Google’s 2013 Nexus 7 Unboxed Ahead of Launch, Preorders Accepted at Best Buy

Ahead of an official announcement from Google, the company’s new 2013 refreshed Nexus 7, also dubbed the Nexus 7 2, was shown in a series of unboxing images and and in a video. The images show the slate’s new rounded corners, slimmer side bezels, and the retail packaging box. The retail box shows that the model in the picture is a 32 GB WiFi-only Nexus 7.

The new leaked images posted onĀ Android Police matches the leaked official press photos that we’ve seen recently.

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The device is widely believed at this point to be debuting Google’s newest Android 4.3 operating system, which may be an incremental upgrade to the Android 4.2.2 release that’s available on devices today. The slate will have both a front-facing and rear-facing 5-megapixel camera.

That information was confirmed on a Best Buy preorder page, which lists the new OS as one of the device’s specs alongside the 7-inch 1920 X 1200 high resolution display, Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro processor, Bluetooth 4.0, and WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n support. The 16 GB will retail for $230 while Best Buy is asking for $270 for the more capacious 32 GB model.

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We’ll know more soon enough as Google is slated to announce its latest 7-inch tablet today. The first generation Nexus 7 was priced at $199 for the entry level model, but came with commendable specs that made it both successful and popular. In the weeks following the tablet’s launch, Google and its manufacturing partner Asus had struggled to keep supplies in stock to meet demands.

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The new tablet is expected to be available on sale at retail stores by the end of the month through various channels so it may not be long before consumers will be able to pick up the slate and unbox this year’s official 7-inch Nexus refresh.

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