New Nexus 7 – what has changed?


The 2013 version of Google’s Nexus 7 tablet is now official and will launch at the end of the month in the US. Hopefully we won’t have to wait too long for it to arrive on our shores. There are some significant changes over the version that was released last year, with the design also being tweaked slightly. Check out a hands-on of the new Nexus 7 here.

Here is a comparison between last year’s device and the new Nexus 7.

Nexus 7 (2013)                                                                                      Nexus 7 (2012)

OS Android 4.3 (Jelly Bean) Android 4.2.2 (Jelly Bean)
Processor 1.5GHz, quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro 1.2GHz, quad-core NVIDIA Tegra 3
Memory 2GB 1GB
Display 7-inch IPS 7-inch IPS
Resolution 1,920 x 1,200 1,280 x 800
Pixel Density 323 PPI 216 PPI
Storage 16GB / 32GB 8GB/ 16GB /32GB
Front Camera 1.2-megapixel 1.2-megapixel
Rear Camera 5-megapixel None
Cellular Optional (LTE) Optional (HSPA+)
WiFi 802.11/a/b/g/n 802.11/b/g/n
Bluetooth 4.0 LE 3.0
Connectivity NFC, SlimPort, wireless charging NFC
Accelerometer Yes Yes
Gyroscope Yes Yes
Ports microUSB and HDMI (SlimPort), 3.5mm audio microUSB, 3.5mm audio
Battery 3,950mAh 4,325mAh
Weight 317.5g (0.70 pounds) 340g (0.75 pounds)
Thickness 8.65mm 10.45mm
Pricing $230 (16GB), $270 (32GB), $350 (32GB, WiFi + mobile data) $200 (16GB), $250 (32GB), $300 (32GB, WiFi + mobile data)
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  • Wycked.Za

    Weird that they would make it have a higher resolution screen (more power needed?) and a smaller battery… I don’t see enough of a change to upgrade to the new one…

    • Theunis Jansen van Rensburg

      The Snapdragon CPU uses a lot less power than the old Tegra 3, that might help with the battery drain. But I agree, hopefully the battery life isn’t compromised.

      • Morne4444

        Android 4.3 also uses a lot less battery with Bluetooth 4 devices. Extract from another site “Well, the newest Bluetooth standard is indeed included in Android 4.3. Bluetooth 4.0 Low Energy (also known as Bluetooth Smart) allows devices to remain connected to a phone or tablet in a very-low-power state for better standby battery usage.”

  • nt

    When will it be released in SA?

    • Theunis Jansen van Rensburg

      Good question. As soon as we know, you will know. :)