratch-resistant Corning Glass display, is powered by a 1.5GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro processor and an Adreno 320 GPU (graphics processing unit), runs Android 4.3 Jelly Bean, includes 16GB or 32GB of internal storage, 2GB of RAM, a 5-megapixel rear camera with auto-focus, 1.2-megapixel front facing camera, stereo speakers with surround sound and Frauhofer audio technology, dual-band Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.0, GPS, NFC, 4G LTE radio in Wi-Fi + 4G LTE model. The tablet also includes a microUSB port, Slimport for 1080p HDMI output, microSD expansion slot with support for up to 64GB microSD cards, wireless charging capabilities, a 3,950 mAh 3950 (Up to 9 hours of active use), 9 hours of HD video playback, 10 hours of web browsing or e-reading, and 300 hours of standby time.

The 16GB and 32GB Wi-Fi Nexus 7 will retail for $229 and $269, respectively, and will be available for purchase on July 30 online and in retail stores. The LTE variant will be offered with 32GB of internal storage and will be available on AT&T, Verizon, and T-Mobile. Google didn't announce an exact shipping date, but said that the new Nexus 7 would hit retail in the "coming weeks." Google also released the video below showing the new Nexus in action.

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