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New Nexus 7 Differences and Comparisons

Google revealed the new Nexus 7 tablet yesterday in San Francisco, and given how the specs stack up, the new 7 incher beats every other tablet within its range (and even some above it) hands down. Till yesterday, we could comfortably recommend the original Nexus 7 as the best in its range, but the new iteration is definitely a game changer.

New Nexus 7 Differences at a Glance

Specifications Original Nexus 7Nexus 7 New Nexus 7New Nexus 7
Processor Nvidia Tegra 3 Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro
Processor Speed 1.2 Ghz (Quad-core) 1.5 Ghz (Quad-core)
Random Access Memory (RAM) 1 GB 2 GB
Internal Memory 8/16 GB (No Card Slot) 16/32 GB (No Card Slot)
Display Technology IPS LCD IPS LCD
Display Resolution 1280×800 (216 ppi) 1920×1200 (323 ppi)
Screen Size 7.0 Inches 7.0 Inches
Graphics Processing Unit ULP GeForce Adreno 320
Battery 4325 mAh (Non-removable) 3950 mAh (Non-removable)
Cameras Front only (1.2 MP) Front and Back (1.2 & 5 MP)
Weight 340 g 290 g
Thickness 10.55 mm 8.7 mm
Lowest Release Price $199 $229

 

As the specs show, not only is the new Nexus 7 thinner and lighter, it sports a killer high resolution display, which is sure to knockout any other tablet daring enough to stand against the new release, especially in this price range.

While the new Nexus 7 is also manufactured by Asus, there are notable hardware differences, such as the choice of processor, moving away from Nvidia’s Tegra line to Qualcomm’s Snapdragon chipset. The Snapdragon S4 Pro however is no slacker either, and the bump in processing speed is going to make sure that you get comparable performance along with improvements. The increase in RAM from 1 GB to 2 GB was also essential, given how demanding users have become.

In terms of design, the new Nexus 7 looks very similar to its predecessor. However, it has reduced side bezels (which means it is less wider) and increased top and bottom bezels (which make it easier to hold in landscape mode). Moreover, the original Nexus 7’s rubbery back is now replaced with a more smooth plastic material (which may not exactly be an improvement).

The current major contenders to the new Nexus 7 remain its predecessor’s rivals, the Kindle Fire HD and the Apple iPad mini. However, comparing Google’s latest outing to the existing competition is unfair to say the least, and the new Nexus 7 quite literally wipes the floor with whatever you throw at it.

New Nexus 7 vs the Kindle Fire HD and Apple iPad Mini

Specifications New Nexus 7New Nexus 7 Kindle Fire HDKindle Fire HD Apple iPad MiniApple iPad Mini
Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro Texas Instruments OMAP Apple A5
Processor Speed 1.5 Ghz (Quad-core) 1.2 Ghz (Dual-core) 1 Ghz (Dual-core)
Random Access Memory (RAM) 2 GB 1 GB 512 MB
Internal Memory 16/32 GB (No Card Slot) 16/32 GB (No Card Slot) 16/32/64 GB (No Card Slot)
Display Technology IPS LCD IPS LCD IPS LCD
Display Resolution 1920×1200 (323 ppi) 1280×800 (216 ppi) 1024×768 (162 ppi)
Screen Size 7.0 Inches 7.0 Inches 7.9 Inches
Graphics Processing Unit Adreno 320 PowerVR SGX540 PowerVR SGX543MP2
Battery 3950 mAh (Non-removable) 4400 mAh (Non-removable) 4490 mAh (None-removable)
Cameras Front and Back (1.2 & 5 MP) Front only (1.3 MP) Front and Back (1.2 & 5 MP)
Weight 290 g 395 g 308 g
Thickness 8.7 mm 10.33 mm 7.2 mm

 

The Apple iPad mini majorly loses out on the display when compared to the new Nexus 7 incher. Not only is the iPad mini’s resolution a problem, given that it has a 7.9 inch screen means that ppi suffers as well. While it is thinner no doubt, it is by no means lighter than Google’s latest offering. Add to all that the fact that the iPad mini has a dual-core processor, 512 MB RAM and no GPS (in Wifi models) and it really starts fading in comparison.

The Kindle Fire HD fares a little better than the iPad mini, with a higher resolution and a slightly faster processor. However, it still falls short of the Nexus 7’s HD screen, weighs heavier, has no rear camera and is considerably thicker.

Finally, the new Nexus 7 does not only have better hardware on its side, but also boasts Android 4.3, the operating system’s latest version. While Android 4.3 does not include any major changes from the previous version, it has a restrict profiles feature, which is sure to be popular with parents, who can now restrict the tablet’s use for their children, preventing them from opening certain apps or making unauthorized purchases.

The new Nexus 7 is going to be available at all major retailers starting 30th July, and we can safely say that it is going to be the leading tablet in its price range for quite sometime.

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