The Nexus 7 2013 has been given a confirmed release date in the UK of 28th August. This has been confirmed by Asus, who have, yet again, made the 7 inch tablet.
The 7 inch tablet will be going on sale from the Google Play store as well as other retailers. This time, there are two sizes to buy from launch, being a 16GB tablet at £199 ($308/€231), or a 32GB tablet for £239 ($370/€277). personally, for the extra memory, I would shell out the extra £40.
These prices are obviously not quite as cheap as the Nexus 2012 was (mine cost £160), but that’s because it comes with some quite significant upgrades in the hardware it sports. The Nexus 7 2013 boasts a 1920 x 1200 pixel display (the current generation only has 1280 x 800 pixel screen) which is reported to be a stunning screen for HD apps, games and films; a rear facing 5 megapixel camera (which the new one doesn’t have, only forward facing). If you remember my review of the current Nexus last year, you’ll remember I theorised that these were left out to save on the cost. The Nexus 7 2013, however, shows not only how inexpensive it is to add these features, but also shows how serious Google is trying to be in the tablet market. With the Apple iPad (both 10-inch and mini) the favourites, maybe this beefed up yet still inexpensive revamp is an attempt to keep up with them competitors.
The Nexus 2013 will ship with Google’s Android OS 4.3 Jelly Bean which has recently been released by Google. 4,3 isn’r a massive bumper pack of features like 4.2 was, but still has some good features of note.
As a reminder to potential buyers, Last year at the launch of the Nexus 7, Google were inundated with orders and struggled to keep up with demand. I found that it was much quicker to pop into my local store and buy it there, where the queue was not only non-existent, but also not on display, as they hadn’t even unloaded them from the morning delivery.
Will you be getting a Nexus 2013? Is it an upgrade from the 2012 model, or a new device in your arsenal of gadgets? Let us know in the comments.