Last night, Google announced the much-awaited new Nexus 7 running on Android 4.3 Jelly Bean. Besides US, the other countries to get the Nexus 7 would be UK, Canada, Germany, Spain, France, Japan, Korea, and Australia. Though India is not on that list, Google India’s Nexus 7 page has gone live with a big ‘Coming Soon’ badge, which is the surest indication that a launch is not that far off.
To remind you, the new Nexus 7 is being offered in three variants— 16GB Wi-Fi, 32GB Wi-Fi and 32GB 4GLTE (US only model). The Wi-Fi versions will go on sale by the end of this month with the 4G model soon to follow.
Talking of specifications, the new Nexus 7 flaunts a 7-inch full HD IPS (1920×1200 pixels) display and is powered by a quad-core Snapdragon S4 Pro processor clocked at 1.5GHz and paired with Adreno 320 GPU and 2GB of RAM. Other features included are a 5-megapixel rear camera, 1.2-megapixel secondary camera, dual stereo speakers, 3,950mAh non-removable battery that is claimed to deliver 9 hours of HD video playback and 10 hours of web browsing.
On the connectivity front, the device features HDMI output, NFC and 4G LTE support (US model) and as mentioned above runs on Android 4.3 Jelly Bean.
It’s difficult to speculate how much the new Nexus 7 would cost when it goes on sale in India. But in the US, the 16GB variant is priced at $229 (Rs 13,500 approximately), the 32GB at $269 (Rs 15,800 approximately) and the 4G version at $349 (Rs 20,500 approximately). Currently, the 2012 Nexus 7 costs Rs 15,999 for the 16GB Wi-Fi model and Rs 18,999 for the 32GB Wi-Fi model.