A review of the $159 ASUS MeMO Pad HD 7 tablet
From Mobile Syrup:
The MeMo Pad HD is an offshoot of last year’s Nexus 7, which itself was derived from an early $249 Asus prototype. Though it contains a 1.2Ghz quad-core MediaTek proceesor, this is not a slow device, though it stutters in places that most high-end Android tablets don’t. Instead, the MeMo Pad excels at the basics: browsing, reading, listening to music.
The 1280×800 pixel IPS display is surprisingly bright and crisp, with decent viewing angles and a penchant for punchy colours. Where it falls short is in uniformity: the backlights, which are ordinarily invisible to the user, project themselves unevenly under the LCD’s surface, and distract when they should blend in. This isn’t a problem under most circumstances, but it speaks to the shortcuts Asus took in both parts and manufacturing to reach this price point.
Read the rest of the review here.
Staples flyer confirms Nexus 7 will go on sale July 31st
From Mobile Syrup:
We heard during Google’s Nexus 7 announcement that the tablet would be hitting Canada, along with other countries like the UK and Australia, “in the coming weeks,” but we’ll likely see it sooner than that.
A Staples flyer that goes into effect next week indicates Canadians will be able to purchase the tablet, which they are calling Nexus 7 FHD for “Full HD”, on July 31st.
Best Buy, Amazon, GameStop and Walmart in the US have already made the Nexus 7 available four days before the July 31st launch.
First look at Android 4.3 on new Nexus 7 tablet
Second generation Nexus 7 makes brief video debut
Second Gen Nexus 7 to feature Android 4.3, dual cameras and wireless charging
From Mobile Syrup:
Google is hosting a media event on Wednesday and the refresh of the Nexus 7 is expected to be finally be announced. This will also bring an update to Android OS 4.3 to the masses. A fresh round of convincing specs have surfaced online today and Engadget is reporting that the 7-inch tablet will come with 1.5GHz quad-core processor, wireless charging (possibly via the charging orb), dual cameras with a 5MP back camera and a 1.2MP front-facing camera.
The 16 GB model is expected to retail for $229 US and the 32 GB is expected to cost $269 US.
Second generation Nexus 7 photos and video leak a week ahead of official unveil by Google
It appears that the rumored sequel to the Nexus 7 is close at hand, according to internal documents sent to us by an anonymous tipster. Apparently, the new device will be sold in stores alongside the current iteration (at first, at least, though we can’t be certain if this will only be until existing stock runs out). The docs indicate that stores will receive the tablet as early as the 20th, though we wouldn’t be surprised if we didn’t see it until the 24th or later, given Google’s product event on that date. This particular model being discussed is the 32GB version, but we’re not certain if it will be available in 16GB as well or if it’s just not going to be offered at this specific outlet. We’ll update you as we learn more about it, but it’s pretty clear that next week’s announcement will be rather significant.
According to a retail inventory screen shot sent to Engadget, the 32GB Nexus 7 will cost $299.99. Stay tuned for more updates.
Report: Google to release new Nexus 7 with high-res display in July for $229
From Phone Arena:
Google’s second generation Nexus 7 is coming next month and it will have a high-res display, new chip and a starting price of at least $229, according to DigiTimes. The Taiwanese publication reiterates what we heard from sources like Reuters in April, but also adds a new piece in the puzzle and that’s the price.
At $229, the new Nexus will be slightly more expensive than the current generation Nexus 7 which starts at $199. If the new Nexus 7 indeed gets that coveted high-res screen it will have a sound argument against the competition and even the higher priced Apple iPad mini.
Watch this: ASUS at Computex 2013
New Nexus 7 will have HD resolution, quad core processor and run Android 4.3 says analyst
From Mobile Syrup:
Now days before Google I/O, another overseas analyst is backing the same rumours. Ming-Chi Kuo from KGI Securities has compiled a list of specs that new Nexus 7 will encompass, namely 7-inch 1920 x 1200 high-res display, 1.5Ghz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro processor, 5MP camera on the back, plus run Android OS 4.3 Jelly Bean. Here’s some more notable specs, but no indication if the second-gen Nexus is thinner:
- 7-inch LTPS display with 1920×1200 (WUXGA) resolution- Quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro processor- 5-megapixel camera on the back- HD front-facing camera- Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, NFC- 4,000mAh battery with Qi wireless charging- Android 4.3 – Jelly Bean
Photo credit: Wired.com
Reuters: Google to release new Nexus 7 in July
From The Verge:
Two separate sources have informed Reuters that Google plans to introduce the second generation of its Nexus 7 tablet in July of this year. Though Android’s had its struggles adapting to the tablet form factor, the Nexus 7 was a surprisingly competent device, delivered in partnership by Google and Asus, and it also brought with it a breakthrough price of $199.
Asus is once again expected to carry out the production and assembly for the new Nexus device, however Nvidia’s Tegra chip is said to have been replaced by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon. This should be a major win for Qualcomm, given that Google’s internal sales forecasts for this Nexus 7 successor are reported as being north of eight million units.
Photo credit: wired.com