October 31, 2014

Google debuts white Nexus 7, LG G Pad 8.3 Google Play edition, and Sony Z Ultra Google Play edition

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The Nexus 7 gets a color refresh while two new Google Play edition devices debut

Google on Tuesday introduced three new devices to its roster of stock Android products. Available immediately are a white version of the Nexus 7 , an LG G Pad 8.3 Google Play edition, and a Sony Z Ultra Google Play edition.You can pick any of them up from the Google Play Store starting today. Note that availability is limited to select countries as of today; the Nexus 7 is for U.S., U.K., and Japan while the others are U.S. only.

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The white Nexus 7 comes in a 32GB storage capacity and features identical hardware to the standard model. Much like the Nexus 5, this white Nexus 7 only has the frosty snow color on the rear.

Holiday Special: Buy a Nexus 7 and Chromecast together — get a $35 Google Play credit and free shipping.

Pricing for the Nexus 7 remains the same as as it did for the black version. Google has started a special promotion for those who bundle the new tablet with a Chromecast.  Should you order both at the same time, Google will send you a credit for $35 toward content from the Google Play store. Not only that, but free shipping as well! This works for the white and the black models.

New “Google Play edition” devices

The LG G Pad 8.3 Google Play edition and Sony Z Ultra Google Play edition follow the same path set forth by smartphones such as the Samsung Galaxy S4 and HTC One. Specifically, these are a stock Android version of a device that can be had elsewhere. As for the smartphone is concerned, the Sony handset is compatible with AT&T and T-Mobile’s networks in the United States.

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Pricing for the LG G Pad 8.3 Google Play edition is $349 and includes the following specifications.

  • Android 4.4 KitKat
  • 8.3″ Full HD Display 1920 x 1200, at 273 PPI
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 Quad Core, 1.7 GHz
  • 16 GB internal storage
  • 2GB RAM
  • microSD (up to 64 GB)
  • 5-megapixel rear camera
  • 1.3-megapixel front-facing camera
  • 4600mAh battery

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Pricing for the Sony Z Ultra Google Play edition is $649 and includes the following specifications.

  • Android 4.4 KitKat
  • 6.4″ diagonal 1920 x 1080, 342ppi
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 Quad Core, 2.2 GHz
  • 16 GB internal storage
  • 2GB RAM
  • External microSD/XC card slot
  • 8-megapixel with Exmor RS sensor rear camera
  • 2-megapixel front-facing camera
  • 3000mAh battery
  • Compatibility for AT&T and T-Mobile bands in United States