Google recently unveiled a revamped version of its Nexus 7 tablet which is aimed at outdoing Apple’s iPad mini at a lower price. The new Nexus 7 is the follow-up device to one of the top-selling Android devices in the platform’s burgeoning tablet ecosystem. The new iteration of the device outdoes its predecessor in every way possible, with 1.8 times the CPU performance, four times the GPU performance, and twice as much RAM.
The tablet still sports the same 7.02-inch display seen on the first Nexus 7 but Google and its manufacturing partner Asus have significantly bumped up the resolution. The new tablet’s display outputs at 1920x1200, with a pixel density of 323ppi. This is roughly 50% higher than the original Nexus 7’s 216ppi density, nearly twice the iPad mini’s 163ppi, and higher even than the full-size Retina iPad’s 264ppi. Google showcased the display by calling it the “highest DPI of any tablet on the market.”
The new device is also 6mm narrower and 60g lighter than its predecessor. Its larger battery adds an additional hour of video playback as well as two more hours of web surfing. Google also added a 5MP rear camera to the device to accompany the 1.2MP front-facing camera. The rear camera is capable of capturing 1080p video.
Furthermore, Google showed off the newest build of its Android operating system – version 4.3. Still named Jelly Bean, version 4.3 brings multi-user restricted profiles, allowing users to set parental controls governing how other profiles can access in-app purchases. It also brings Bluetooth Smart integration, allowing devices running 4.3 to interface with low-energy, wearable devices. The Nexus 7 will be the first device to ship with Google’s new operating system, which will then roll out to other devices shortly.
The bump in display resolution seems aimed directly at Apple, which held off on a Retina display when releasing the iPad mini last year, but has been rumored to be prepping a Retina iPad mini for release in the next year. Apple might release a new model of its fast-selling smaller tablet with a high-resolution screen, but current speculation has such a device on hold until early 2014.
For those of you who didn’t know, the first Nexus 7 debuted last year, a few months before the iPad mini and continued with solid sales. The CEO of Asus mentioned that his company was producing one million units per month. The iPad mini though, which debuted soon after, ended up grabbing much of the attention in the small tablet segment.
The new Nexus 7 will be available from July 30 from Google’s Play Store, as well as a number of other retailers’ online and physical locations. A 16 GB Wi-Fi model will cost $229 and a 32 GB Wi-Fi version will cost $269. Google will also offer an unlocked 32 GB Wi-Fi + 4G LTE version, said to be compatible with AT&T, Verizon, and T-Mobile for $339.