New $229 Google Nexus 7 outed with full HD display, updated specs

Credit: Best Buy / Google

It's been said by a certain fruit-named company that a good 7-inch tablet couldn't be done without making serious compromises. (Apple considers its 7.9-inch iPad mini an 8-inch tablet.) But that didn't stop Google from partnering up with ASUS last year to deliver what would become the well-received and very affordable Nexus 7 for $199.

With the tablet landscape filled with even fiercer competition, it's only par for the course that Google would release an updated Nexus 7 with overhauled specs and an even prettier touchscreen display.

Ahead of a Google event set for today, Best Buy's launched two preorder pages for the new Nexus 7. The listings reveal the new updated tablet will come in two capacities: 16GB and 32GB. The 7-inch screen will be upgraded to a 1920 x 1200 one (up from 1280 x 800) and the NVIDIA Tegra 3 processor will be nixed for a 1.5GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon Pro 8064 processor. RAM will be upgraded from 1GB to 2GB and the Nexus 7 will gain a 5-megapixel rear, 1.2-megapixel front camera, and NFC. All of that will be powering a new version of Google's mobile operating system: Android 4.3.

Overall, the design of the new Nexus 7 is slimmer and lighter. Old tablet was 0.41-inches thick. New Nexus 7 is 0.31-inches thick.

The 16GB Nexus 7 is priced at $229.99 and the 32GB model at $269.99, with a release set for July 30, as reported by Android Police.

The Nexus 7 was a special tablet for two reasons: 1) it proved people actually wanted 7-inch tablets and 2) cheap tablets could be made without sacrificing on quality. The new Nexus 7 seems to be the natural next step for Google's little tablet. One thing is for sure: that display is going to make the iPad mini's non-Retina display look absolutely terrible.

Update: Google's officially announced the new Nexus 7. It's once again made by ASUS. The tablet also does virtual 5.1 surround sound. 

Best Buy, via Android Police

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