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New Nexus 7 UK release date is 28 August, Asus confirms

The much-anticipated Google tablet -- packing Android 4.3 -- will arrive in the UK within a few short weeks.

Tablet fans to your stations: Google's follow-up to the much-beloved Nexus 7 will be on sale in the UK within weeks.

The new Nexus 7 will go on sale in the UK on 28 August, Asus -- which builds the 7-inch slate -- has confirmed.

The Nexus 7 is expected to be on sale from Google's online Play Store as well as other retailers. The tablet comes in two sizes, with the 16GB model set to cost £199, and the 32GB version setting you back £239.

That's not quite as cheap as the first Nexus 7, which has started at a bargain-basement £159 since it first appeared last year. The new model went on sale in the US on 30 July.

The nouveau Nexus is a moderately beefed-up version of the old Nexus 7. It has a 5-megapixel rear-facing camera, and a higher 1,920x1,200-pixel resolution screen.

It's also running Android 4.3, which is the very latest version of Google's mobile operating system, although improvements over previous versions are pretty minor. As it's a Nexus device, it'll be first in line for fresh Android versions when they pop out of Google's oven.

Last year's Nexus 7 impressed us with its low price and impressive specifications. This time around the competition is much fiercer, and will likely include a new version of Apple's iPad mini.

Will you splash out on the new Nexus 7, or is there another tablet you'd rather own? Let me know in the comments, or over on our Facebook wall.