The original Nexus 7, released back in 2012, shook the tablet world through its core. There wasn’t anything particularly innovative or revolutionary about it, nor did the specs scream top-end. But what it did was offer something to tablet users out there that had long eluded them in the past: value for money.
Before the 2012 Nexus 7, the only choice for half a decent tablet experience started at $499, which is a decent chunk of change for most. For Android, the situation was even worse. With Google’s lack of focus and the complete inability to transfer the Android smartphone experience onto a big screen, the notion of a totalitarian tablet society with Apple as its head was rapidly becoming a reality.
Fast-forward to 2013 and you’ll find nearly 80% of tablet shipments in the past quarter to be running Android. How this miraculous change took place, you can find it out in detail in our 2012 Nexus 7 review. What we will be focusing today on is the new Nexus 7, released in July 2013.
This is the update to the original Nexus 7 we have all been waiting for. Google hit a home run with the original, but we all know it’s not the show-stopping act that matters; it’s how you follow it up. The new Nexus 7 is an upgrade to the original in almost every sense of the word. It comes with a new system-on-chip. Google replaced the ageing NVIDIA Tegra 3 with the newer, more powerful Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro clocked at 1.5GHz along with Adreno 320 GPU. The display too gets an upgrade. It measures the same 7-inch as before but now has an incredible 1920 x 1200 resolution. A 5 mega-pixel back shooter has also been added to the new Nexus 7. ASUS did an impressive job with the original, so it only made sense for Google to stick with them for the follow-up.
There are three version of the new Nexus 7. The 16GB and 32GB Wi-Fi versions cost $229 and $269 respectively. The 32GB LTE version, which will be available in the near future, costs $349.
ASUS Nexus 7 (2012)
ASUS Nexus 7 (2013)
|Dimensions||198.5 x 120 x 10.45mm||200 x 114 x 8.65mm|
|Chassis||Plastic + Rubber back||Plastic + Soft Touch back|
|Display||7-inch 1280×800 IPS, 216ppi||7.02-inch 1920×1200 IPS, 323ppi|
|Weight||340 g||290 grams (WiFi), 299 grams (LTE)|
|Processor||1.3 GHz NVIDIA Tegra 3 (T30L)||1.5 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro (APQ8064-1AA)|
|Memory||1 GB||2 GB DDR3L|
|Storage||8 GB / 16 GB / 32GB||16 GB / 32 GB|
|Battery||16 Whr||15.01 Whr|
|WiFi/Connectivity||802.11b/g/n, BT, NFC||802.11a/b/g/n, BT 4.0, NFC|
|Camera||1.2 MP Front Facing||5.0 MP Rear Facing
1.2 MP Front Facing
|Wireless Charging||No||Yes (Qi Compatible)|
|Pricing||$199/$249||$229/$269 (16/32GB WiFi only)