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The new Nexus 7 vs. last year's model: what's changed?

Edgar Alvarez, @abcdedgar
July 24, 2013
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Google's second-generation Nexus 7 hasn't been the company's best kept secret -- we've seen leak after leak, after leak and, well, you get the point. Still, now that the revamped 7-inch slate is officially out the bag, we can finally leave speculation behind and attach some formal specifications to the thing. As expected, the new Nexus 7 brings a number of internal upgrades to the table, while its outer shell has seen a few minor aesthetic changes. All signs point toward it being a worthy successor to Mountain View's popular tablet, but how big of an upgrade are we talking about, exactly? Those answers await after the jump, where we break down the specs and spell out what's different between the old and 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
Navigation GPS / GLONASS GPS / GLONASS
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)
Availability July 30th (US), "coming soon" to more countries Available now

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