Google officially announces the Nexus 7


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We already knew everything there was to know about the Nexus 7, but Google went ahead and made it all official. The refreshed Nexus 7 for 2013 features Qualcomm’s 1.5GHz quad-core Snapdragon S4 Pro chipset, 2GB of RAM, a 7-inch 1920 x 1200 display, a 5 megapixel rear camera, a 1.2 megapixel front camera, WiFi N, Bluetooth 4.0, aGPS, NFC and more.

The devices comes in two different storage configurations. You can grab the 16GB version for just $230, or spring for the loaded 32GB version for $270. That’s “Google pricing” at its finest, and it’d be hard to find a more capable tablet than this for the price elsewhere.

Oh, and don’t forget that this thing will run stock Android 4.3 out of the box, which we’re still expecting to hear about in the moments to come.  Find more updates about Android 4.3 here.

The device will come with 4G LTE radios that work with T-Mobile, AT&T and Verizon, all within the same device. You can grab a SIM card from any of these carriers and pop them right in to get 4G data going. (And, of course, there will be WiFi-only models for those who don’t need such connectivity).

The New Nexus 7 is said to ship “in the coming weeks,” in the US, Canada, UK, Japan, and more. For the US, pricing starts at $230 for the 16GB WiFi model and $270 for the 32GB WiFi model.

Quentyn Kennemer
The "Google Phone" sounded too awesome to pass up, so I bought a G1. The rest is history. And yes, I know my name isn't Wilson.

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  1. I may consider this. Can be a nice portable gaming device.

    1. I’ll need HDMI out to use this.

      1. That’s what they just launched ChromeCast for.

        1. Let me go re-read it. From what I read the ChromeCast isn’t for streaming your screen, but certain content. Like videos and pictures.

      2. and the new Nexus7 does support HDMI out using slimport, or you also have the Chromecast option.

  2. hope they offer a $25 PlayStore credit like last time.

  3. I own an iPad 4, so the device in front of me looks like a great bargain, but I am content with what I have. I might buy one of these in the future as a 2nd tablet experience especially if they make an LTE model for $299 or $329.

    1. Yeah, what’s the deal with LTE? Was that not discussed at all?

      1. All we know is that the FCC came across the new model with LTE. It would probably be released a few months later than the Wi-Fi edition based off last yr’s timeline. Keep in mind, this will be Google’s first “official” LTE enabled device, so the demand will be huge. I might buy a Nexus 5 or Nexus 7 with LTE tbh actually. My Note 2 will be my main phone and the Nexus 5 will be my backup. Unless I get a PS4, different story. Now Google is working really hard and producing quality products. This makes the OG Nexus 7 outdated.

    2. Why buy an LTE model and pay a premium. You can make a one time purchase of a Mi-Fi device and never have to buy a LTE tablet again. and as a bonus, you can run 9 other devices off of it. It just doesnt make sense to spend extra for an LTE tablet.

      1. I can pop in my SIM Card from T-Mobile and use it for internet, so buying a Mi-Fi is moot.

        1. What he means is that you can buy a mobile hotspot for around $70 and always buy WiFi only tablets since they are much cheaper. The 32gb 4g lte nexus 7 will be $350 so you are paying $10 more than what a hotspot would cost just to have built in 4g. If you ever plan on buying another tablet, I hotspot would be worth it in the long run if you are trying to save money

          1. You are also forgetting the service fees and the fact I didn’t specify if I need a 16 GB LTE model or 32 GB one.

          2. You can tether this to your phone. It’s considered mobile connecting so it doesn’t add to your tethering. Tested this when Tmo said I’ve used up my 500MB free and my tablet still worked.

            My computer redirected to the Tmo website, but my tablet worked fine.

        2. or, an even easier method. just tether your Nexus4 to your Nexus7, easy, free, and no hassles.

          1. I have a 2GB data plan and I am not using my Note II to tether a Nexus 7 because it would eat up my data plan quickly. I have only 500 MB to use for tethering and I don’t have the patience to root my Note II since rooting my old S3 3 times screwed it up with different roms, and it messed up the hardware.

      2. I’m a big advocate of WiFi tethering. Just having one SIM-card and one monthly cell bill is the way to go. You do get many more, earlier choices for devices to use as well.

        However, there is one distinct disadvantage to this: lost or stolen devices. I have avast set up on all three of my android phones/tablets, however the Nexus 7 tablet and my old ruggedized, waterproof cell phone (WiFi only, bluetooth music player from 32GB micro-SD and GPS tracker) cannot be tracked or locked down unless they are connected to the net. If I leave my Nexus 7 on the train, I have no way of recovering it or wiping it.

        The work-around is of course for these two devices to have a lock screen. Once they go to sleep, no normal person is going to be able to access anything other than the media on the micro-SD, so they are not a security risk so much as just being dumb when I’m not there with my WiFi-tethering cell phone.

        In the future, what I am thinking of doing is getting devices with a SIM slot and using an MVNO to keep them connected but to still use WiFi for the vast majority of the content. This still isn’t there for most of humanity, but I think the day is coming when we can get prepaid SIMs that come with a gigabyte or so of data that does not expire for a one-time reasonable price. In Japan, travelers can get these SIMs, but I think they have a one year limit. Maybe the EU has better offerings. It is a market waiting to be served . . .

