Thanks to Best Buy and Sam’s Club, we’ve known what the new Nexus 7 looks like, what’s inside it, and how much it costs since early this morning — but at an Android event in San Francisco just now, Google’s Sundar Pichai has finally made it all official.
As expected, the new Nexus 7 will be the first device with Android 4.3, and you can pre-order yours today.
The new Nexus 7 looks a lot like its predecessor, but Google has made improvements across the board. It has a new 7-inch display with a 1920×1200 HD resolution, which makes it the world’s highest-resolution 7-inch tablet, with 323 pixels-per-inch.
The display also boasts a range of colors that 30% wider than that of the original Nexus 7’s.
Inside the new Nexus 7, there’s a 1.5GHz quad-core Snapdragon S4 Pro processor, Adreno 320 graphics, and 2GB of RAM. The device is 80% faster than its predecessor when it comes to processing performance, and four times faster in graphics.
There’s also a 5-megapixel rear-facing camera — which is something the original Nexus 7 didn’t have, a 1.2-megapixel front-facing camera, and NFC connectivity. You’ll be able to get the device with either 16GB of storage for $229, or 32GB of storage for $269.
There will also be 4G LTE version, which will support T-Mobile, AT&T, and Verizon in the U.S. It will be available “in the coming weeks,” and it will cost $349.
Like other Nexus devices, there is no microSD card slot on the new Nexus 7, so be sure to choose the model best suited to you. If you know 16GB won’t be enough storage, go for the 32GB option, because you won’t be able to expand it yourself later.