Comparing the new Nexus 7 to the previous generation


So you’re one of those people who like to look at a spec sheet to compare devices, huh? And now that the new Nexus 7 has been announced, you’d like to see how it officially stacks up against the current generation. Huzzah! We’ve got a chart for you that breaks down the differences in the two versions of the popular Android tablet.

Nexus 7 (2012) Nexus 7 (2013)
Display 7″ 1280×800 (216ppi) 7.02″ 1920×1200 (323ppi)
Android 4.2 Jelly Bean* 4.3 Jelly Bean
Front Camera 1.2-megapixel 1.2-megapixel
Rear Camera NA 5-megapixel
Processor Quad-core 1.2GHz Tegra 3 Quad-core 1.5GHz Snapdragon S4 Pro
Memory 1GB RAM 2GB RAM
Storage 16GB/32GB 16GB/32GB
Size 198.5 x 120 x 10.45mm 114 x 200 x 8.65mm
Weight 340 grams 290 grams
Battery 4325 mAh (8 hours) 3950 mAh (9 hours)
Ports micro USB micro USB, SlimPort (HDMI)
Sensors microphone, NFC, accelerometer, GPS,
magnetometer, gyroscope
microphone, NFC, accelerometer, GPS,
magnetometer, gyroscope, compass, ambient light, Bluetooth 4.0
WiFi 802.11 b/g/n Dual-band WiFi 2.4GHz/5GHz 802.11 b/g/n
Price 16GB ($229)
32GB ($269)
32GB 4G LTE ($349)**

*Denotes will receive software update to 4.3 Jelly Bean

**Connects to Verizon, AT&T, and T-Mobile 4G LTE networks

Suffice it to say, the new model packs quite a punch for not much more retail cost. We’re excited over the 4G LTE connectivity as it allows for support by three of the top four U.S. carriers.

Look for the Nexus 7 WiFi models to arrive on July 30 followed in the coming weeks by the 4G LTE variant.

  • Lauren Weinstein

    Original 2012 Nexus 7 also has always had compass and ambient light sensor, despite the omissions above.


    Kudos for making a dead simple article that let’s me make an informed shopping decision.

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  • Fernando Gonzalez

    Why is Sprint not included with the other carriers? Sadness