Best Buy Jumps The Gun On New Nexus 7 Pre-Orders, Confirms Android 4.3’s ExistenceBy: Zach Walton - July 24, 2013
Google will be hosting an event this morning with Android and Chrome boss Sundar Pichai. We all kind of assumed it would have something to do with Android, but the specifics were still a mystery until Best Buy jumped the gun.
Best Buy launched the pre-order pages for both the 16GB and 32GB variants of the Nexus 7 this morning way ahead of Google’s announcement. The retailer quickly pulled the devices from appearing in search results, but you can still access the product pages via a direct link.
Of course, we already pretty much knew the new Nexus 7 was being announced today. What we didn’t know were the official specs. Now we do thanks to the Best Buy product listing.
According to the product page, the new Nexus 7 comes equipped with a 7-inch 1920×1200 display, a 1.5GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro CPU, 2GB of RAM, a 5MB rear camera, a 1.2MP front camera and Bluetooth 4.0.
The product listing also confirms that the new Nexus 7 will ship with Android 4.3. Unfortunately, it doesn’t detail any of the new features coming to the updated OS, but it does confirm that it’s still called Jelly Bean.
Here are some of the official product shots from the pre-order page:
It should be noted that the pre-order page confirms the leaked prices from last week – the 16GB Nexus 7 will cost $230 and the 32GB will cost $270. What the pre-order page doesn’t say is when we’ll start seeing it in stores. That’s not too big of a deal, however, as a leaked Best Buy ad from earlier this week said it will become available on July 30.
Best Buy may have spoiled the fun, but we’ll still be bringing you any and all news from Google’s big event this morning. Who knows – Pichai might have something more for us besides Android 4.3 and a new Nexus 7.[h/t: Engadget]