Looks like Google and Asus have realized the value of launching gadgets early in India. The second-generation Nexus 7 has just been announced and the Google Nexus India page has already listed the tablet as a coming soon device.
This news is really good considering the first generation Nexus 7 and even the Nexus 4 took their own sweet time to launch in India. The website for the second-gen Nexus 7 reads, “Sign up today and we'll give you a heads up when you can get your new Google Nexus 7, on Google Play or at a retailer near you.” All you need to do is enter your email ID and you will be notified when the new Nexus 7 will be made available in India and hopefully at what price too. Those interested in receiving updates about the Nexus 7’s India launch can sign up on Google‘s India Nexus page.
The new Nexus 7 manufactured by Asus for Google and the improvements in specifications are quite impressive when compared to the first-gen Nexus 7. To start with, the 7-inch display now has a 1920x1200 pixel resolution giving it a pixel density of 323ppi. The device comes in 16GB and 32GB storage variants, but sadly, there is no storage expansion option available. The Nexus 7 now has a 5MP rear facing camera and a 1.2MP front facing camera for hangouts.
Under the hood, the Nexus 7 has a Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro quad-core 1.5 GHz Krait processor, coupled with Adreno 320 GPU and 2GB of RAM. The battery capacity of the tablet hasn’t been revealed but Google claims 9 hours of HD video playback and 10 hours of web browsing on the tablet. The new Nexus 7 runs on the latest Android 4.3 Jelly Bean straight out-of-the-box. If you are one who enjoys gaming on your tablet, then you are in luck as the device supports OpenGL ES 3.0.
The Nexus 7 will be available in three variants starting July 30 in the US. The 16GB Wi-Fi only is priced at $229 (Rs. 13,600 approx.), the 32GB Wi-Fi only model is priced at $269 (Rs. 16,000 approx.) and the 32GB 4G-LTE version will cost $349 (Rs. 20,700 approx.).