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In advance of a planned Google even this Wednesday, leaks of an updated Nexus 7 continue to appear. This time its a Best Buy ad slated for next week, showing a $229 Nexus 7 with 1920 x 1200 display.

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It looks like Google will beat Apple to using a 1080p or better display on a small tablet if a leaked Best Buy ad is the real deal. A tip to Phone Arena shows next week’s alleged advertisement with a $229 16 GB Nexus 7 slate using a 1920 x 1200 touchscreen. Availability for the device is said to be Tuesday, which would be July 30.

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Until there’s an official Google announcement, we obviously don’t know for sure if a refreshed Nexus 7 even exists. However, there’s too much evidence of late to discount it. An actual device, possibly a prototype, appeared last week on video, for example. And this Wednesday, Google is holding a press event with Sundar Pichai who heads up Google’s Android efforts. The event could include non-Android news as Pichai is also in charge of Chrome and Google Apps.

Old Nexus 7It’s a safe bet then that we’ll hear about a new Nexus 7 in just two days. Does the high-definition screen sound likely? To me: yes. I speculated in April that a refreshed device would use an HD touchscreen, mainly because it would be the biggest improvement Google could make to its 7-inch tablet. The $229 price tag appearing in the Best Buy ad, as well as in some retail inventory systems, wouldn’t really be justified without an HD display, in my opinion, because the price is higher than the currently available 16 GB model.

As far as other components, I’m looking for a quad-core processor — possibly a still-capable one from last year — 2 GB of memory, Android 4.3 pre-installed, a rear camera and an optional 4G model with more storage capacity priced at $329.

If I’m correct, the improvements and relatively low price increase signal that Google wants its tablet to be chosen over Apple’s iPad mini, which still doesn’t have a high-definition screen. And I don’t seem to recall Best Buy ever selling the original Nexus in the U.S. so this development could mean Google is trying to expand retail availability for its small slate.

  1. Best buy probably wont have the 32gb for a few weeks. That’s how it was with the asus tf300t.

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  2. As an Apple shareholder, I hope Apple does not create an iPad mini 2 with HD display. People will buy the iPad mini because of the Apple logo, so business logic dictates that the device needs to maintain low costs by having a low-resolution display to maximize profit margins.

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  3. dennisvjames Tuesday, July 23, 2013

    Kevin how do we get our data and apps from the old Nexus 7 on the new Nexus 7? That would be a great article.

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    1. In the old Nexus 7, search the settings for automatic backup and restore of apps and data. When you get your new N7, check this option too and your apps will be downloaded as soon as you’ve finished the initial setup.

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      1. thank you!

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