Google Nexus 7
The Nexus 7 will start at £199. (Credit: Reuters)

Software giant Google on Wednesday unveiled the next generation Nexus 7 tablet , in a move to expand its foothold in global markets.

The device which sports a slimmer look comes with a higher display resolution and Android 4.3 Jelly Bean operating system on board. The basic version of the new Nexus 7 will hit the markets with a price tag of $229.

The tablet measures 2mm thinner and is 50 grams lighter than its predecessor. It boasts of a higher-definition 7-inch display screen with 1920X1200 pixel resolution powered by a 1.5GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 quad-core processor coupled with 2GB of RAM. The device also packs Adreno 320 GPU and comes in 16GB and 32GB storage options. Camera-wise, it packs a 5-megapixel rear camera and a 1.2-megapixel front-facing camera. The device supports LTE, HDMI output and NFC. The company claims the device gives a battery life of nine hours of HD video playback and 10 hours of web browsing.

The new Nexus 7 tablet will be available in the US through Google Playstore and other retailers like Best Buy, Gamestop, Walmart, Staples, Office Max, Office Depot, Amazon, Home Shopping Network, Radio Shack, J&R and B&H Photo.

Key Features of Nexus 7:

  • Screen:7-inches diagonally with 1920X1200 pixel resolution and 323ppi
  • Size: 7.87x4.49x0.34 inches
  • Weight:10.2 ounces (290 grams) for base model, 10.5 ounces (299 grams) for cellular version
  • Camera:5-megapixel rear camera, 1.2-megapixel front-facing camera
  • Battery life: 9 hours of HD video playback and 10 hours of web browsing
  • Operating system: Android 4.3 Jelly Bean
  • Price: $229 with 16GB, $269 for 32GB