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Nexus 7 2 to debut in UK end of August

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The Nexus 7 2, the latest version of the popular Google tablet, will launch in the UK on 28 August – a month after making its debut in USA.

The gadget will be available from high-street retailers as well as the online Google Play store at a cost of £199.99 and £239.99 respectively for the 16GB and the 32GB versions respectively.

The relase date means the Nexus 7 2 is likely to arrive on shelves ahead of the new versions of the iPad mini and Samsung Galaxy Note 3, its potential competitors in the Christmas 2013 market.

The 144x200x9.15mm device features wireless charging, the latest version of Bluetooth for compatibility with wearable technologies such as watches, and NFC, 1.5GHz processor that is 80 per cent faster than the original model, 2GB memory. The 1920 x 1200 HD display also comes with 5MP rear and 1.2MP front cameras, as well as dual stereo speakers.

Google claimed the screen made it the world’s highest resolution tablet, comparing favourably to the iPad’s Retina Display, which offers 264PPI.

The device will also be the first to feature the new version of Android, 4.3, which includes individual users profiles, which can be restricted so that, for instance, children cannot see in-app purchasing options that could land their parents with huge bills.

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