Starting from this week, Google has, rather quietly, released the new Nexus 7 Android tablet to a number of Australian retailers including JB HiFi, Harvey Norman and Dick Smith.
The recommended price of the Nexus 7 is $299 for the 16GB model or $339 for the 32GB model. Both models are Wi-Fi only with no official word on when we will see the 4G model released locally.
The tablet was not yet available to buy from Google’s online store at the time of writing.
The Nexus 7 was one of the four in our list of hot tablets to watch out for this year. Read why here.
So what’s changed from the older model? The new tablet has impressive specifications for the relatively low price, including a 1920x1200 resolution screen, making it the sharpest display of any 7inch tablet currently available on the market.
Google claims that the new tablet is 80% faster than the last Nexus 7 and it has a slimmer shape, which should make it much more comfortable to hold in the hand.
The Nexus 7 is $69 cheaper than Apple’s iPad Mini, which is also a 7inch tablet, and also has a more impressive screen. It’s worth noting though that Apple is due to refresh their iPad line with new models over the next few months.