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Best Buy jumps the gun with Nexus 7 information, pictures

Google is set to announce Android 4.3 and a new version of its Nexus 7 tablet today, but Best Buy has already gone and spoiled all the fun by putting up pre-order pages for the new tablet complete with images and full specs.

The 11.2 ounce, 7" tablet is just 0.3" thin and runs Android 4.3 (which still has the Jelly Bean designation). It features a 1.5GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro 8064 processor with 2GB of RAM, Adreno 320 graphics, 5MP rear-facing camera/1.2MP front-facing camera, 802.11n, and Bluetooth 4.0. The biggest news, however, is the inclusion of a 1920x1200 display.

Although Best Buy is taking pre-orders for the new tablet, it doesn't yet have an official release date -- you'll have to wait until Google's official announcement later today for that information. But if you would like to purchase the new Nexus 7 tablet, the 16GB version will set you back $229 while the 32GB version is priced at $269.

Sources: Best Buy [1], [2]

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By GulWestfale on 7/24/2013 8:18:04 AM , Rating: 2
a 1080p screen and 2GB RAM for $230? this looks once again like the small tablet to beat.

RE: nice
By retrospooty on 7/24/2013 8:36:59 AM , Rating: 2
Abssolutely. I will be getting one day one.. Whenever that is.
Also, to be clear, its a 1920x1200 screen.

MY only pause is the thickness. They thinned it out. It's only .3 inches thick, which is nice I suppose, buy I would rather it be thicker with a meaty battery.

RE: nice
By quiksilvr on 7/24/2013 9:53:07 AM , Rating: 2
Keep in mind that most likely the chip will be far more efficient than the Tegra 3 and the screen as well (not to mention the OS). For all we know, the battery could be even larger than before.

RE: nice
By retrospooty on 7/24/2013 10:00:29 AM , Rating: 2
It surely is... I still would have preferred a thicker body and bigger battery. I am buying it either way though.

RE: nice
By jimbojimbo on 7/24/2013 2:53:43 PM , Rating: 2
Maybe they could have added some thickness and reduced those bezels some more. Really with the shorter bezels that huge they at the very least should have put front facing speakers there.

RE: nice
By Souka on 7/25/2013 5:24:31 PM , Rating: 2
Higher resolution screen will require a stronger backlight... all things being equal....which will result in more power draw.

But... different CPU, memory die, etc.... who knows.

RE: nice
By XZerg on 7/24/2013 8:41:39 AM , Rating: 2
they managed to right the wrong they did in the previous version - no rear facing camera. Mind you I am not advocating that these things are great for taking pictures but they certainly do serve a purpose in desperation or just situations, and also imagine doing a video chat where you want to show the other party what the user is seeing.

I would have preferred to see a micro-sd card slot to use as the default place to save multimedia content - sort of like cameras. I understand that there is Wifi and what not but it is not the same as you actually have to be in the specific area and remembering and spending the time to upload it to the network. I have come across too many people who have lost all their data on the iCrap when the phone bricked or they dropped it and broke it.

But for the price, these things are great and very attractive this time around with the biggest issue addressed [rear facing camera].

RE: nice
By Spuke on 7/24/2013 9:37:41 AM , Rating: 2
Just turn on auto uploads.

RE: nice
By middlehead on 7/24/2013 10:00:51 AM , Rating: 2
Auto upload doesn't solve the problem of potentially running out of space when you don't have a connection available. SD cards would let you switch cards and keep taking pictures.

And even if you do have a connection, if you manage to fill up one SD card, switching to another is likely faster than deleting your stuff.

RE: nice
By Spuke on 7/24/2013 12:30:31 PM , Rating: 2
I just don't have that much stuff on my tablet. It's all in the cloud. That's the main reason I only went with the 16GB Nexus 7 instead of the 32GB. I have have 10GB available and it's been that way since I bought it.

RE: nice
By XZerg on 7/24/2013 1:50:10 PM , Rating: 2
again my point is that it is good to have the option to save data to a local medium that is easily removable. As i said the wifi and what not is great but either you have to spend time/effort to upload and be in the vicinity to be able to do so.

btw i like to keep certain multimedia/files on me all the time for the 'in case I need them then' scenarios.

