Google has upped the ante in the tablet market by unveiling the new Nexus 7 tablet as well as an update to the Android operating system, Android 4.3.
At a special event hosted by Android and Chrome chief Sundar Pichai, Google unveiled its new tablet that is seen as a direct competitor to Apple's iPad Mini.
A major selling point for the updated device is the 1920×1200 display, giving it a pixel density much higher than the iPad Mini. The models, with built-in Wi-Fi, are available with either 16 or 32 GB of memory and will retail for $229 and $269, respectively. A 64 GB, $349 model with built-in LTE will also be available, but only in the US.
The Wi-Fi models will be available in the US on July 30, with the LTE model and availability in global markets to come in the next few weeks.
Besides the upgraded screen resolutions, the models will also feature richer sound and extended battery life, the Associated Press reports.
It will also be smaller, thinner and lighter than the original Nexus 7 model, which has sold around 7 million units.
The unveiling comes about a week before Google will unveil the Moto X, the first phone developed by Motorola since Google bought it in May 2012 for $12.5 billion, Reuters reports.
The other big announcement was the Android operating system update, Android 4.3, which will still be called Jelly Bean, according to TechCrunch.
The update will feature, among other additions, restricted profiles for kids, a redesigned camera interface, support for Bluetooth Low Energy and general performance improvements.
Android 4.3 will be available on all new Nexus 7 tablets. The update is also expected to hit the Samsung Galaxy S4 and HTC One "very soon."