Here's How Google's 2013 Nexus 7 Compares to the Original

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This is a big day for Google. During its "Breakfast with Sundar Pichai" event, Google unveiled its second generation Nexus 7 tablet built by ASUS (along with a few other announcements). The impending introduction of another Nexus 7 tablet was one of the worst kept secrets on the web, but now that it's official, we can dismiss with the speculation and focus on the facts.

To start with, the 2013 model Nexus 7 is thinner, lighter, and faster than the original released last year. It also boasts a higher resolution display that's been bumped up to 1920x1200. though the 7-inch form factor remains. As for brand new features, it now has a 5-megapixel rear-facing camera, support for wireless charging, Bluetooth 4.0 LE (upgraded from 3.0), and 4G LTE support.

2013 Nexus 7

How does it compare with the original? Let's have a look:

  Nexus 7 (Second Generation)
Nexus 7 (Original)
OS Android 4.3 Jelly Bean Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean
CPU Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro, quad-core, 1.5GHz NVIDIA Tegra 3, quad-core, 1.2GHz
RAM 2GB 1GB
Display 7-inch IPS; 1920x1200; 323 PPI 7-inch IPS; 1280x800; 216 PPI
Storage 16GB / 32GB 16GB / 32GB
Front Camera 1.2MP 1.2MP
Rear Camera 5MP N/A
Wireless 802.11n; Bluetooth 4.0 LE 802.11n; Bluetooth 3.0
NFC Yes; wireless charging Yes
Connectivity micro USB; HDMI (slim); 3.5mm micro USB; 3.5mm
Price $230 (16GB); $270 (32GB); $350 (32GB, Wi-Fi + Cellular) $200 (16GB); $250 (32GB); $300 (Wi-Fi + Cellular)

The 2013 model Nexus 7 measures 0.3 inches (H) by 7.9 inches (W) by 4.5 inches (D) and weighs 11.2 ounces, compared to the original Nexus 7's dimensions of 0.4 inches (H) by 7.8 inches (W) by 4.7 inches (D) and 12 ounces.

2013 Nexus 7 Angled

One of the more interesting developments is the price. We've gotten used to subsequent generation tablets maintaining the same price point. The fourth generation iPad, for example, starts at $499, the same as every previous generation at launch. That isn't the case here. Google bumped up the price by $30 for the 16GB version, $20 for the 32GB model, and $50 for the Cellular SKU.

The new Nexus 7 will be available on July 30th in the U.S.
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Jaybk26 replied on Wed, Jul 24 2013 3:05 PM

I hope other tablet manufacturers don't follow the price raising scheme. I can already imagine a "16 GB iPad for only $900!"

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KOwen replied on Wed, Jul 24 2013 4:23 PM

I've always wondered why internal storage for phones and iPods is so expensive. Is it the form factor or are we getting ripped off? Cause paying so much money for only 32GB, especially with the decline in HDD and SSD costs, seems ridiculous to me.

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Clixxer replied on Wed, Jul 24 2013 4:43 PM

KOwen:

I've always wondered why internal storage for phones and iPods is so expensive. Is it the form factor or are we getting ripped off? Cause paying so much money for only 32GB, especially with the decline in HDD and SSD costs, seems ridiculous to me.

It has to be cost of the storage and form factor I would think. Gotta charge alittle more to make money off of it. Now honestly I think if companies just offered one storage size somewhere in the middle so everything is the same it wouldn't be an issue. People are still going to buy smart phones and tablets if they comes in 16Gb, 32Gb, or 64Gb or if you just offer a 32Gb or 64GB IMO.

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Jun replied on Wed, Jul 24 2013 4:51 PM

It has the same CPU as my Nexus 4! With increased power and a higher resolution, I wonder what the battery life will be like.

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RWilliams replied on Wed, Jul 24 2013 5:14 PM

Do want. It's too bad Android 4.3 isn't as interesting as the tablet, though.

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ajm531 replied on Wed, Jul 24 2013 11:13 PM

I mean i want really brand new stuff in my android OS but i like that they are taking their time with jelly bean and just making tons of under the hood improvements. On another note i think one of the more interesting things that was not mentioned in this article is that it has 4g lte. Now i know it is shown and somewhat mentioned in the article but its not mentioned that the 4g lte will support tmobiles, At&t's, and verizon's!!!! Now thats sticking it to the carriers right there. Thats just plain amazing and i hope we see something like this in the nexus 5.

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ajm531 replied on Wed, Jul 24 2013 11:15 PM

Even though the resolution is higher it has like 2.5 times the battery. Also i know its a much bigger display and higher res but hopefully since android 4.3 is optimized to max it should help with battery life.

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ajm531 replied on Wed, Jul 24 2013 11:17 PM

dude im already betting if the rumors for the 12.2 inch ipad pan out im pretty sure it the 16 version will be right up there. And i dont even want to know what 4g lte version will cost. But i think the price is justified. Rear camera. higher res screen. Hopefully really decent dual front facing speakers.

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ajm531 replied on Wed, Jul 24 2013 11:17 PM

dude im already betting if the rumors for the 12.2 inch ipad pan out im pretty sure it the 16 version will be right up there. And i dont even want to know what 4g lte version will cost. But i think the price is justified. Rear camera. higher res screen. Hopefully really decent dual front facing speakers.

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The price increase is negligible especially when you consider the increase of awesome you get in return.

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