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Old 19-07-2013, 07:06 AM   #1
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Google Nexus 7 2nd generation

Google unveils high-resolution, Snapdragon-equipped Nexus 7 successor



Google officially unveiled the successor to its Nexus 7 Android reference tablet this morning during a presentation given by Android and Chrome boss Sundar Pichai. The tablet, which is still called the Nexus 7 and is manufactured in partnership with Asus, will be available starting at $229 beginning on July 30th. The tablet was widely expected to be announced at the Google I/O developer conference in May, but the company forewent major hardware announcements at its keynote in favor of showing off new updates to its services and Android APIs.

This tablet will be the first to ship with Android 4.3, the latest version of the Android mobile operating system. Like Android 4.2 and 4.1 before it, this update will still be called "Jelly Bean" to reflect its status as a minor update rather than a major overhaul to the operating system. You can read more about the new update here.

The tablet's specifications are largely in line with recent speculation: its 7-inch screen has an increased resolution of 1920×1200, retaining the previous tablet's 16:10 aspect ratio. This gives the new tablet an impressive pixel density of 323 PPI, which while not as high as the 1080p Android phones we've been seeing lately is appreciably higher than the Nexus 7's 216 PPI and higher than the 264 and 300 PPI displays in the Retina iPads and the Nexus 10, respectively. The new screen also has a "30 percent wider range of colors" than the previous version's.

On the inside, the new Nexus trades Nvidia's Tegra chips for Qualcomm's, specifically a 1.5GHz Snapdragon S4 Pro similar to the one being used in the Nexus 4. This won't be as fast as newer Snapdragon 600 and Snapdragon 800-based devices, but its higher clock speed and more efficient architecture (as well as its Adreno 320 GPU) should give users a sizable increase in processor and graphics performance over the old Tegra 3. It's also probable that Asus can buy the S4 Pro from Qualcomm for cheaper than the Snapdragon 600 or 800, a necessary step to getting the tablet down to the desired price point.

The $229 version of the tablet also includes 2GB of RAM (up from 1GB in the original) and 16GB of storage. A 32GB version is available for $269. The 4G LTE version of the tablet will include 32GB of storage and cost $349. As with every Nexus device since the Nexus One, the newest member of the family doesn't include an SD card slot for storage expansion. The United States will receive the device soon; Canada, Germany, Spain, the UK, Japan, South Korea, France, and Australia will get it in the "coming weeks." Other countries will follow soon after.



The tablet's physical design isn't drastically different from the old Nexus 7, though Asus and Google have worked to refine it. The silver plastic rim around the screen has been removed in favor of a black rim that matches the bezels and the back of the tablet. The device is also slightly taller (7.9 inches compared to 7.81), lighter (11.2 ounces compared to 12), and thinner (0.3 inches compared to 0.41) than the previous model.

The tablet's back (now smooth but still "soft touch" rather than textured as was the case with the outgoing Nexus 7) has a vertical Nexus logo in its center, and the old Nexus 7's single rear-facing speaker grille has been exchanged for two separate grilles on the top and bottom (or, in landscape orientation, left and right) sides of the tablet. There's a headphone jack on top of the tablet, a micro-USB port on the bottom, and power and volume buttons on the left edge.

The new Nexus also offers a couple of features that didn't make it into its predecessor: its front facing HD webcam is joined by a 5MP camera on the back of the tablet. The new tablet also supports both 2.4GHz and 5GHz 802.11n, while the old model supported only the 2.4GHz band. A 4G LTE version of the tablet will also be released—a single US model will be able to support AT&T, T-Mobile, and Verizon. Also, like the Nexus 4, it supports the Qi wireless charging standard and HDMI output through the micro-USB port via the SlimPort standard.

The original Nexus 7 will be discontinued in keeping with Google's decision to completely replace older Nexus hardware rather than making old models available at lower price points.

All in all, the new Nexus 7 looks just about like we expected it to: a predictable but respectable bump in specifications along with a modest redesign. We'll be giving the tablet (as well as Android 4.3) a full review in the coming days.

Google has officially unveiled the hugely anticipated follow-up to 2012’s Nexus 7 alongside Android Jelly Bean 4.3, adding in a better display, high-end spec, and optional support for LTE.

The new Nexus 7 will available to buy from Google Play on July 30 in the US, with a UK release revealed as September 13 according to retailer PC World who is retailing the 16GB Wi-Fi only model for £199.99 and the 32GB version for £239.99.

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 & 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 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.

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.

1) 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.
2) 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.
3) 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.
4) 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.
5) 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.
6) 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.

unboxing nexus 7 2



Compact tablets battle: Google Nexus 7 2 vs iPad mini vs Google Nexus 7

Google announced a second-generation Nexus 7, which retains the screen size, but increases the resolution tremendously to 1920 x 1200 pixels. This continues the affordable slate’s role as yardstick for other portable Android tablets to be measured against. But how does it stack up against Apple’s portable tablet warrior – the iPad mini? Should you rush to the Google Play Store to get one to replace your first-gen Nexus 7?



We’ve prepared a quick comparison table that’ll bring you another step closer to making the decision.

