By Lisa Johnston
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NEW YORK – New tablets have hit store shelves at a range of price points.
Among them are Google’s next-generation Nexus 7 7-inch tablet, which is promoted as the first mobile device to run the 4.3 version of the Android OS, the first 7-inch tablet with FullHD 1,920 by 1,200 display, a 323 PPI display representing the highest PPI count of any tablet, and the first 7-inch tablet that supports native 1080p playback.
Google has also begun pushing Android 4.3 to its existing Nexus devices.
For the first time, the Nexus 7 will be available in an unlocked 4G LTE version, replacing the HSPA+ technology in the previous cellularequipped version. The LTE version will operate on the AT&T, Verizon and T-Mobile LTE networks.
The 16GB and 32GB Wi-Fi versions became available through Google and at retail stores at $229 and $269, respectively. The 32GB LTE version was scheduled to follow weeks later at $349.
At lower price points, China-based E Fun expanded its selection of Googlecertified tablets to four with the launch of two models exclusively through Hastings superstores, though they will eventually be rolled out to other retailers. The two new models are the $129 Nextbook Premium 7HD and $149 Nextbook Premium 8H.
The company recently launched two Googlecertified NextBook tablets, one at $69, on an exclusive basis through almost all of Walmart’s 3,000 brick-and-mortar stores.
E Fun plans to offer only Google-certified tablets in the future as part of a new strategy to build its share of the value tablet market.
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