Nexus 7 2013, the follow-up to last year's best-selling Asus-made entry-level tablet from Google, is now available in the Philippines via Kimstore, the leading and most trusted online gadget store in the country.
Last Friday, my friend Kim Lato sent me a retail unit - the 16GB WiFi-only variant - to play with and I couldn't be happier with the product.
To be honest, when Google announced the new tablet and disclosed its official specifications several days back, I really felt unsure about upgrading to it from my first generation Google Nexus 7. I thought the changes were minimal and that my year-old device would definitely have no problem running the newest version of Android OS anyway.
Without nitpicking on the specifics, it's easy to assume that the 2013 release is largely similar to its predecessor. One can say that the two have the same quad core processor, 7-inch display, and 16 GB and 32 GB internal storage options.
But really, Nexus 7 second generation represents a major upgrade from last year's slate in almost all departments -- that is, from the design right down to the camera.
Google Nexus 7 2013 is thinner, slimmer, and lighter than the 2012 version and comes replete with a higher resolution and far more crisp display, a more powerful Snapdragon S4Pro chipset, and has a 5 MegaPixel main camera capable of Full HD 1080p video recording at the back, which was absent in the previous release.
With dimensions of 200 x 114 x 8.7 millimeters and weighing only 290 grams, the new Nexus 7 is a joy to hold with one hand and should be less conspicuous when placed in a bag.
It doesn't flaunt a bedimpled back case with faux leather finish anymore but it does have a matte shell which not only feels great to touch but also prevents the slate from accidentally slipping your grasp.
On the right side, just like in Nexus 7 1st Gen, you will find the power button and the volume rocker.
Let me show you the other items in the package.
Lifting the flap of paper, you'll find the USB charger, microUSB to USB connector cable, and the user manual and safety information in two languages, English and French (at least, in the package that I have).
Google Nexus 7 is now available at Kimstore, TechPinas' trusted online store. You can get the 16GB WiFi-Only variant for only Php 12,700 while the 32GB WiFi-Only variant sells for just Php 15,700 -- of course, all units come with Kim's one year service warranty. Both prices are already very affordable but here's the catch: If you mention "TechPinas" or "Mark of TechPinas" while making a purchase at Kimstore (09053201818, 09228859799, or 09088869799), you can enjoy a Php 200 discount on both variants! Grab your unit now! The Kimstore-TechPinas Nexus 7 2013 discount promo will last only until promo units are available.
|Name||Google Nexus 7 2013|
|Dimensions and Weight||200 x 114 x 8.7 mm, 290 grams|
|Operating System||Android 4.3 Jelly Bean|
|Display||7.0 inches (~323 ppi pixel density) 1200 x 1920 pixels resolution, LED-backlit IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors|
|Processor||Quad Core 1.5 GHz Krait Adreno 320 GPU Qualcomm Snapdragon S4Pro chipset|
|Internal Storage||16GB and 32GB options, non-expandable|
|Camera||Main: 5 MegaPixels, 2592 х 1944 pixels, autofocus, no flash |
Front: 1.2 MegaPixels
|Video Capture||Full HD 1080p 30 frames per second, Front: HD 720p|
|Audio and Video Playback||MP4, H.264, MP3, WAV, eAAC+, WMA player|
|Ports||3.5 mm audio jack, microUSB v2.0, USB On-The-Go support|
|Connectivity||Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.0, LTE Variant|
|Sensors||Digital Compass, Accelerometer, Gyroscope|
|Battery||Non-removable Li-Ion 3950 mAh battery|
|Uptime||9 Hours of Multimedia use|
|Availability||Philippines: August 8, 2013 at Kimstore|
|Price||16GB WiFi Only: Php 12,700 via Kimstore |
32GB WiFi Only: Php 15,700 via Kimstore