For starters, the new Nexus 7 is thinner and a tad lighter than its predecessor. As a result it’s more comfortable to operate with one hand. It’s still 10 grams heavier than the iPad mini, but Apple’s portable tablet is 2cm wider, so things balance out in terms of handling there.

We mentioned the screen resolution, and here neither the iPad mini, nor the first-gen Nexus 7 can hold a candle to Nexus 7 2′s WUXGA display. Its pixel density is almost double that of the iPad mini’s. Portable tablets not only need to be easy to handle, but also cheap to buy. Google asks $30 more for the Nexus 7 2 than it did with the original, but it’s still not even close to the premium charged by the Apple offering.

Check out the table below to see how the Nexus 7 2 stacks up against the iPad mini and the first-gen Nexus 7.



Do note that Singapore LTE networks use bands 3 and 7; buying a 4G Nexus 7 '2' from the US would mean you can't use LTE here (3G HSDPA will work fine however...).

4G iPad Mini's support fewer bands than the Nexus 7 '2' - it has no support for Band 7 used by both Singtel and M1 here.

Google: Nexus 7
Networks-Optional 4G LTE
North America:
4G LTE: 700/750/850/1700/1900/2100 MHZ (Bands: 1/2/4/5/13/17)
HSPA+: 850/900/1900/2100/AWS MHz (Bands: 1/2/4/5/8/10)
GSM: 850/900/1800/1900 MHz

Europe:
4G LTE: 800/850/1700/1800/1900/2100/2600 MHz (Bands: 1/2/3/4/5/7/20)
HSPA+: 850/900/1900/2100/AWS MHz (Bands: 1/2/4/5/8/10)
GSM: 850/900/1800/1900 MHz


Wikipedia: List of LTE networks
Operator Country Frequency(MHz) Band
M1 Singapore 1800 3
M1 Singapore 2600 7
SingTel Singapore 1800 3
SingTel Singapore 2600 7
StarHub Singapore 1800 3


Apple: iPad LTE
Model Number
LTE Band Support


iPad mini Model A1454
2 (1900 MHz)
4 (AWS)
5 (850 MHz)
17 (700b MHz)

iPad mini Model A1455
1 (2100 MHz)
3 (1800 MHz)
5 (850 MHz)
13 (700c MHz)
25 (1900 MHz)
Apparently,



Nexus 7 - Google

got this from the google website..

seens like band 3 is available in north american?
Nexus 7 (2013) - Tablet & Mobile - ASUS

Band 1 2 3 is confusing.. lets look directly at the frequencies





Looks like US version does have 1800Mhz..

Mobile Network Guide - What You Need to Know About 4G LTE - HardwareZone.com.sg
means can hoot US LTE version la

Mid-Year Review of Telco's 4G LTE Networks for Smartphones - HardwareZone.com.sg

But I only know if you using Starhub, then no need hoot UK LTE model..
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I AM HERE!
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This is cool, will ask friends in US to help buy =D
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If they only put in an expandable memory slot, then this will be perfect for me.... sigh
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Are you guys ready? Rumored to be out on 24 July next wed

Excited..

Hope the rumored specs are true. A worthy successor using the newer generation SoCs.
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Images from SlashGear, Photo source from Android Central.







Next up? The 2nd generation Nexus 7 which will reportedly launch next week, on the 23rd of July, and for a slightly increased base price of $229. The leaked inventory shot has put the 32 GB model price at an affordable $269.99. The new and improved Nexus 7 is said to pack a Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 SoC, 2 GB of RAM and a 7-inch Full HD display with Google’s newest Android 4.3 Jelly Bean OS on board.

Read more: Next-generation Google Nexus 7 coming to retail next week, photos and video leaked - VR-Zone

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actually like no difference, i am now might as well buy nexus 7
actually the new ver is overkilled for normal useage...
but well... buy might as well buy new one.
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If they only put in an expandable memory slot, then this will be perfect for me.... sigh
this is your best bet wrt the expandable memory thing.

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actually the new ver is overkilled for normal useage...
but well... buy might as well buy new one.
i was thinking to get this 2nd gen, so that at least can ton until 3rd to 4rd gen

my purpose is to for whatsapp and email purpose actually haha
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i was thinking to get this 2nd gen, so that at least can ton until 3rd to 4rd gen

my purpose is to for whatsapp and email purpose actually haha
ur phone cannot perform such tasks?
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ur phone cannot perform such tasks?
ohh, note 2 not big enough, i was thinking to replace my note 2 with a nexus 7, for sms/whatsapp purpose, then phone call will divert to iphone lor.
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ohh, note 2 not big enough, i was thinking to replace my note 2 with a nexus 7, for sms/whatsapp purpose, then phone call will divert to iphone lor.
Nexus 7 doesn't have telephony functions.
Second gen nexus 7 will have ah?
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TS copied off the pictures and the part of the text of my post in the original Nexus 7 thread without even quoting...

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TS copied off the pictures and the part of the text of my post in the original Nexus 7 thread without even quoting...

Tsk..
pictures are from the link below mah.

ohh.. ok i thought it came from the source also lol
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