Nexus 7 2 official specs, UK release date and 4G prices

News Paul Briden 13:02, 28 Aug 2013

All the new Nexus 7 2 official details including specs, UK release date and pricing

The new Nexus 7 2 is now available in the UK, from Google Play for £199 for the 16GB version or £239 for the 32GB version.

The Nexus 7 2 4G version is also available from O2 for £319.99.

But what is the Nexus 7 2 all about?

With a higher resolution display than the original Nexus 7 launched in 2012, new Android 4.3 OS and improved processor, it's one of the best tablets around, for the lowest price.

28 August 2013

Nexus 7 2 (2013) available in the UK today

The Google Nexus 7 2 (2013) has landed in the UK in both 16GB and 32GB versions.

The Nexus 7 2 will cost £199 for the 16GB version and £239 for the 32GB version from Google Play, shipping in 1-2 days.

You can also visit O2's site can also visit the from August 29 to pre-order the 4G-Ready version of the Nexus 7 for £319.99.

Nexus 7 2 (2013) UK release date comes early at eBuyer

Google’s Nexus 7 gets an early UK release date at retailer eBuyer, which now has the tablet listed as available with free next day delivery. 

The Nexus 7 was believed to be landing in the UK on August 28, meaning eBuyer is outpacing the rest of the market (and Google Play itself) by at least five days. 

The Nexus 7 2 (2013) is priced at £199.98 (inc. VAT). 

Check out ebuyer's deals right here

Nexus 7: Introduction & Specs

Google is predicted to sell 3.5 million Nexus 7 2013 units this year alone, according to Taiwanese publication DigiTimes. The original Nexus 7 edition has sold six million units so far, meaning the 2013 edition may just be the best-selling Android tablet to date.

Dubbed the Nexus 7 2 ahead of launch, Google has now confirmed the slate will carry the same namesake as its predecessor, so from here on out we’ll refer to it by its given name: Nexus 7.

Running Android 4.3, the updated Nexus 7 features a 7-inch 1200x1920 pixel display with a truly pin-sharp pixel density of 323ppi. It will be powered by a 1.5GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon Pro chipset and also features 2GB of RAM and storage options of 16GB and 32GB. Google has also added in two cameras: a 5-megapixel setup on the back and a 1.2-megapixel on the front for selfies and video calling. 

The Nexus 7 has no physical navigation keys and you’ll find the volume rocker and power key located on the right hand side of the device. The bezel is still pretty thick although Asus has vastly improved the overall design and finish of the Nexus 7, adding an element of gloss that just wasn’t present on its predecessor. 

Nexus 7 2 2013 prices and UK release dates

Asus has confirmed that the Nexus 7 2 (2013 edition) is hitting the UK on August 28.

As we previously reported, the 16GB version will cost £199, whereas the 32GB version will be priced at £239. The new tablet is a bit more expensive than its predecessor, which now sells at £159.

On August 28, you will be able to purchase the new Nexus 7 Tablet online from Google Play as well as in stores from other retailers.

The new tablet was initially expected to launch in mid-September. The release date then got pushed to August 29 about a week ago and is now being pushed up yet another day.

eBuyer previosuly said in a tweet to a customer that the device will be shipped on August 29.

The Nexus 7 2 (2013) edition will be coming to the UK on August 28, Asus has confirmed.

Below are a selection of UK retailers where you can now pre-order the Nexus 7 2:

Very.co.uk
Very.co.uk has the 4G version of Google's Nexus 7 2 tablet listed on its site, but it would seem the website isn't very happy for you to purchase it.

Although the device is listed as costing £299 and available to purchase now (both the 16GB and 32GB Wi-Fi versions are showing as low stock), when you lcick on the link, you're taken back to the homepage.

However, when the site is up and running, Very says it will be shipping the Nexus 7 4G version in three days for £4 extra.