RE: nice
By jimbojimbo on 7/24/2013 2:57:10 PM , Rating: 2
Why not just make sure your phone has a micrSD card since you're more likely to have your phone than a tablet? I'd prefer the microSD card slot to store movies and such though especially if you're playing 1080p movies. Also, I do use cloud storage but I find it to be far too slow compared to local storage and dislike using it except for backups. Besides, I use SyncMe and back up important items to my NAS at home anyway.

RE: nice
By seamonkey79 on 7/24/2013 3:24:51 PM , Rating: 2
That's worked out fairly well. Keep the tablet light and great, the Nexus 7 was pretty good for that, and have the phone with the SD card, local storage at home... it's not the 'perfect' system, but it's actually easier than trying to keep things straight in four or five different directory trees on four or five devices. Two devices that really have folder maintenance, and the rest of them just clean junk off every now and then.

RE: nice
By Falacer on 7/24/2013 6:14:33 PM , Rating: 2
I went with the 32GB but even with having some movies on it, I consistently have 16-20GB free. I'll go with a 16GB if (read that as when) I get this new version.

RE: nice
By DanNeely on 7/24/2013 10:21:17 AM , Rating: 5
Google's made it clear for years that they won't do an uSD slot on nexus devices because it interferes with the consumption of cloud based koolaid.

RE: nice
By XZerg on 7/24/2013 1:47:29 PM , Rating: 3
which is fair as they are the makers of the product. i am a consumer and can demand whatever i prefer, not necessarily getting that always or entirely. so i have to settle with the next best option when time comes to pick one, not sit on the fence looking out for the perfect product to come.

And one is a moron if he/she believes they will get the perfect product if they wait it out in tech world.

RE: nice
By hpglow on 7/24/2013 10:31:22 AM , Rating: 1
Nothing like looking like a complete idiot taking pictures and video with a tablet. I love going on vaccation and having to see these fools carrying around an ipad to take photos.

I'm going to call BS on the iCrap comment. I don't think you know anyone your just being an Android zealot. I work construction and have personally seen many iPhones destroyed and have never once seen anyone loose their data. I have also never seen anyone pay for a replacement phone. It is like anything in technology you back it up... There will always be idiots that don't and loose their data but that has nothing to do with their choice of phone.

I've destroyed my share of phones Apple and others as has my wife and never once has my data ever just disappeared.

RE: nice
By bug77 on 7/24/2013 10:57:34 AM , Rating: 2
they managed to right the wrong they did in the previous version - no rear facing camera

Because you have seen how many people carrying a tablet, but not a phone? Cameras are equally sucky on both, but one looks less goofy when taking snapshots with a phone.

RE: nice
By lelias2k on 7/24/2013 5:48:55 PM , Rating: 2
I plan on using this at my store, and I need a decent camera to read barcodes (tried with the 2MP on the Galaxy Tab 2 and it wouldn't read it). So there are other uses for it.

RE: nice
By damianrobertjones on 7/25/2013 7:39:28 AM , Rating: 2
Remember that you're not actually GETTING 1080p worth of working space! It's increased dpi etc which means you might as well have 1366x768.

1080p like this does look nice though

RE: nice
By retrospooty on 7/25/2013 8:50:34 AM , Rating: 3
You couldn't have 1080p (or more specifically 1920x1200) working space. Most people cant comfortably use 1920x1080 on a 15 inch laptop, and cant see it at all on a 12-13 one, much less a 7 inch screen. This move is purely about image quality, not desktop space.

It would be nice if it were adjustable though, for those with better eyes. As it is now, any tablet, even high res kings like Nexus 10 or iPad4 has one set desktop space size to work with. Then again, that is how all our apps fit properly.

By Demonhitman on 7/24/2013 9:19:43 AM , Rating: 2
I like but where is the removable memory? I don't think 32gb will last long.

RE: memory
By euler007 on 7/24/2013 10:26:24 AM , Rating: 2
If only we could stream video and music.

RE: memory
By hpglow on 7/24/2013 10:38:13 AM , Rating: 2
I agree, I bought a non-expandable tablet once and it has been nothing but a pain. We often load it with shows for our daughter for road trips and there is never enough space. We are always compromising on what we can leave installed and loaded. 32 Gb is better than the 16 Gb I have but being able to swap out movies and shows with a SD card would be much nicer.

RE: memory
By Xplorer4x4 on 7/24/2013 1:27:38 PM , Rating: 3
It might not be ideal, but have you looked in to a USB to go cable? I am nto 100% sure but I believe it may require custom firmware, which you probably don't mind being on DT, but just saying.

