Google have ended the wait, the second generation Nexus 7 has been announced. From here on the original model will be the Nexus 7 (2012) and the new version will be, I am sure you can guess, the Nexus 7 (2013).
The release date has been confirmed as July 30th, so not long to wait. I suspect anyone looking to buy a Nexus 7 tablet right now will want to wait a week to get the new model, it’s clearly worth holding off for the extras.
The new model will offer greater performance thanks to the Snapdragon S4, additional RAM and Open GL ES 3.0 support. And whilst packing the extra punch, ASUS have managed to make this new version noticeably thinner and lighter than before. It will run the latest version of the Jelly Bean Android strand, 4.3.
You can see a hands on video uploaded to YouTube by the guys over at Slashgear:
The 2013 model specifications are now listed on the Play Store.
We can confirm the rumoured high res screen and rear facing camera. If you’ve been following our news posts there won’t be any real surprises here.
Snapdragon S4 Pro
Adreno 320 GPU
2 GB RAM
16 or 32gb internal storage
7.02″ 1920×1200 HD display (323 ppi)
1080p HD IPS
Scratch-resistant Corning glass
1.2MP front facing
5MP rear facing
114 x 200 x 8.65 mm
0.64 lbs (290 g)
NFC (Android Beam)
Dual-band Wi-Fi (2.4GHz/5GHz) 802.11 a/b/g/n
Fraunhofer Surround sound
3.5mm audio connector
Next Generation Nexus
So, are you an existing owner, and if so, will you be upgrading from the 2012 model? Must say, I’m kind of tempted, but mostly because I’m having performance problems with my current model.
The new model will be available to buy at the end of the month.