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New Nexus 7 with HD screen and big upgrades now available at Best Buy

Product Launch by Andrew Kameka on Wednesday July 24, 2013.

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The New Nexus 7, a follow-up to the 7-inch Android tablet released by Google and ASUS last year, has yet to be officially announced at today's Breakfast with Sundar event. However, that hasn't stopped Best Buy from accepting pre-orders for the device and revealing its specs.

The Google Nexus 7 upgrades all aspects of the device. It's still an Android tablet with a 7-inch screen, but that IPS touchscreen now has increased multitouch sensitivity, anti-fingerprint and scratch-resistant coating, high brightness, and a 1920x1200 resolution. The Nexus 7 has a Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro, a 1.5GH quad-core processor. along with 2GB of RAM and 16GB of internal storage..

While the original Nexus 7 had only a front-facing camera, the latest iteration has both a 1.2-megapixel front camera and a 5-megapixel rear camera. I tend to think rear cameras on tablets are not very good and often pointless, but customers no longer have to sacrifice the option with the Nexus 7. Sadly, they'll still have to deal with limited storage as the Nexus 7 does not have a microSD slot.

Best Buy lists the Nexus 7 at $229 for the 16GB model. The device is available for pre-order now and is expected to be shipped between July 30 and August 5. Google will also sellthe device for $269 (32GB Wi-Fi) or $349 (32GB, LTE). Full Nexus 7 specs include:

- Android 4.3 software
- 7-inch IPS LCD display (1920x1200 resolution, 323ppi)
- 1.5 GHz quad-core processor
- 16GB or 32GB internal storage
- Dimension: 7.9 x 4.5 x 0.3in (200.66 x 114.3 x 7.62mm)
- Weight: 11.2 ounces (317.51g)
- 5-megapixel rear camera, 1.2 Megapixel front-facing camera
- Bluetooth 4.0, 802.11 a/b/g/n WiFi, micro USB 2.0
- LTE optional (AT&T, Verizon, or T-Mobile - unlocked)
- Qi wireless charging
- 9 hours of video playback, 10 hours of web browsing or eBook reading

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