Google brings out updated Nexus 7 – thinner, lighter, faster

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SocialNexus7-24WebGoogle has today revealed its second-generation Nexus 7 tablet. Still produced by ASUS, it now has a 7-inch 1080p HD IPS display, 2GB of RAM, a Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 processor, and is now thinner and lighter than its predecessor – being only 8.65mm thin and weighs just less than 300g.

But let’s just hope the build quality is up to scratch – given it has had some problems like easily breaking. They have somewhat addressed that issue by adding Corning Gorilla Glass on the screen, so at least the screen won’t crack like it did when you dropped it from your desk to the floor – a relatively short distance that does not result in a crack on my iPod touch’s screen.

It will have NFC and 4G connectivity, with the standard Bluetooth and Wi-Fi options; and comes in 16GB and 32GB storage capacities. It does have wireless charging via the Qi standard, but no word on any accessories.

The Nexus 7 will come with Android 4.3 – which was also shown off at its launch event. It is still called Jelly Bean (probably still finding a desert with L that isn’t Lemon related), and new features include Bluetooth Smart support and better support for Arabic, Hindi and other right-to-left languages. It also comes with dialer auto-complete, and will suggest names and numbers whilst typing in numbers.

Google is also splitting games from the Play Store app into its own “Play Games” app. It will not only let you download games from the market, but will also be the place to play multiplayer games, track your achievements, and see what your friends are playing. It is available now via the Play Store.

The Nexus 7 comes out at the end of July in the United States with $229 for the 16GB Wi-Fi only model. The 32GB model with Wi-Fi only is $269, while the 32GB with 4G model is $349. No word on Australian availability as of yet.