Friday, July 26, 2013

The 2013 edition of the Nexus 7 hits, Best Buy, and Walmart four days early

On Wednesday, Google announced the 2013 version of the Nexus 7, but said that sales wouldn't begin until next Tuesday. By Friday, it became apparent that the Internet giant hadn't placed the same restriction on its retail partners, as Best Buy,, and Walmart all began selling the device on that day.

Sadly, as new as the device is, and as high-in-demand as it is expected to be, the device isn't being discounted, even at (16GB, 32GB). However,'s Nexus 7 listings offer Saturday delivery -- for now, at least, and if you pay more for delivery, naturally.

Customers can order the 2013 Nexus 7 online at (16GB, 32GB) and pick up at some local stores, today. When ordering, select that option and the site will tell you if a nearby store has the device in stock.

Meanwhile, some Walmart stores also have the device in-stock. The key word there is "some," as not all do; call to confirm.

Queries to the rest of Google's retail partners, meaning RadioShack, GameStop, and Staples, indicate that they are sticking to the originally announced July 30 release date.

The 2013 Nexus 7 is very much improved over the original edition. Specs include:
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro 8064 (quad-core) processor with a 2MB L2 cache, 1.5Ghz
  • Adreno 320 graphics
  • Android 4.3 (Jelly Bean)
  • 802.11a/b/g/n wi-fi
  • 7" LCD high-definition 10-finger capacitive touch screen, with IPS technology, 300 cd/m² brightness, 178° viewing angles and 1920 x 1200 resolution
  • 16GB or 32GB of on-board flash memory
  • 5.0MP rear-facing and 1.2MP front-facing webcams
  • Bluetooth 4.0
  • 0.3-inches in thickness (down from 0.416 inches in the original)
  • 11.2 oz. (down from 12 oz. in the original)
  • G-sensor, ambient light, Ecompass, gyroscope and proximity sensors
The device is priced at $229 for the 16GB wi-fi only model, $269 for the 32GB wi-fi only model, and $349 for the yet to be launched -- and Google did not announce a launch date -- LTE-capable and unlocked version.

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