Google made the ASUS Nexus 7 (2013) official just 2 days ago, and now it's making it officially available to order directly from the Google Play Store. If you want one right now there's a few different options available, including Best Buy and Amazon according to a few individuals out there, but if you want to get it directly from Google you can order it straight from the Google Play Store. The 16GB model runs for $229, while the 32GB model will cost an extra $40 at $269. Both of these editions are WiFi only, so if you want one of the LTE-enabled versions you're going to have to wait a little while until your carrier of choice has them in stock. The LTE-enabled version of the new Nexus 7 is also a bit more expensive, coming in at $349 for the 32GB model.
When comparing it to last year's first-generation Nexus 7, the 2013 model is definitely a fantastic upgrade. You'll get a significantly upgraded display, much more processing power, better speakers and a rear-facing camera, all while still being 50 grams lighter and 18% thinner than the first generation model. Here's the complete rundown on the specs for the new Nexus 7:
- 7-inch 1920x1200 (323 PPI)
- 1.5GHz Quad-Core Snapdragon S4 Pro
- 2GB RAM
- 16 or 32GB internal storage
- 3950 mAh battery
- 5MP rear-facing autofocus camera
- 1.2MP front-facing fixed-focus camera
- Android 4.3
- 200 x 114 x 8.65mm
As Google has been quick to point out, that 1080p 7-inch screen is the highest resolution 7-inch screen on the market, and beats the pants off just about any tablet out there. The rest of the specs on the list are comparable, with the processor being a little on the light side when compared with the newest phones on the market. Still the processor found here is in the same family as the one that powers the Nexus 4, which means if you're content with the speed of that device you'll definitely be happy with the new Nexus 7. Google has been pinning the new Nexus 7 as the ultimate pocket entertainment device, and for good reason. If you're pining to get the new Nexus 7 today be sure to check with your nearest Staples or Best Buy, otherwise Amazon or Google Play will be your best bet!