A Google product manager displays the new Nexus 7.
The new Nexus 7 was the star of the event. It sports a 1.5GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro processor and 2Gb RAM -- twice the cores and memory of the first generation. This produces a noticeably snappier responsiveness. The display is the same size (seven inches) but has been upgraded to support 1,080 progressive video on a 1,920x1,200 pixel display with 323 pixels per inch.
The new phablet sports front and rear cameras supporting 12Mpixel and 5Mpixel resolutions and stereo audio using virtual positioning technology from Europe's Fraunhofer research institute. The device fits in a slightly thinner, lighter case than the first generation.
This high-end machine, with 32Gb storage and an LTE modem, costs $329, a slight premium over the old device. The price and specs suggest that the Nexus brand is moving deeper into the premium space of the iPad and iPhone.
Comparing the features of the old and new versions of the Nexus 7.