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Asus and Google introduce Nexus 7 Android tablet

Mobility

Asus and Google have teamed to release a refreshed Nexus 7, their 7” Android tablet, with some unique and compelling features.

According to the vendors, the Nexus boasts the “sharpest ever tablet screen” with a 7” full HD display with more than 2.3 million pixels for stunning 323ppi. It also eliminated the need for a power cable with built-in wireless charging.

“After the success of the first Nexus 7, we are very excited to continue our partnership with Google with this new model,” said Asus chairman Jonney Shih, in a statement.  “The new Nexus 7 puts the very latest mobile technology in users’ hands and sets a new benchmark for tablets.”

The display uses Asus TruVivid technology for improved color clarity and brightness, and IPS display technology for wider viewing angles. The Nexus 7 is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro quad-core processor with 2GB RAM, and the devices measures 8.65mm thick, weighing-in at 290g.

“Together with Asus, we took what you loved about the original Nexus 7 and made it even better,” said Sundar Pichai, senior vice-president of Android, Chrome and Apps at Google.  “It is now thinner, lighter and faster, with the world’s highest resolution screen in a 7” tablet.”

The Nexus 7 is the first tablet to ship with the latest version of Android, JellyBean 4.3. It’s scheduled for North American availability July 30, withy pricing starting at US$229 for the Nexus 7 16GB with Wi-Fi, and $269 for the Nexus 7 32 GB with Wi-Fi. LTE versions will also be available.