New Nexus 7 tablet has hi-res display & will debut in May for $249: reports

by Doug Drinkwater

March 18 2013

New reports suggest that both the iPad mini and Nexus 7 are about to be fitted with high-resolution displays
New reports suggest that both the iPad mini and Nexus 7 are about to be fitted with high-resolution displays

Google’s original Nexus 7 tablet may have struggled to keep pace with Apple's iPad mini in recent months, but new reports suggest that that could soon change, with the search giant apparently planning to launch a newer model with a high-resolution display in May.

DisplaySearch analyst Paul Semenza recently told CNET that the new Nexus 7 will offer a 1920 x 1200 resolution display, giving it a pixel density of 323.45 pixels per inch, and said that he expects the model to come to market before Apple's second iPad mini.

"For the Google Nexus 7, we're seeing the potential for stepping up to a 1,920 x 1,200 'HD+' kind of format,” said Semenza. “We're seeing panel production possibly in the second quarter.”

This estimate would certainly tie-in with reports from Taiwanese news website Digitimes, which - citing multiple sources in the supply chain -- is betting that the 7-inch Android tablet turns up in May with “enhanced specifications and a price of $249 to challenge its 7-to-8-inch competitors including the Apple iPad mini”.

Digitimes doesn’t exactly boast the best record when it comes to reporting rumors like these but it has reported similar news before. Back in January the website claimed that the next Nexus 7 would feature a high-resolution display and would launch in May for between $199 and $249.

At the time, it added that the tablet would offer an “upgraded Jelly Bean-based Android operating system to enhance the integration between the software and hardware.”

Such news comes at a time when Apple also appears to be stepping up plans to offer a high-resolution display on the next iPad mini.

Recent reports suggest that the iPad mini 2 will arrive sometime in the second half of 2013 with a 2048 x 1536 resolution display, which would give it a slightly better pixel density (326.11 pixels per inch) than the incoming Nexus 7.

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