Google and ASUS team up for new Nexus 7 tablet


Duo claim device, which will go on sale in the UK in the coming weeks, has the best quality screen ever seen on a tablet

Google and ASUS have teamed up to launch the new Nexus 7, a seven-inch device they claim has the sharpest ever tablet screen.

The new Nexus 7 will become the first tablet to ship with Android 4.3 JellyBean, the latest upgrade to Google mobile operating system. A feature of the new OS is restricted profiles, which enable parents to limit children’s access to adult content.

It will be available in the UK in the coming weeks from retailers including Carphone Warehouse, Amazon, Currys, Asda, Sainsbury’s and Tesco.

The 16GB with Wi-Fi will cost £199 with the 32GB with Wi-Fi costing £239. A 32GB with both Wi-Fi and LTE capability will become available soon after, costing £299.

The new Nexus 7, which is 8.65mm thick and weighs 290g, is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro quad-core processor with 2GB of RAM.

It has a seven-inch HD screen made from scratch-resistant glass, housing 1980×1200 pixels, and offers users 178-degree viewing angles.

Other features include up to 32GB of internal memory, 10 hours of battery life, dual-band Wi-Fi and optional LTE.

The new Nexus 7 follows the original model, which was released a year ago.

ASUS chairman Jonney Shih said:” After the success of the first Nexus 7, we are very excited to continue our partnership with Google with this new model. The new Nexus 7 puts the very latest mobile technology in users’ hands and sets a new benchmark for tablets.”

Google senior VP of Android, Chrome and apps Sundar Patel added: “Together with ASUS, we took what you loved about the original Nexus 7 and made it even better. It is now thinner, lighter and faster, with the world’s highest resolution screen in a 7-inch tablet.”