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Is New Google Nexus 7 tablet a repackaged version of LG Nexus 4 smartphone?

It’s interesting to see how Google has managed to produce a bigger version of the LG-built Google Nexus 4 smartphone with a better display (but no voice capabilities) and some added goodies, for nearly a third less (£287 vs. £200 for the 16GB version).

Both come with the same Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro system-on-chip launched early 2012, the APQ8064A, a quad-core model clocked at 1.5GHz with an Adreno 320 GPU clocked at 400MHz, one which is way more powerful than the GeForce GPU in the Nvidia Tegra 3 used in the original Nexus 7.

Other commonalities include 2GB of RAM, NFC (AKA Android Beam), a similar pixel density (around 320ppi) Dual-band Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0, a front-facing camera, Corning Gorilla Glass and a Slimport connector.

In addition, the new Nexus 7 includes wireless charging (Qi technology), a battery that’s almost twice the size of the S4’s (3.95Ah compared to 2.1Ah) and perhaps most importantly, optional 4G LTE connectivity, something that isn’t even available on the Nexus 4.

Sure, the Nexus 4 has a camera with a higher resolution (8mp vs. 5mp) but bar the screen which determines the form factor, the two devices have a lot in common.

This brings up one crucial question; will someone ever come up with a hack to transform the LTE version into the best value-for-money phablet on the market? Even at £250, a hacked version of the new Nexus 7 would have absolutely no competition in this price range.

And for those who wonder that would compare to the other phablets on the market. The Sony Xperia Z Ultra costs more than £600 and weighs 212g while the Asus Fonepad retails for £179 and weighs in at a whopping 340g.

Check out the launch of the new Google Nexus 7 as it happened yesterday and you can already read our preview of the Nexus 7 here.

Désiré Athow

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.