Google recently unveiled the second generation Nexus 7 tablet at a media event in New York City. The company also debuted its latest Jelly Bean platform - Android 4.3 - for a spate of older Nexus devices, including Nexus 4, Nexus 7, Nexus 10 and Google Nexus.

According to a recent Pocket-lint report, ASUS has confirmed the new Nexus 7 is set for a 28 August release in the UK. This is contrary to PC World's earlier claim the 7in tablet will arrive in the UK on 13 September.

The new Nexus 7 is already available for sale in the US. It can be pre-ordered in the UK at £199.99 for the 16GB Wi-Fi model and the 32GB variant is priced at £239.99. The device is expected to be available via the Google Play Store as well as all high street retailers (including PC World and Currys) starting at midnight (local time) on 27 August.

In other words, this could mean the new Nexus 7 will release in the UK ahead of the next-gen iPad mini, which is tipped for a Christmas launch. By contrast, Samsung is expected to unleash its Galaxy Note 3 at the IFA event in Berlin around mid September.

The second generation Nexus 7 packs a powerful hardware configuration: a Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro processor with four Krait cores clocked at 1.5GHz and paired with an Adreno 320 GPU, 2GB of RAM, 16/32GB of internal memory and a 3950mAh non-removable battery.

Other noteworthy features include a 1.2 megapixel front camera for video calls and a five megapixel rear camera with autofocus, geo-tagging, touch-focus, face detection and support for 1080p video recording at 30 frames per second (fps). Connectivity options include Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n dual-band, Bluetooth 4.0, Near Field Communications (NFC) and microUSB 2.0.

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