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New Google Nexus 7 hits pre-order for £199.99

Freshly unveiled by industry monster Google last night (opens in new tab), the new Nexus 7 has now gone on pre-order for UK customers via Currys (opens in new tab).

The Asus-manufactured tablet continues in the wallet-friendly vein of its predecessor, with the £199.99 price tag looking extremely modest given the souped-up spec-sheet and impressive features shown off by Google at the launch event.

The Currys order page invites orders for the 16GB model now, with availability beginning from 13 September 2013. PC World (opens in new tab) also lists the tablet, including the 32GB version for £239.99.

While sporting the same size 7in screen, the Nexus 7 update takes the display from 1,280 x 800 to 1,920 x 1,200, while the pixels per inch jump from 216 to 323, which Google said is the highest resolution for a 7in tablet and the highest PPI for any tablet on the market.

The device is also 2mm thinner and 50g lighter than the original, but still packs some impressive power. A 1.4GHz, quad-core Snapdragon S4 Pro chipset sits in the engine room – purportedly bringing speeds up by 80 per cent – and is supported by 2GB RAM and a 3950mAh battery.

Other assets include wireless charging, 4G LTE and NFC connectivity, a micro USB port, a 5-megapixel rear camera and a 1.2-megapixel front snapper.

And don’t forget its all-new Android 4.3 OS, also revealed last night. Follow this link for details on the software upgrade and more on the Nexus 7 hardware (opens in new tab).

We also put the new device head-to-head with the original Nexus 7 (opens in new tab) when the new specs emerged ahead of the launch event yesterday.

Will began working life as a technology journalist at ITProPortal as Senior Staff Writer. He's worked as a Copywriter, then Creative Lead across video, social, email, web and print. He is currently a Senior Content Strategist at Zone.