Google has announced an updated Nexus 7 tablet with the latest version of Android and several key new features. We take a first look at the device.
The new Nexus 7 is a fully updated version of last year’s popular Nexus tablet. It comes with Android 4.3, a much improved screen resolution and a faster processor. We reveal its five key features and judge how it fares against Apple’s iPad mini.
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Google Nexus 7 – five key features
A dazzling HD screen – The new Nexus 7 has a 1920 x 1200 resolution screen, which should make for an even better display that’s ideal for watching high definition films. Combined with an improved colour range, images should look bright and pin-sharp too.
Introducing Android 4.3– The new Nexus 7 runs on the latest version of Android Jelly Bean (4.3). Key changes include restricted multi-user profiles that control access to in-app purchasing, and support for more photo-realistic 3D graphics.
Increased performance – With a 1.5GHz processor, Google claims the Nexus 7 is almost 4x faster than its predecessor. Thanks 2GB Ram, it should also be a dab hand at multi-tasking on the go and smoothly transitioning between apps.
An added rear-facing camera – One sign that corners had been cut with the original Nexus was that it only had one camera. If you like taking photos with your tablet, you’ll be glad to hear the latest Nexus 7 has been equipped with a 5-megapixel rear-facing camera in addition to its 1.2 front-facing snapper.
Lighter and slimmer – Not only is this Nexus tablet 2mm thinner than its predecessor, it’s also 50g lighter. This makes it even easier to squeeze into your handbag or rucksack and carry around.
Which? Expert View
The original Google Nexus 7 was the first credible, cheap tablet to hit the market. This latest update sticks to that same irresistible formula. If you’re after an affordable 7-inch tablet, the Nexus 7 seems to have the edge over Apple’s iPad mini.
Google has promised the new Nexus 7 will be available in the UK over the coming weeks with either 16 or 32GB of internal storage; prices for the tablet will start from £200. It’s a thoroughly tempting proposition when you consider its 323 pixels per inch resolution and ultra-portable design.
Having previously garnered praise for its smooth web-browsing and processing power, I’m excited to see how this new entry in the Nexus 7 series performs once we’ve rushed it into our test lab.
Jessica Moreton, Senior Technology Researcher-Writer