The new Google Nexus 7 has gone on sale in the UK in the official Play Store, costing £199 for the 16GB and £239 for the 32GB model. The tablet went on sale on Wednesday morning and at the time of publishing has a one to two-day delivery time estimate.
A 4G-ready version has also been made available by O2 on Thursday, costing £320, as the operator uses the device to headline the launch of its 4G network in the UK.
The new Nexus 7 is the second 7in tablet released by Google and was unveiled earlier in August. The tablet builds on the legacy of the original Nexus 7 by undercutting its chief competitor, the £269 Apple iPad Mini, and offering similar top-end technical specifications.
Key upgrades in the new model include a new streamlined design, a more powerful quad-core 1.5GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon processor with Adreno 320 graphics and a 5MP rear camera. The tablet also features a 7in 1920x1200 HD 323ppi display, which Google claims makes it the world's highest-resolution tablet..
Google has also made several software additions to the tablet, which will launch running the latest Android 4.3 Jelly Bean version. These include OpenGL ES 3.0 support and restricted profiles. Restricted profiles is a nifty feature designed to make the tablet more appealing to small businesses, letting the Nexus 7's owner set up and manage multiple accounts on the device and block certain users from downloading apps from third-party stores or making in-app purchases.
OpenGL ES 3.0 support is an under-the-hood addition designed to increase developer interest in Android. The tech lets developers create better-looking applications than before, and allows them to produce more detailed graphic textures and lens flares, and reflections.
For a full look at the new Nexus 7 and its best features check out V3's top 10.
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