On Wednesday afternoon, Google Inc (NASDAQ:GOOG) unveiled the second generation Nexus 7 tablet to the public. As earlier reports indicated, the new Asus tablet will feature a 7 inch display screen with 1920 x 1200 pixel resolution, a quad-core 1.5 GHz Snapdragon S4 Pro processor, a 5-megapixel camera, HDMI Output, 2GB of RAM, NFC, wireless charging support, Adreno 320 graphics, and optional 4G LTE. It will also feature the Android Jelly Bean operating system.
Google talks about new Nexus 7
Google Inc (NASDAQ:GOOG) says their second generation Nexus 7 tablet is about 2 millimeters thinner and 50 grams lighter than the original. It also features dual stereo speakers and virtual surround sound that works with or without headphones.
Since the new Nexus 7 has impressive features, it makes sense that Google Inc (NASDAQ:GOOG) would up the price a bit. The 16GB Nexus 7 retails for $229.99 whereas the 32GB version retails for $269.99.
TechCrunch explained, “Google has once again tapped Asus as the manufacturing partner for its own-branded tablet, and that’s great news for that OEM as the previous generation was its best-selling tablet by most accounts. The new Nexus 7 definitely pushes the needle over and above the last generation, especially with that screen, but we’ll have to wait and see whether that drives more consumers in its direction, and away from Apple’s comfortable embrace.”
Google and Apple sales
Google Inc (NASDAQ:GOOG) sold over 7 million units, which is virtually non-relevant when compared to the Apple iPad. TechCrunch adds, “It’s an absolute drop in the bucket compared to Apple’s iPad success, which easily beats that number each quarter, but relative to other Android tablets the Nexus line, and the small one in particular, is a growing success, above and beyond its value as an aspirational reference design for Google to demonstrate Android’s tablet potential. It’s designed to address the ‘explosion in tablets,’ according to Pichai on stage, which now sees almost one in two tablets powered by Android.”
Despite the minimal sales, Google Inc (NASDAQ:GOOG) seems to have no problem pedaling the Nexus 7.