A series of leaks culminating in Best Buy's pre-order page clanger earlier today robbed the Google Nexus 7 2 launch of all mystery, but here it is anyway: the new Google Nexus 7 has now officially been announced.
In fact, that sentence includes one of the few details still to be confirmed: the second coming of the Asus-made slate will officially be called just “the Google Nexus 7”, just like the first one.
It's a reasonably sensible decision all things considered, since the revised model is about the same physically as the original (it's slightly thinner and lighter), and looks pretty much the same too.
The big changes are on the inside, and are headed by the jump in resolution from 1280 x 800 to 1920 x 1200 – that's a super-smooth 323ppi.
The processor is a 1.5GHz quad-core Snapdragon S4 Pro (versus the old one's 1.2GHz Tegra 4), RAM has doubled to 2GB, there's a 5MP camera round the back for the first time, and while there's still no microSD card slot, you do get a SlimPort for sharing HD video.
The other notable change is that the new Nexus 7 will ship with Android 4.3 Jelly Bean, which was also announced at Google's event today. It's an incremental step forward, with chief improvements over Android 4.2 including OpenGL ES 3.0 support, new multi-user settings and low-power Bluetooth support.
We'll cover that separately, but now to the all-important pricing and availability. Sadly we still only have US details, but they confirm the $230 (16GB) and $270 (32GB) prices leaked earlier by Best Buy, which are $30 and $20 respectively more than at present. Both will go on sale on July 30.
There's also a new 32GB Wi-Fi plus 4G LTE model on the way, which'll go for $350 – that's $50 more than the model it replaces, though that only supported 3G. This one hasn't been given an on-sale date yet, even in the US.
As for the rest of the world, we're still in “Coming Soon” territory for all the new Google Nexus 7 models, but we'll be sure to give you the details once we have them.