Nexus 7 (2012) vs Nexus 7 (2013)

n72-4603Thinking about upgrading to the new Nexus 7 (2013)? Or are you a first time buyer? Either way we’ll take a look at the two models and outline the differences between them.

The new model is obviously going to be a step forward, but will it be enough to tempt existing owners. And will new buyers be tempted to pick up an older model off good ol’ ebay? So what’s the difference between the old and new Nexus 7?

Nexus 7 (2013) versus Nexus 7 (2012)

Size: The new model is both thinner, 8.6mm down from 10.45mm, and slimmer, 114mm down from 120mm. They’ve also knocked a good 40g off the weight, bringing it down to under 300g.

Does this make much of a difference? Well actually yes, these changes make it that much more comfortable to hold in ones hand. The old model was OK, but reports suggest the newer version is “just right”.

Display: Once again the Nexus 7 sports a 7″ screen (well dur!) but this time we have a 1920 x 1200 resolution at a fantastic 323ppi. This is a market leading screen and a big step up from the older model (1280 x 800 resolution at 216ppi). Google claim that the new version has superior colour definition too.

Sound: The Nexus 7 (2012) didn’t win any prizes for audio output so this time round Google have had a stab at rectifying this shortcoming. The next gen model features dual-stereo speakers (located on the back side, near the top and bottom) and Fraunhofer virtual surround sound. Early reports indicate that this setup is actually very good.

Performance: ASUS have packed in a 1.5GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro processor that Google claims offers an additional 80% performance. That’s a big jump by any standard! This is combined with a GPU that offers 4x the performance. RAM has been doubled so you now get 2gb to play with.

Check out these benchmarks.

Camera: A common complaint for some was the lack of rear camera, well this time you’ll get a 5mp rear facing camera to snap away with.


The new model is clearly a nice step forward and for those that haven’t been tempted to date will prove even harder to resist.  Google have addressed a number of common complaints (although still no SD card) so the already attractive Nexus 7 is still clearly the tablet to go for in the current market.

The Nexus 7 (2013) is available to pre-order in the UK here:

And elsewhere around the world via the Google Play store.

What do you think?

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