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access_time July 24, 2013 at 9:00 AM in Tech by Ramon Aranda

New Nexus 7 tablet revealed today in SF

Photo courtesy of Engadget

Photo courtesy of Engadget

Today in San Francisco, Google revealed a new version of the Nexus 7 tablet.

The new tablet, developed by ASUS, is a updated version of last year’s Android-based model. The screen, according to Engadget, has been improved, getting bumped up to 1920 x 1200, with a pixel density of 323ppi.

The touch-screen is said to be scratch-resistant, while Google says it is fingerprint and smudge-proof.

Google says, the Nexus 7 uses a 1.5GHz quad-core S4 processor, includes 2GB of RAM and utilizes an Adreno 320 GPU. The company also announced that the tablet will run on Android 4.3.

“After the success of the first Nexus 7, we are very excited to continue our partnership with Google with this new model,” said ASUS Chairman Jonney Shih.  “The new Nexus 7 puts the very latest mobile technology in users’ hands and sets a new benchmark for tablets.”

The Nexus 7 will support NFC and 802.11n Wi-Fi, along with Bluetooth 4.0 and supports the SlimPort for beaming 1080p content to a TV. The front-facing camera is still 1.2 megapixels but has a 5-megapixel rear-facing camera. According to the outlet, the tablet is slimmer than the previous model (at 0.3 inches) and features stereo speakers.

The tablet will come in Wi-Fi only models, as well as an unlocked LTE version.  The unlocked version will be compatible on AT&T, T-Mobile and Verizon networks. The LTE model will go for $349 and will have 32GB of storage, while the Wi-Fi models will come in 16 GB ($230) and 32GB ($270) models, with both Wi-Fi versions set for a July 30 release.


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