New Nexus 7 spec leaked

Google is expected to unveils the new Nexus 7 later today, but thanks to leaks we know in advance what will make this new Android tablet tick.
Written by Adrian Kingsley-Hughes, Senior Contributing Editor

While Google hasn't officially unveiled its new Android-powered Nexus 7 tablet yet, information on the hardware has already leaked onto the web.

The information comes via the Android enthusiast site Android Police, and the details suggest that the new tablet is on par, or perhaps a little faster, than the Nexus 4.

Here's what the new Nexus 7 brings to the table:

  • Android 4.3 Jelly Bean
  • A 7-inch 1920x1200 retina-display screen with a pixel density of 323 PPI
  • Snapdragon S4 Pro quad-core processor clocked at 1.5GHz (same as the Nexus 4)
  • 2GB of RAM (same as the Nexus 4)
  • Adreno 320 GPU
  • NFC support
(Source: Android Police)

This spec is pretty much in line with both what I expected and what rumors had suggested the hardware configuration would be.

Performance in benchmarks suggests that the new Nexus 7 is significantly faster than the old Nexus 7 (for example, the new Nexus 7 scoring 7,188 in 3DMark's Ice Storm Extreme test, compared to 1,877 for the old Nexus 7), but displaying comparable performance to the Nexus 4.

The increased performance should allow app to run faster and for the UI to feel smoother and more fluid.

One annoying fault that remains is audio latency. This is common to Android devices and is usually in the region of 80-90 milliseconds. Tests carried out by Android Police suggest that with the Nexus 7 this has been cut to 40 milliseconds, but should ideally be as low as 10 milliseconds.

Google is expected to unveil the new Nexus 7 later today. 

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