updated 04:57 pm EDT, Fri July 26, 2013
Release date of quad-core tablet previously expected July 30
Unexpectedly, Google's newest Nexus 7 tablet has appeared on the Google Play store, starting at $229. Beginning today, orders for the 16 and 32GB versions are available, instead of the previously-announced July 30 release date. Google is likely matching efforts from Amazon, Best Buy, Gamestop, and Walmart's online stores, who all started pre-sales of the device either the night before it was released, or the day of.
The new seven-inch display improves on the previous model by offering a 1920x1200 resolution, providing it a pixel density of 323 pixels per inch, which the company claims is the "highest PPI of any tablet on the market." The Nexus 7 also provides a 30-percent wider range of colors in the display, dual stereo speakers with Fraunhofer virtual surround sound, a rear-facing five-megapixel camera, and a front-facing 1.2-megapixel version.
The processor has been changed to a Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro chipset running at 1.5GHz, using a processor that is 1.8 times faster and a GPU four times faster than the previous model, supported by 2GB of RAM. Connectivity over dual-band Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0, HDMI-out, and NFC will be provided, along with an unlocked 4G LTE model for the United States that will work on AT&T, T-Mobile, and Verizon. It will also have the capability to wirelessly charge, and is said to have power to last for up to nine hours of HD video playback and 10 hours of browsing.