Asus, Google, reveal new Nexus 7 -

Asus and Google have made official a new Nexus 7 tablet, a 7 inch device with wireless charging and the "sharpest ever" tablet screen.

The screen is Full HD with 323ppi and an IPS panel with a  178 degree viewing angle, as well as Corning Glass to prevent scratches. The screen is LED backlit 1920x1200 resolution.

There's now a "grippy" soft touch exterior to make the device more drop-proof, with the tablet weighing in at 290g.  

Under the bonnet is a Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro 8064 quad core and 2GB RAM. It will come in 16GB and 32GB flavours for storage. Google boasts the energy efficiency has "up to 10 hours battery life" and the sound is powered by Fraunhofer, who put together the MP3 encoding format. 

It has dual band wi-fi and a 4G LTE option, too.

Unlike the previous iteration, there's a camera on the front and the back, 1.2 megapixel and 5 megapixel respectively.

The new Nexus 7 is the first device to ship with Android Jelly Bean 4.3, which will sport new features like restricted profiles - that will let parents limit access to mature content. Android 4.3 has Bluetooth Smart on it, too. Google apps like Chrome, Maps, YouTube, Hangouts and Google Now will be pre-installed.

In the UK, the Nexus 7 will be available over the next couple of weeks from Google Play, Amazon, Argos, Asda, Currys, Carphone Warehouse, Ebuyer, John Lewis, PCWorld, Shop Direct, Sainsbury's and Tesco. 

The 16GB and 32GB wi-fi models will cost £199 and £239 respectively. 

The LTE 32GB version will be available for £299.

Senior veep for Android, Chrome and Apps at Google, Sundar Pichai, said in a statement: "It is now thinner, lighter and faster, with the world's highest resolution screen in a 7-inch tablet".

Full specs: 

Operating System

AndroidTM 4.3

· Display

7" LED Backlight WUXGA (1920x1200) Screen
IPS Panel
10 finger multi-touch support

· CPU

Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ S4 Pro 8064 Quad-Core, 1.5 GHz*1
Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ S4 Pro 8064 +MDM9215M Quad-Core, 1.5 GHz*2

· Memory

2GB

· Storage

16GB/32GB *3

· Network Standard

DC-HSPA+ UL:42 Mbps/DL:5.76 Mbps
LTE UL:100 Mbps/DL:50 Mbps
3G :
WCDMA :
850/1900/2100
2G :
: 850/900/1800/1900,
4G:
LTE:
700/800/850/1700/1800/1900/2100/2600*4

· Wireless Data Network

WLAN 802.11 a/b/g/n@2.4GHz/ 5GHz*3
Bluetooth V4.0, NFC

· Camera

1.2 MP Front Camera
5 MP Rear Camera
Auto focus (rear)
Large f2.4 aperture. (rear camera)

· Audio

Stereo Speakers

· Interface

1 x SlimPort™
1 x Audio Jack: Headphone

· Sensor

1. G-Sensor
2. E-compass
3. Ambient Light Sensor
4. Proximity Sensor(LTE only)
5. Gyroscope
6. Hall Sensor

· Battery

10 hours; 15Wh Li-polymer Battery *5

· GPS

Support

· Power Adapter

Output:5.2V 1.35A/7W for other USB device
Input:100-240V AC, 50/60Hz universal
Support Wireless Charging

· Color

Black

· Dimensions

114 x 200 x 8.65 mm (WxHxD)

· Weight

WiFi: 290 g / LTE: 299 g