When Google jumped into the tablet bandwagon with its Nexus 7 tablet back in 2012, it was a huge kick to the pants that the Android tablet ecosystem needed at the time. The reason for this was: this particular slate opened the floodgates for a new range of low-budget but still powerful tablets. However, ASUS-made Google’s Nexus 7 was well-positioned in the marketplace to become a winner for consumers and Google faithful, alike. But as soon as the device was announced, the comparisons to the other tablets started flying in. And then Apple unveiled its iPad Mini in late 2012, which became the “de facto” leader in the smaller end of the tablet market, as well as biggest rival to Google’s babyboy. While Nexus 7 was vying to unseat the king (yes, iPad mini) — it turned out, unfortunately, it failed to do so.
We knew, it was the matter of time that the search giant could bring something better to the hoard, so Google and ASUS [again] started working hard on creating a fresh version for 2013. And that’s how the follow-up to Nexus slate was made. The recently launched, new Nexus 7, tablet is different from nowhere in terms of hardware design, though it houses some powerful boost under the hood. That being said; the second-generation Nexus tablet got a boost of speed and mobility — thanks to a new, streamlined footprint and a higher-end, Snapdragon processor. There’s now a high-resolution (1920×1200p) equipped IPS display with 323 pixels packed into every inch.
The 2013 Nexus 7 is more compact and, overall, feels a little better put together than last year’s model, thanks to clean, simple design. This is plastic done right. It measures just at 0.34 inches and weighs around 10.23 ounces. Adjustments to the tablet’s weight and thin bezel help to make it easier to hold comfortably in the palm of your hand.
It also has a plastic rim around the screen that can be pried away from the back of the tablet to expose its innards, but the rim is recessed compared to last year’s model. The back of the tablet is now a flat black “soft-touch” plastic that lacks the pleasant texture of last year’s model. In short; it is a sturdy, elegant, and responsive device.
Other features on the slate include a quad core S4 Pro processor, 2GB RAM, a 1.2MP front shooter, a 5MP snapper with no LED flash on the back, alongside all new built-in support for the Qi wireless charging standard, HDMI output through the micro USB port via the SlimPort standard (adapter sold separately), wireless display support via the Miracast standard, and 4G LTE support over preferred network. The LTE version of tablet is slated to go on sale in the coming weeks.
The latest version of Android, Jelly Bean 4.3, brings faster experience under the hood. Plus, high-performance rendering ensures 3D graphics are smooth and dynamic on the tablet.
More battery Life:
To compensate for the added beefy software power and higher ppi resolution, Google has come over low performance of its battery life. The new revamped version now has plenty of juice to get you through the day; with what it claims up to 9 hours of HD video playback and 10 hours of web browsing or e-reading. As a nice bonus, though, Google has added Wireless Charging functionality in new tablet version.
Pricing and availability:
The revamped version of Nexus 7 tablet is priced at $229 for WiFi-only 16GB version, while 32GB variant goes a little pricey at $269, in the US. LTE-enabled 32GB model of slate will be sold for $349, when it goes on sale. Google has all new Nexus 7 up for grabs here.
On the other hand, while accessories for Nexus 7 II tablet is already available for purchase in the UK via major online retailers, an official release still remains a mystery. We’ll do a follow-up post on the matter. Stay tuned.