Sunday 25 February 2018

Google Nexus 7: world’s highest resolution tablet

The new Nexus 7 tablet
The new Nexus 7 tablet

Matt Warman

The Google Nexus 7 tablet, much rumoured online, was finally confirmed by the company in California.

It features wireless charging, 4G connectivity, a screen that offers 323 pixels per inch, and is thinner and lighter than its predecessor.

Google claimed the screen made it the world’s highest resolution tablet, comparing favourably to the iPad’s Retina Display, which offers 264PPI. Both models offer higher resolutions than most users can perceive.

The Nexus 7 builds on the success of the first model, which retails for €249.

Google claimed it could offer up to 10 hours of battery life, and that its 1.5GHz processor was 80 per cent faster than the original model. Memory has been doubled to 2GB, and it also features wirless charging, the latest version of Bluetooth for compatibility with wearable technologies such as watches, and NFC.

The 144x200x9.15mm tablet is lighter than its predecessor, at 299g with Wi-fi and 310g with 4G LTE. The 1920 x 1200 HD display also comes with 5MP rear and 1.2MP front cameras, as well as dual stereo speakers.

The device will also be the first to feature the new version of Android, 4.3, which includes individual users profiles, which can be restricted so that, for instance, children cannot see in-app purchasing options that could land their parents with huge bills.

The new Nexus 7 starts at US$229 and will be available in the US from 30 July. The first countries to follow will be Canada, the UK, Germany, Spain, France, South Korea, Spain and Australia, who should expect it in the coming weeks. Others - including Ireland - will have longer to wait.

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