RE: memory
By Monkey's Uncle on 7/24/2013 10:42:44 AM , Rating: 4
Don't expect to see expandable storage on any Nexus-branded device. Google purposely does not want this since it allows folks to store things locally on their phone. Data stored locally on the phone cannot be examined and mined by Google.

Google would much rather have you store all your personal data on their cloud where they can mine it to their heart's content.

As you can see, I am not a fan of cloud storage - anyone's cloud; Google's, Amazon's or Apple's. Don't get me started with Dropbox.

RE: memory
By Spuke on 7/24/2013 12:35:16 PM , Rating: 2
I'm not a fan of cloud storage either. It's a useful tool and I use it. Nothing more.

not for me
By flyingpants1 on 7/24/2013 9:16:35 AM , Rating: 2
Less portable and less useful than a phone. I'd rather just carry my S3. I think so long as we are going to carry a giant second android phone that can't make calls, it should be 8"+ and have a slim bezel.

RE: not for me
By middlehead on 7/24/2013 9:58:47 AM , Rating: 3
The bezel is purportedly done on purpose, so there's space for you to hold it when in landscape position.

RE: not for me
By Monkey's Uncle on 7/24/2013 10:32:34 AM , Rating: 2
It's not a android phone. You can't place voice calls using it unless you go through something like skype.

I have both a Samsung GS4 and the 32GB first gen Nexus 7. They have totally different purposes. The things I use the phone for I would not consider using the tablet for (taking pictures, placing voice calls, texting). And likewise the tablet I use for things I wouldn't do using the phone (i.e. read ebooks, 1st person gaming, web surfing, watching porn). Sure a larger tablet would do prolly all that better, but those are somewhat less portable. I personally find 7" the minimum comfortable tablet size for these kinds of things. Others for course will no doubt feel otherwise.

RE: not for me
By xti on 7/24/2013 11:57:10 AM , Rating: 1
i said the same thing, until i had a bunch of giftcards to gamestop from my bday and they had a cheap refurbed N7 so i said why not, not gonna buy anything from GS anyways.

now i cant be without it and I still use my GS3.

RE: not for me
By retrospooty on 7/24/2013 12:05:50 PM , Rating: 2
Yup... I have an N7 too. I decided to upgrade and got an Excite pro (the new one with 10 inch 2560x1600 screen and a tegra4)... Used it 4 a week and now I have decided to take it back. Not worth the money, and the 7 is just a better fit. I just felt like the 7 was en extension of me, totally seemless in use - the 10 inch is like something I need to be aware of and lug around. The only drawback of the 7 was the res, and now that is taken care of. 1920x1200 is awesome for a 7 incher... Also, highest DPI of any tablet on the market.

RE: not for me
By Reclaimer77 on 7/24/2013 12:10:39 PM , Rating: 2
Good to know, we'll get right on this for you and stop all tablet production ASAP. Thank you for bringing this to our attention!!

By agent2099 on 7/24/2013 12:30:43 PM , Rating: 2
Any word on a cellular version this time around?

RE: 3g/4g?
By retrospooty on 7/24/2013 12:35:13 PM , Rating: 2
RE: 3g/4g?
By Spuke on 7/24/2013 12:37:47 PM , Rating: 2
HDMI!!!!! I think I might just pick one of these up afterall.

Charger connector
By japlha on 7/24/2013 11:58:20 AM , Rating: 2
I wonder what type of connector it uses for the charger. I was disappointed that the Samsung Galaxy Tab uses a proprietary adapter.

RE: Charger connector
By retrospooty on 7/24/2013 12:02:26 PM , Rating: 2
It will definitely be micro USB. Standardization FTW!

By eek2121 on 7/24/2013 8:18:08 AM , Rating: 3
Though I'm a 10" tablet fan, I'm tempted by this.

MOAR Storage space
By EchoSquared on 7/24/2013 10:40:18 PM , Rating: 2
We have these great media consumption devices, and we're being pushed to the cloud, hence Google's choice of no SD slot. But when you're in those places where you have no wifi and you really want to access your media, you cannot.

An average h264 file can vary in size from 2-6 gig's and that's not at 1080p correct?

All in all I'd just really like to see companies start making 64GB the minimum space offered on these tablets and phones.

How expensive is that much memory, I ask seriously, to put into a tablet.

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