Thursday, July 25, 2013

Google's new Nexus 7 priced from £199.99 for September release in UK

Google's updated Nexus 7 tablet will cost £40 (roughly $61) more than the previous model in the UK, according to a pre-order listings from one of the country's largest consumer electronics retail groups.

PC World has the device listed on its site with a shipping date of September 13 displayed. The 16GB Wi-Fi only model is shown with a price tag of £199.99, while the 32GB version will cost £239.99.

That's a considerable price hike compared to the previous generation, which sells at £159.99 (16GB) and £199.99 (32GB). In the US, the price difference between new and old models is just $30 before tax. The pre-order listing also indicates a September 13th release date in the UK, but that could, of course, be subject to change.

Google announced the Nexus 7 2 at a private breakfast event in San Francisco today. The 7-inch tablet features a full 1080p HD display, a 1.5GHz quad-core Snapdragon S4 Pro processor and 2GB RAM.

On the back sits a 5-megapixel camera, while a 1.2-megapixel front facing camera takes care of self portraits and video calling. Also onboard is Android 4.3 which adds in quite a few back-end features as well as user profile restrictions, whereby the owner can set access rights for each different people using the device.Android 4.3 also supports OpenGL ES 3.0 and EGL extensions as standard for enhanced graphical performance, opening up a whole new set of tools for content creators. Expect to see some seriously cool titles hit the Google Play store very soon. Bizarrely, the Nexus 7 listed on PC World's website is listed as running Android Jelly Bean 4.2. Could this a mistake on PC World's side, or will the Nexus 7 2 launch on Android 4.2 in the UK with an upgradeable to Android 4.3 at a later date?

Although a 4G version of the Nexus 7 2 was announced for the US, no UK network support or prices were revealed.

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