Nexus 7 II tablet coming with HD near-Retina display this July

nexus7It was the tablet that ignited the Android side of the tablet revolution with its high performance and low price, but it looks like the next-generation Nexus 7 from ASUS/Google could push the boundaries again.

The Nexus 7 II has seen more than its fair share of rumours in the last few days, the latest being that the 7-inch tablet will now feature a high-definition near-Retina display of 1920×1200-pixels.

TabTimes is reporting the next-generation Google tablet will likely come with 16GB of on-board storage and with a $US229 price tag.

Google launched the Nexus 7 is 2012 and immediately put up the ‘on back-order’ sign as tablets disappeared off shelves. It featured an 800×1280-pixel resolution screen, powered by Nvidia’s Tegra 3 processor while also sporting the first example of Android 4.1 operating system. It delivered surprisingly good gaming for its then-rock-bottom $US199 price tag, thanks largely to that CPU and its ultra-low-power (ULP) GeForce graphics processor.

While Apple initially decided the 7-inch format factor wasn’t worth the trouble, the boom in 7-inch devices saw the Cupertino PC maker launch its own 7.85-inch iPad mini tablet with 1024×768-pixel resolution late in October 2012.

Meanwhile, Taiwanese news source digitimes.com is reporting sources as saying the Nexus 7 II will be in the distribution channel this July. It believes that Apple will take the upper market for mini tablets with its iPad mini, Google the mid-range with the Nexus 7 II, while Samsung, Acer and others will fight it out in the highly competitive entry-level 7-inch tablet market segment.

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