Those looking towards the Google Play Store will still see a ‘coming soon’ style listing, however it looks like the Nexus 7 has already begun arriving with one retailer. That retailer is Best Buy and the tablet is available for online purchase as of this morning. Gone is the pre-order button and in the place is a simple add-to-cart button.
Perhaps more important, the listing for the 16GB and 32GB Nexus 7 are showing a shipping notification that suggests delivery will be soon. The specific wording is as follows; “Usually leaves our warehouse in 1 business day.” Furthermore, we are beginning to see reports suggesting in-store availability has already begun at select retail Best Buy locations.
With that in mind, those heading out in hopes of securing a Nexus 7 may want to give their local store a call first. You know, just to double check the inventory situation in an effort to avoid a wasted trip. Otherwise, the pricing is the same as we had seen Google announce earlier in the week — $229.99 for the 16GB model and $269.99 for the 32GB model.
This refreshed Nexus 7 is arriving with a quad-core 1.5GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro process, Adreno 320 graphics, 2GB of RAM, 1.2 megapixel front-facing camera and a 5 megapixel rear-facing camera. The tablet is running Android 4.3 Jelly Bean and also has goodies such as Qi compatible wireless charging, a SlimPort for video out, NFC, WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.0 and GPS.
While those specs all sound good enough — the key seems to be in the display. This new Nexus 7 has retained the 7-inch display, however the resolution has jumped to 1920 x 1080 and with a ppi of 323. For those curious, that means Google is currently able to tout the Nexus 7 as having the “highest ppi of any tablet on the market.” That all being said, you can check out some of our initial thoughts from the hands-on time we spent with the tablet following the announcement.