Google finaly announced the refreshed version of the Nexus 7 yesterday, saying that the 2013 version of the tablet would go on sale next week in the United States. But what about the UK? According to Android Central, we may not see the tablet until September. Currys and PC World have both put up pre-order pages for the 2013 model of the Nexus 7, revealing the official UK pricing in the process.
According to the pre-order pages, the 16GB version of the new Nexus 7 will cost £200, while the 32GB variant will be a little bit higher at £240. That doesn’t compare favorably to the US pricing, even after taking the exchange rate and VAT into account. It’s a pretty big jump from last year’s Nexus 7 too, which started at £159 for the 16GB model. Still, this isn’t a minor refresh, with the tablet packing some pretty powerful specs for the price – ultimately those costs have to be covered somehow.
The most troubling part, though, is the potential release date here in the UK. Currys and PC World both indicate that the tablet will be released on September 13th, almost six weeks after the United States. There’s no sign of the 32GB model with LTE connectivity either, although Google did say at its event that the cellular model wouldn’t be released straight away.
Specs for the new Nexus 7 include a 7-inch 1920×1200 IPS display, a Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro quad-core processor clocked at 1.5Ghz, 2GB of RAM, 16GB or 32GB of internal storage, a 5-megapixel camera, and optional LTE connectivity. The tablet is also running Android 4.3, which brings several minor improvements, including Restricted Profiles for other family members, low-energy Bluetooth 4.0 support, and the new OpenGL ES 3.0 graphics standard.
Update: The Inquirer reports that the LTE-equipped model will indeed be coming to the UK priced at £299. There’s no exact word on when the celluar version of the tablet will be released, however, with Google saying only that it will arrive “in the coming weeks”.