Nexus 7 comparison: Old vs. New

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Yesterday, Google revealed the new Nexus 7 and thanks for many leaks, most of the information was known way in advance. Google has hoped to repeat the success it saw with its seven inch Nexus device. As to what is different between the old Nexus 7 and new Nexus 7, here’s my comparison between the two tablets.

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Instead of moving towards a more structured texture, the new nexus 7 has a smooth back with rubber coating that the first generation had. This is great for keeping a grip on the device and its no surprise that Google decided not to change it. The biggest different is the inclusion of a back camera, which is now in the upper left corner and also has dual stereo speakers within. The housing in the new Nexus is about two millimeters thinner, weighs about 50 grams less, and has a slightly narrower border around the display.


The display of the new Nexus 7 has the same screen size, but with a higher resolution. The 7-inch screen displays in full HD and has a resolution of 1920 x 1200 pixels. This brings the PPI of the new Nexus to 323, which is significantly higher than the HD display on the previous model (216 ppi).


One of the biggest differences between the two Nexus devices is what’s inside. The new Nexus 7 comes with a Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro processor inside, while the 2012 model had a Tegra 3 from Asus. The quad-core chipset in the new device clocks in at 1.5 GHz with 2 Gigabytes of RAM.

The battery has shrunk considerably to 3950 mAh, which the first generation was loaded with a 4235 mAh battery. However, with the improved processor inside, the battery life should be as equally good. The new Nexus 7 also has the ability to wirelessly charge via the Qi standard. The internal memory is pretty large, depending on what you get (16 or 32 Gigabyte versions) and also has a slot for microSD cards. As mentioned earlier, the new Nexus 7 also has two stereo speakers built within.


The front camera hasn’t changed much, staying at 1.2-megapixels. The new Nexus 7 has a rear camera, which the first generation didn’t have at all. This rear camera comes in at a modest 5-megapixels.

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The new Nexus 7 comes with the brand spanking new Android 4.3 and will be the first to be rolled out with the new operating system. Older Nexus devices should expect an update shortly.


The new Nexus 7 will be available in both a Wi-Fi and Data compatible version, much like its predecessor. The new Nexus will also have LTE support.


Prices are currently marked from 229-349 US dollars, depending on what configuration you get. For $349 dollars, you get the 32GB version with LTE support, and is priced a little bit higher than its predecessor.

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Nexus 7 2012 vs Nexus 7 2013

  Nexus 7 (2012) Nexus 7 (2013)
System Android 4.3 (Update) Android 4.3
Display 7-inches, 1280 x 800 Pixel, 216 ppi 7-inches, 1920 x 1200 Pixel, 323 ppi
Processor Nvidia Tegra 3, Quad-Core, 1,2 GHz Snapdragon S4 Pro, Quad-Core, 1,5 GHz
Internal Memory 16 / 32 GB 16 / 32 GB
Camera 1.2 MP (Front) 1.2 MP (Front), 5 MP (Rück)
Connectivity WLAN, Bluetooth, NFC, HSPA+ WLAN, Bluetooth 4.0, NFC, LTE
Battery 4325 mAh 3950 mAh, Wireless Qi
Dimensions 198.5 x 120 x 10.45 mm 200 x 114 x 8.7 mm
Weight 340 g 290 g (WLAN), 299 g (LTE)
Price 199 $ (16 GB, WLAN), 249 $ (32 GB, WLAN), 299 $ (32 GB, WLAN + 3G) 229 $ (16 GB, WLAN), 269 $ (32 GB, WLAN), 349 $ (32 GB, WLAN + 4G)


Well, the comparison shows that Google has put some work into the next iteration of its Nexus 7 device. Even if the 2012 model will still be getting the same software upgrades shortly, there are definitely key areas of improvement with the latest one. The low cost for this type of device is definitely worth it if you’re in the market for a 7-inch model.

What do you think about the new Nexus 7? Is it worth upgrading? 

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  • Purnendu Karmakar Aug 3, 2013 Link to comment

    Would anybody please tell me whether New Nexus-7 (32 GB) with 4G LTE available anywhere in the market (wither in US or Germany or anywhere) ?

  • Lisa Banks Aug 1, 2013 Link to comment

    I just got my new Nexus 7. It is much slimmer and lighter than the older one, but there is NO SD CARD SLOT! I had hoped for one, but bought the 32GB version on the assumption it would not be so equipped.

    My newly purchased case, however, is designed for the old style, and the front and back cameras are blocked. It's minor, but noteworthy.

  • Rolfhu Jul 30, 2013 Link to comment

    Better display but smaller batterie capacity ?

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    Deactivated Account Jul 29, 2013 Link to comment

    I think I'm going to buy the new one and give my ASUS Eeepad to my father.

  • Chris R. Jul 26, 2013 Link to comment

    I am glad I didn't buy a new table recently, because this new Nexus 7 is just what I am looking for and it has more to offer than what most other more expensive units have. Thank you Google for understanding customer needs as far as value goes.

  • Glostermeteor Jul 26, 2013 Link to comment

    Is the micro SD card slot confirmed? If so im buying one, if not im not

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