So here we go, guys. The specs to the long awaited Nexus 7 refresh as starting to come into focus. While the main thing we care about is a slightly higher-res display, we get no confirmation of that. But we do get an idea of how the rest of the tablet will shape up. Here’s the rundown:
- 1.5GHz quad-core CPU
- 7-inch display (duh)
- 5MP rear camera
- 1.2MP front-facing camera
- Slim port connectivity
- Wireless charging
- Android 4.3
So again we see mention of dual cameras (as seen in a leak from earlier in the week), a bumped up processor, and Android 4.3. The latter will likely be announced alongside the new Nexus 7 next week. What we haven’t seen mentioned explicitly before is Slim Port connectivity for 1080p video output to TV and built-in wireless charging. We’ll keep our fingers crossed that it actually comes out of the box and not via expensive accessories.
That add-ons do come at a cost, though. Rumors put this version of the Nexus 7 at $269.99 for a 32GB model. The price is $20 more than you would pay for a current-gen 32GB Nexus 7, and there is no indication Google will rollout the upgrades to a 16GB version.
Are the extra greenbacks worth it? The tablet will still fall squarely in the budget category, and for what it offers it seems like a small price to pay. We’ll have to wait until we get the new unit in our hands to make a final decision, however.