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Report: Best Buy Getting 2nd-Gen Nexus 7 on July 30

By - Source: PhoneArena | B 11 comments

There's no question that a new Nexus 7 tablet arrives this month.

Looks as though the second-generation Nexus 7 is confirmed for a late July release, as Best Buy is reportedly offering the updated 7 inch tablet on July 30, and Staples is supposedly selling the tablet on July 31. Whichever date it may be, the news seemingly confirms that Google plans to introduce the new Nexus 7 tablet on Wednesday during a special "breakfast" with Sundar Pichai in San Francisco.

News of Best Buy's sell date arrives by way of a leaked ad that is scheduled to run on Sunday, July 28. Stating that the tablet will be available the following Tuesday, the ad shows a $229.99 pricetag for the 16 GB model sporting a 1920 x 1200 resolution. You'll have everything you need to access Gmail, Google Maps, YouTube and more, the ad states.

The tablet shown in the ad corresponds to the recent press shots leaked by @evleaks over the weekend. The renders don't say much in regards to what's inside, but clearly shows the rear-facing camera mounted at the top-left on the rear panel, and an all-black, thinner chassis (bye bye silver lip). It also appears to be a bit longer than the original to support the added camera, provides a thinner border on the sides, and has a Nexus branding that's horizontal when the tablet is placed in a landscape position. Hopefully Asus has fixed the issue that caused the original's screen to separate from the plastic bezel.

The press shots also reveal that the front-facing camera has been offset to the right. A pair of speakers are on the rear's north and south ends while the volume, power and microphone input are lined along the tablet's right edge. There's speculation that the shown wallpaper points to Android 4.3 "Jelly Bean", but that's the same wallpaper offered on the Nexus 10 which supports a 2560 x 1600 resolution – the current first-gen Nexus 7 only has a 1280 x 800 resolution whereas the new model enters Full HD territory.

Still, the newer second-gen model will reportedly come packed with Android 4.3 nonetheless. This won't be a dramatic increase as expected with Android 5.0 "Key Lime Pie", but will hopefully resolve the freezing and rebooting issues surrounding Google's Nexus 10 tablet (I'm on my second). Android 4.3 will supposedly offer "under the hood" improvements to provide a faster experience, new widgets, support for Bluetooth Low energy, an improved camera app and more.

The updated OS along with the new Nexus 7 are expected to be formally announced this week, and perhaps even a new Nexus 10 model as well.

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    subaru41 , July 23, 2013 11:47 AM
    Nice! or you can always buy an out of date, overpriced iPad mini.
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    halcyon , July 23, 2013 12:09 PM
    Nice! or you can always buy an out of date, overpriced iPad mini.

    Or any of the bazillian other android tablets, such as the Note 8.0 I'm typing on now. Not everyone wants upgradeable storage, I guess.
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    Azn Cracker , July 23, 2013 12:14 PM
    Isnt this pretty much the same article? It mentions bestbuy and staples carrying it.,23645.html
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    666nhojmit , July 23, 2013 12:16 PM
    Sorry, slight grammatical error: "The renders don't say much in regards to what's inside". Should read: "The renders don't say much with regard to what's inside". Have a nice day!
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    JPNpower , July 23, 2013 12:23 PM
    I wonder when Nexus anything is going to jump to 4k
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    666nhojmit , July 23, 2013 12:24 PM
    Sorry, slight grammatical error: "The renders don't say much in regards to what's inside". Should read: "The renders don't say much with regard to what's inside". Have a nice day!
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    soldier44 , July 23, 2013 1:21 PM
    Money better spent on the upcoming Galaxy Note 3 which I will buy thru Best Buy with my trade in Note 1 and get a $50 gift card.
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    JPNpower , July 23, 2013 1:42 PM
    Almost sounds suspicious...
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    eklipz330 , July 23, 2013 3:56 PM
    im considering a galaxy 8 only because it's the right size.... to the guy that owns the note 8, is it hard reading finer print from about 2 feet away?
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    sykozis , July 23, 2013 4:00 PM
    Another impressive tablet to launch this week is the Pipo M7 Pro ($255) that for about the same price as the Nexus 7 II, features a much larger 8.9 inch display with 1900x1200 screen resolution, a Quad core processor, along with built-in GPS navigation... and is packed with other features and the latest technology that compares to the new Nexus -- there's also an 8" model similar to the mini iPad that became available last week– the Pipo U8 ($195) that's almost as compact in size as the Nexus 7", but features 65% more screen space in its 8-inch form, which truly makes a difference in user experience... both new Android tablets are available through a site called T ab l e t S p r i n t-- which also offers $25 in Bonus Apps, including an Office Suite App and several premium 3D Games, including the popular Shadowgun --

    Pipo M7 Pro has a 1920x800 IPS screen according to it's manufacturer. The Pipo U8 has a 7.9" IPS screen with 1024x768 resolution. Both feature a Rockchip 3188 processor. A 7.9" IPS screen with 1024x768 resolution is going to look like crap compared to the Nexus 7's 1280x800 IPS screen. With the Google Nexus, you're guaranteed updates as they roll out....with Pipo, you're guaranteed nothing at all. Not even guaranteed warranty coverage if the product fails prematurely.
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    Presevere , July 26, 2013 5:54 PM
    Actually, preorders were shipped out today, and the Nexus 7 is available in most Best Buy retail stores. Mine is sitting in a a box at a UPS location just 5 minutes from my home until Monday, sadly, due to their not delivering on Saturdays. In any case, really people, stop whining and getting all competitive about tablets. Yes, yes, the one you happen to own is in fact the best of them all, I say with heavy sarcasm. Ripping on people for their choice of tablet is really, truly pathetic, seeing as it has absolutely 0 effect on you.