What’s New In This Year’s Nexus 7 Compared to Last Year’s? Let’s take a Look

July 24, 2013 - Written By Alexander Maxham

I’ve heard many people saying that the new Nexus 7 isn’t a huge upgrade over last years, and I’ve heard many others saying it is. So I thought I’d take the time and put the specs side by side so we can really see the differences. The Nexus 7 was announced today and features a 7-inch full HD display along with a Snapdragon S4 Pro processor which is much faster and powerful than the Tegra ┬áin last years model. There are also some other improvements, which you can see in the table down below. Including a jump in price. While the jump isn’t huge, it still looks pretty big. Going from $199 to $229 looks big even though it’s only $30.

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As you can see the screen has been updated, more pixels. Along with the RAM being doubled, but it has a smaller battery. I’m not sure why Google opted for almost 400mAh smaller battery. Especially since the screen has more pixels being pushed now and a more powerful CPU as well. Then again, Android 4.3 is also supposedly improving battery life quite a bit. Which should help this out. Also the the height is one millimeter taller while the width is about 6 millimeters smaller and thinner as well. Google and ASUS also threw in a rear-facing camera as well. Which is nice to have even though I almost never use it.

The price has jumped a bit, but Google is also offering an LTE version that will work on Verizon, T-Mobile and AT&T. Which is great. That means you can jump from one carrier to another and keep the same device. The LTE version is also in 32GB only and runs about $349. Which is another jump from last year’s $299 HSPA+ model. But that could entirely be due to the LTE radio being more expensive to throw in the device.

So looking at the spec-to-price ratio. Is the new Nexus 7 a big enough upgrade to justify buying the new one? Or are you going to sit tight with your first generation Nexus 7? I’ll be hanging onto my first generation Nexus 7 until the next Nexus 10 comes out, personally.