Game
16GB Nexus 7 Wi-Fi only price: £199.99
32GB Nexus 7 Wi-Fi only price: £239.99
Nexus 7 shipping date: August 28

Amazon (via Tech HeavenS) 16GB Nexus 7 Wi-Fi only price: N/A
32GB Nexus 7 Wi-Fi only price: £297.99
Nexus 7 shipping date: 29 July 2013 

Ebuyer
16GB Nexus 7 Wi-Fi only price: £199.98
32GB Nexus 7 Wi-Fi only price: £239.99
Nexus 7 shipping date: August 29

PC World 16GB Nexus 7 Wi-Fi only price: £199.99
32GB Nexus 7 Wi-Fi only price: £239.99
Nexus 7 shipping date: September 13

Currys 16GB Nexus 7 Wi-Fi only price: £199.99
32GB Nexus 7 Wi-Fi only price: £239.99
Nexus 7 shipping date: September 13

We’ll be updating this article as soon as we get more prices in.

Nexus 7 Specs

  • OS: Android 4.3 Jelly Bean operating system
  • Processor: 1.5GHz Snapdragon S4 Pro 8064 with Adreno 320 GPU
  • Wi-Fi: 802.11a/b/g/n wireless LAN
  • RAM: 2GB DDR3LM memory
  • Display: 7-inch (1920 x 1200 resolution) LCD 10-finger capacitive IPS display with 300 cd/m² brightness, 178-degres viewing angles, and anti-fingerprint technology to minimise smudging
  • Storage: 16GB on-board storage
  • Cameras: 5.0-megapixel rear-facing camera & 1.2-megapixel front-facing setup
  • Connections: Micro USB 2.0 port with SlimPort + Bluetooth 4.0 + NFC
  • Weight: 317.5 grams
  • Thickness: 7.62mm
  • Sensors: G-sensor, ambient light, Ecompass, gyroscope and proximity.

Now US users have started to get the Nexus 7 2 (2013 edition), it seems some are reporting issues with the GPS chip in the device.

According to one owner, who voiced concerns on Google's forum, the GPS signal will get a satellite lock and work fine for between 10 and 30 minutes, but it will then drop out and return to searching mode.

James Skivers said, 'After doing my own troubleshooting, factory defaulting my device, then returning/exchanging my device with the reseller... I reached out to Google Play Support for help and they stated that they are aware of the issue, that it was affecting N7 owners, and that engineering should be issuing a patch fix at some point... they were very vague on any details when asked for clarification.'

Ed Kirstein then chipped in, saying 'Yes, mine goes out in 2 or 3 minutes. I reset to factory new and find that it works until the apps get updated (including maps and earth and others) and then it goes flakey.  So, maybe they broke it with the last update.  I'm trying to decide whether to return it or wait since gps is one of the main reasons I bought it.  Maybe a samsung note 8 might be better (at almost twice the price).'

However it seems the general build of the Nexus 7 2 (2013 edition) is somewhat better than the iPad Mini.

Google's tablet beat the iPad Mini in a drop test, slide test (essentially, sliding the tablet across a table) and the dunk test.

The Nexus 7 2 (2013 edition) only suffered a little damage, while the iPad Mini came away with a cracked screen, cracked rear and a very bruised ego.

Android 4.3: New Features Detailed

Below are all the new additions you can expect to see inside Android 4.3. Most are back-end tweaks but once developers get hold of them the results on the front-end inside apps and games should be astounding. 

  • OpenGL ES 3.0 — Game developers can now take advantage of OpenGL ES 3.0 and EGL extensions as standard features of Android, with access from either framework or native APIs.
  • Bluetooth Smart — Now your apps can communicate with the many types of low-power Bluetooth Smart devices and sensors available today, to provide new features for fitness, medical, location, proximity, and more.
  • Restricted profiles — Tablet owners can create restricted profiles to limit access to apps, for family, friends, kiosks, and more. Your app can offer various types of restrictions to let tablet owners control its capabilities in each profile.
  • New media capabilities — A modular DRM framework enables media application developers to more easily integrate DRM into their own streaming protocols such as MPEG DASH. Apps can also access a built-in VP8 encoder from framework or native APIs for high-quality video capture.
  • Notification access — Your apps can now access and interact with the stream of status bar notifications as they are posted. You can display them in any way you want, including routing them to nearby Bluetooth devices, and you can update and dismiss notifications as needed.
  • Improved profiling tools — New tags in the Systrace tool and on-screen GPU profiling give you new ways to build great performance into your app.

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