Google Rolls Out Updated Nexus 7 With Android 4.3 And Better Hardware

Subject: Mobile | July 26, 2013 - 03:29 AM |
Tagged: Snapdragon S4 Pro, qualcomm, nexus 7, google, asus, android 4.3

Google recently launched an updated version of its Android-powered Nexus 7 tablet. The existing Nexus 7 will be discontinued and replaced by three new Nexus 7 SKUs. The updated tablets are slightly thinner and lighter, come with improved hardware specifications, and will come with Google’s latest Android 4.3 “Jelly Bean” operating system.

The updated Nexus 7 features a 7” touchscreen display with a resolution of 1920 x 1200 which works out to 323 pixels per inch (PPI) and front-facing HD webcam on the front of the device. The back of the tablet hosts a 5MP camera and a smooth soft touch cover. A micro USB port is located on the bottom edge. Google has added stereo speakers located on the top and bottom of the tablet.

Updated Google Nexus 7 Android Jelly Bean Tablet.jpg

Internal specifications include a quad core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro processor clocked at 1.5GHz, 2GB of RAM, and either 16GB or 32GB of storage depending on the specific SKU. There is no SD card slot on the Nexus 7, unfortunately. Additionally, the Nexus 7 will support 802.11 a/b/g/n Wi-Fi on both the 2.4GHz and 5GHz bands, Bluetooth 4.0, and Qi wireless charging. Google will have both Wi-Fi only and LTE models, with the latter coming with 32GB of internal storage and a 4G LTE cellular radio compatible with all the major US carriers.

The chart below compares the specifications of the original Nexus 7 to the updated Nexus 7 tablet.

  New Nexus 7 Original Nexus 7
Display 1920 x 1200 1280 x 800
Height 7.9" 7.81"
Depth/thickness 0.3" 0.41"
Weight 11.2 oz 12 oz
Processor Quad core Snapdragon S4 Pro @ 1.5GHz NVIDIA Tegra 3 (4+1)
Internal Storage Options 16GB or 32GB 16GB or 32GB
Wireless Radio Options Wi-Fi (2.4GHz/5GHz), BT, and 4G LTE Wi-Fi (2.4GHz), BT, and 3G/HSPA+21
OS Android 4.3 Android 4.1
Starting MSRP $229 (16GB) $249 (16GB)

Google has continued its partnership with Asus and worked with the hardware company to develop the updated Nexus 7 tablets.

The Nexus 7 will be available in the US starting on July 30. It will be rolled out to other countries over the next few weeks including Australia, Canada, France, Japan, Germany, UK, South Korea, and Spain among others.

The 16GB Wi-Fi only model has an MSRP of $229 while the 32GB Wi-Fi only model has an MSRP of $269. Finally, the Nexus 7 with 32GB of storage and 4G LTE modem will cost $349.

In all, I think Google has another winner on its hands with the updated Nexus 7.

Source: Google

Motorola's Moto X Smartphone Coming August 1st With Android 4.2.2

Subject: General Tech | July 21, 2013 - 04:53 PM |
Tagged: Snapdragon S4 Pro, msm8960t, moto x, android 4.2.2, adreno 320

Rumors are abounding around the Internet concerning Motorola’s Moto X smartphone. Leaked specifications, photos, and release dates have all appeared online, and at this point most sites are reporting on the phone with a fair amount of certainty. Should the rumors hold true, Motorola’s latest Android smartphone will be launched on August 1, 2013 and available for purchase from wireless carriers as early as August 23, 2013.

On the outside, the Moto X is an approximately 5-inch smartphone with rounded corners and a curved back. The back cover bulges out towards the top and tapers off towards the bottom of the phone. Also, the Kevlar back cover has a textured finish, indented Motorola logo, and a 10MP camera with flash. The front of the Android smartphone has a 4.5” 720p (1184 x 720) touchscreen display, 2MP webcam, and three soft (back, home, and menu) capacitive buttons.


The Unlockr posted a leaked render of the Moto X.

Internal specifications include a Qualcomm MSM8960T SoC, 2GB of RAM, 16GB (non expandable) storage, Wi-Fi and cellular radios, a 2,200 mAh battery, and Android 4.2.2. The Qualcomm MSM8960T SoC includes a dual core Snapdragon S4 Pro CPU clocked at 1.7GHz, an Adreno 320 GPU clocked at 400MHz, and the wireless modem.

The phone is reportedly assembled in the USA and should come in at affordable subsidized prices considering the hardware specifications are not all that impressive or new. If The Verge is correct in stating that Motorola will be delivering a “near stock” Android experience, then it may still be popular despite not dethroning competing Android flagships on hardware specifications alone.

Are you excited for the Moto X?

Source: VR-Zone

Samsung versus Qualcomm; don't judge a tablet by its cover

Subject: Mobile | September 13, 2012 - 07:16 PM |
Tagged: tablet, Snapdragon S4 Pro, Samsung, qualcomm, ice cream sandwich, Exynos 4412

You are likely already somewhat familiar with the Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1, running Ice Cream Sandwich on a 1.4GHz quad-core Exynos 4412.  Externally it looks almost identical to the 10.1" engineering sample that Qualcomm pulled out in front of The Inquirer today but internally they are very different.  Inside the Qualcomm tablet is the new 1.5GHz quad-core Snapdragon S4 Pro, running a hair faster than the Exynos and with a different architecture.  That customized architecture showed up in the testing, the Qualcomm tablet benchmarked higher the Samsung, much higher than the 100MHz speed difference would imply.  However not all was perfect with the usability of the tablet, though The Inquirer does point out this is a tablet still in development and the software is not quite ready for prime time.


"The INQUIRER took the chance to test Qualcomm's developer tablet Snapdragon processor against the Exynos quad-core chip used in Samsung's popular Galaxy Note 10.1.

On paper, the Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 and the Qualcomm development tablet are quite similar. Both devices run Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich and have 10.1in touchscreens."

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Source: The Inquirer