Google has unveiled its latest Nexus 7 tablet and Android 4.3 Jelly Bean operating system, adding a host of new technologies to its own-brand device.
The new Nexus 7 boasts completely overhauled technology, including an upgraded 7in 1920x1200 HD 323ppi display, which Google's Hugo Barra claims makes it "the world's highest resolution tablet".
Barra added that even with the high resolution screen the tablet will feature improved battery life. "Even with twice the number of pixels you get one extra hour with the new Nexus 7, with it offering nine hours' HD video playback," he said.
The tablet is also confirmed to be far thinner and lighter than its 197x120x10.5mm, 340g predecessor, measuring in at 200x114x8.65mm and weighing 290g.
Google confirmed the new Nexus will be powered by a quad-core 1.5GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon processor with Adreno 320 graphics. The new tablet will also feature 2GB of RAM and newly added 5MP and 1.2MP cameras. The additions make the tablet a marked step up from the first Nexus 7, which ran using an Nvidia Tegra 3 chip, boasted 1GB of RAM and only had a front-facing camera. The lack of camera was reportedly a design decision made to keep the original tablet's cost down.
The tablet will be available in 16GB or 32GB storage models, both of which will feature Bluetooth 4.0, NFC and wireless charging technology and 802.11 a/b/g/n WiFi connectivity. A heavier 299g 4G LTE version has also been confirmed for release in the UK.
The new Nexus will be the first device to run on Android 4.3. The OS features a host of business minded upgrades including new Restrictive Access powers. The feature is designed to let users create separate user accounts with tailored rights. "In Android 4.3 we're adding Restricted Profiles. With restricted content you can restrict app access at a user level," explained Barra.
Other key additions include improved text input and faster user account switching options. The ability to create multiple accounts was a feature originally added on Android 4.2 Jelly Bean. Android and Chrome OS chief Sundar Pichai said he expects the new Nexus 7 to further increase Google's growing interest in Android tablets.
"Smartphones have exploded in growth and tablets are following the same trend. We at Google are excited by this trend and are embracing it," Pichai said. "By the end of 2013 consumers are going to be buying more tablets every year than personal computers. We from the Android team are investing a lot in tablets."
The new Nexus 7 is set to launch in the UK "in the coming weeks" with the 16GB model costing £199, the 32GB £239 and the 4G model £299. Check back with V3 later for a full review of the new Google Nexus 7.
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