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Google event next week suggests launch of next-gen Nexus 7 as new images hit Web

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Google sent out notes to members of the press on Wednesday inviting them to breakfast with Google executive Sundar Pichai in San Francisco next week. While it’s a safe bet the July 24 event will involve more than simply coffee, croissants and some banal remarks about the weather, it’s not absolutely clear what exactly the Mountain View company has in store for attendees.

With Pichai now heading up Google’s Android division, there’s a chance he may pull the wraps off the next iteration of the Nexus 7 tablet, which, incidentally, is the exact device Android Central claims to have run into this week.

Android Central says it can’t say for sure whether the tablet is the finished product or a prototype, and recommended caution on the specs accompanying the device.

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But here’s a summary of the information it has – the Asus-made slate will sport not one but two cameras. That’s right, it appears the Mountain View company has seen fit to whack a 5-megapixel camera on the rear, while the front camera will remain as a 1.2-megapixel offering.

“The listed motherboard points to Qualcomm’s APQ8064 with a Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro processor,” Android Central says, noting that this is different to earlier rumors suggesting a Snapdragon 600 chip would be included.

A hefty 4GB of DDR3L RAM could, according to the accompanying spec sheet, also be included, as well as stereo speakers, reportedly located on the rear of the tablet. Also, it’ll likely launch in two flavors, 16GB and 32GB, the same as what’s currently available with the Nexus 7.

There was talk earlier this month that Google was preparing to unveil a new version of its year-old smaller tablet by the end of July, so let’s see what Pichai comes up with at breakfast next Wednesday. A new Nexus 7? More info on the Moto X? A fabulous new eggs Benedict recipe? Your guess is as good as mine.

[Images: Android Central]

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Google’s new Nexus 7 to hit UK shores August 28
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If you’re UK based and interested in getting your hands on Google’s refreshed Nexus 7 tablet, the good news is you don’t have too long to wait.
Asus, the manufacturer of the updated device, has confirmed to Pocket-lint the Wi-Fi version of the new tablet will start selling on August 28. The 4G version could follow several weeks later. Interested consumers will be able to pick up the tablet from retailers such as Currys and PC World, or purchase it online from the Google Play store. There’s no word yet on when it’ll launch in other European markets.
The 16GB Wi-Fi-only model comes with a £199.99 price tag, while the 32GB version will sell for £239.99. It’s a bit of a jump from the old prices (£159.99 and £199.99), but Google obviously feel its improved specs will be enough to get consumers digging into their wallets.
Bringing the new Android tablet to the UK market before Apple rolls out a new version of the Mini, possibly this fall, is obviously a good move by Google, giving it a decent head start as we move toward the start of the all-important holiday season.
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DT’s reviewers gave the new Nexus 7, which launched in the US a couple of weeks ago, an admirable 90 percent rating, praising it for its thinner and lighter design, superb full HD screen, speedy Android 4.3 OS, and powerful processor. Its new 5-megapixel rear camera, on the other hand, is a serious letdown.
“We recommend it above competitors like the Kindle Fire and would have a tough time choosing between it and the iPad Mini,” the review concluded. “If you have $100 to burn, the $330 iPad Mini may arguably be a better tablet, but its screen sucks compared to the $230 Nexus 7.” Of course, that should change with the launch of the next Mini.
To see how the Nexus 7 stands up against Apple’s smaller and the Galaxy Tab 3 7.0, click here.

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Google’s new Nexus 7 gets slimmer, packs a 1080p screen, Android 4.3
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Best Buy leaked it early and then Google finally made it official: the second generation Nexus 7 is here. The 7-inch Android tablet to beat got some upgraded specs and the newest version of Android, 4.3. It's thinner, lighter, and more drool-worthy. Will it make the iPad Mini nervous?
The Nexus 7 keeps the 7-inch display of its predecessor rather than adding a few fractions of an inch as other tablets have done recently. Instead, Google upped the pixel density by adding a full HD 1920 x 1200 resolution, 323ppi panel. This should make reading magazines and small print in e-books much easier on the eyes. It also makes the Nexus 7 the highest resolution 7-inch tablet on the market today. Yes, even higher than the Nook HD, which previously held that distinction.
Design-wise, the Nexus 7 is sleeker, slimmer, and better looking than the first gen. Wrapped in an all-black design with a soft-touch back, the tablet comes off as more modern and beautiful. Google slimmed the whole affair down by reducing bezel size by about 6mm and reducing overall thickness to 0.3 inches. The Nexus weighs just 11.2 ounces and looks like it will be easier to hold in one hand.
Specs-wise, the Nexus 7 is now faster with a 1.4GHz quad-core Snapdragon processor and 2GB of RAM. Google showed off some fancy graphics and games in their demo this morning that show this tablet's appeal for mobile gamers. Riptide GP 2 is much richer and more detailed in this version and the graphics engine renders the 3D water, background elements, and player realistically. We're also excited about the Android version of Prince of Persia 2, out tomorrow.
In addition, the Nexus 7 sports stereo speakers on the top and bottom edges. Google claims that virtual surround sound technology will make the speakers sound like a 5.1 stereo system. Multimedia lovers will also appreciate the HDMI out via the USB port and Bluetooth 4.0.
Even with this extra power, Google says it will last an hour longer than the previous generation. That means up to 9 hours of video playback and 10 hours of normal use.
The Nexus 7 will be available on July 30th from the Google Play store as well as several brick & mortar retailers. This time around there are three models: 16GB Wi-Fi for $230, 32GB Wi-Fi for $270, and 32GB LTE for $350.
There's finally a 4G LTE version of the Nexus 7 compatible with major wireless carriers. Unlike the iPad Mini, you don't have to limit yourself to one carrier. The Nexus 7 LTE will work with AT&T, T-Mobile, and Verizon Wireless -- all the radios are in one device. This model will be available in "coming weeks."
Excited yet? Best Buy is taking pre-orders.

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New Nexus 7 hits Best Buy for pre-order ahead of official unveiling
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If anyone has any doubts that Google is prepping to unveil the second iteration of its Nexus 7 tablet this morning, they can put them to bed now – Best Buy has just added the device to its online store; specs, pics, everything.
Available for pre-order, the Asus-made device is priced at $229.99 for the 16GB model and $269.99 for the 32GB version.
All those recent leaks mean there are few surprises looking down the spec list of the new Nexus 7. The tablet is all set to ship with 4.3 Jelly Bean and comes with a 1.5GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro processor and 2GB of RAM.
The screen’s resolution has been whacked up to 1920x1200 (from 1280x800), offering 178-degree viewing angles. And as expected, a new 5-megapixel rear camera has been added, while the front camera remains unchanged at 1.2 megapixels..
Weighing 11.2 ounces with dimensions of 7.9 inches x 4.5 inches x 0.3 inches, the updated model is a little slimmer and lighter than the first iteration.
You can check out the full spec list by jumping over to Best Buy’s page here and hitting the specifications tab.
According to the store’s listing, the name stays the same – no Nexus 7 2 as some feared, not even the insertion of “new”. Nope, this is still the Nexus 7, only it’s looking a lot nicer now.

One obvious physical difference is that the “Nexus” text on the back now runs longways, giving people at least one quick way to differentiate between the old and the new.
The official unveiling of the new tablet is expected to take place at a special event in San Francisco this morning at 9am (PT), hosted by Sundar Pichai, head of Google’s Android and Chrome divisions. Pichai is also expected to give us the lowdown on Android 4.3 – it’s shipping with the new Nexus 7, after all – and could even pull the covers off a new version of the Nexus 4. Whatever happens, we’ll keep you posted.

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