        You’d still have to work out how to prevent media services and apps from using the cell connection while having it always on for your security apps and a few other low-data services.

      3. On At&t, a mifi device runs $20 a month on a mobile share plan. A tablet runs $10 a month with the hotspot feature. If you use a mifi, you’re at a minimum packing 2 devices to access the internet. With an lte tablet, you just need one device.

  4. I remember when products weren’t leaked and we were actually surprised when they came out.

    1. It’s so hard these days. There’s always one geek in every factory ready to let things slip.

    2. One other impressive Android tablet to launch this week is the Pipo M7 Pro ($255) that for about the same price as the Nexus 7 II, features a much larger 8.9 inch display with 1900×1200 screen resolution, a Quad core processor, along with built-in GPS navigation… and is packed with other features and the latest technology that compares to the new Nexus– there’s also an 8″ model similar to the mini iPad that became available last week – the Pipo U8 ($195) that’s almost as compact in size as the Nexus 7″, but features 65% more screen space in its 8-inch form, which truly makes a difference in user experience… both new Android tablet models are available through T ab l e t S p r i n t — which also features $25 in some quality and useful Bonus Apps, including an MS Office Suite App and several premium 3D Games, including the popular Shadowgun–

      1. Not sure if robot…

  5. I’ll be waiting for the new Kindles. They will be $30 cheaper with the same resolution, and memory and similar processor. And as a bonus (yes bonus), they will run the modified UI that Amazon uses. Google will then drop the Nexus prices accordingly.

    1. I wouldn’t consider the Amazon UI a bonus, but to each his own.

    2. I’m not sure you’ve said a single thing I agree with…

      1. lol u win

  6. ima buy it, because it comes straight from google!!!


  8. Does anyone know if the screen looks washed out like on the original N7?

    1. I read somewhere, sorry i cant remember where that the colors were improved 80% with the new 1080p screen

  9. I want someone to explain the really huge bezel? Is that a coaster to put your coffee cup on?

    1. I’m in agreement. The argument, as I understand it, is that the big top/bottom bezels are to let you hold the device when using it in landscape mode. But to me they still seem really excessive.

    2. at least the bezel is smaller than last year’s Nexus7

  10. UK Play store has been updated to show it’s the 2012 model. Who would buy one now?

  11. Why is there no date? I know a lot of other things said next Tuesday but I would like a date from the Goog.

  12. Is there anywhere that we can pre-order this right now? Everywhere seems to say coming soon.

    1. Best Buy

  13. I wish it had a hdmi port and you would not have to use a mhl to hdmi dongle

  14. If its supposed to be landscape, why did you put the camera on the vertical top, not the horizontal one?

    1. There is no good solution to this. The camera lens has to be somewhere, and unless tablets start coming with two user-facing camera lenses*, then putting the one lens on the “vertical top” appears to be the approach almost all manufacturers are going with. Some do put the lens in a corner, like google did with the away-facing camera lens on this Nexus 7.

      * Two or more camera lenses facing the user opens video chatting to 3D image transmission. Imagine 3D skype!

  15. on Cnet it says the LTE model works on verizon,att,and sprint. it does not mention Tmobile. Also, is the screen LED or LCD? and has Slimport(HDMI out) been confirmed? thanx guys

    1. Every article I’ve read says the opposite… Verizon, AT&T, T-Mobile, and explicitly NO Sprint.

        “The Nexus 7 also has an LTE-ready 32GB model for $349, and it’s unlocked to work across Verizon, Sprint, and AT&T. Apple’s LTE iPad Minis are carrier-specific. A 16GB LTE Mini costs $459, and the 32GB version costs a whopping $559. The Mini also comes in 64GB configurations”

        maybe a typo…or wrong info

        1. Gotta be a typo. Droid Life, Phandroid, Android Central, Android Police, and the FCC all say T-Mobile, no Sprint.

          1. I would have to go with the FCC in this case since that is the definitive answer otherwise Google would be in trouble

  16. Performance wise, how does this compare to the Nexus 10?

  17. can somebody please tell me if this new Nexus 7 supports Miracast as a wireless display?

  18. What are we going to call this to distinguish it from the original? Nexus 7 2013?

    Apple went for the brain-dead “New iPad” for their 2012 iPad (or was it 2013? Fittingly, I don’t even know…) Lenovo called their Windows successor their problem plagued ThinkPad Tablet the ThinkPad Tablet 2. If google is not going to give these devices distinct names to make searches and online community support easier, then we need to do so — and fast before naming schemes fragment.

    So, I propose we call this the “2013 Nexus 7” with “Nexus 7 2013” being an alternative. If you screw the word order up, a search can still find the right device, but choosing one now will allow for better verbatim searches.

    “Nexus 7 2” is another alternative but just seems dumb. “The new Nexus 7” is obviously not going to work. The original, 2012 Nexus 7 was even “the new Nexus 7” for a while, and old discussion posts don’t automatically update themselves.

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