Google's new Nexus 7 tablet announced

While the tablet looks familiar, there’s a whole host of improvements on board, starting with the display. This time out, Google’s put in a high-resolution, 1920 x 1200 panel, which marks a major improvement over the predecessor’s 1280 x 800 display and puts it up to par with the high-res screen on the Nexus 10 tablet. It also has brand-new guts, with a 1.5GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro 8064 processor with Adreno 320 graphics and 2GB of RAM. It also features dual stereo speakers, a pretty major upgrade over last year’s model. Google’s also bowed to the masses and added a rear-facing 5-megapixel camera to go along with the front-facing shooter included on last year’s model.

The most interesting part is that the LTE version supports all three major US carriers and is completely SIM unlocked. Seems like Google has solved the LTE problem for AOSP devices, which almost guarantees that the next Nexus smartphone will support it.

The 16GB model will cost $229,the 32GB model will come in at $269, and the 32GB LTE model will cost $349. It’ll be available from retailers like RadioShack, Walmart, Amazon, and — of course — Best Buy as of July 30th. Other countries, including the UK, Germany, Japan, Canada, Spain, France, Australia, and South Korea will get the tablet in the coming weeks. It sounds like the LTE models won’t be available immediately, either, but they should launch soon.

Update: Android Central has posted detailed specs of the new Nexus 7 and it confirms the numerous LTE bands this device has. Really exciting because it sets reasonable expectations that the next Nexus smartphone will support LTE, a big complaint many had of the Nexus 4.