2nd-gen Google Nexus 7 compared with competing tablets

Google has unveiled the next gen 7-inch Nexus 7 tablet. We take a look at its specifications and see how it compares to other competing tablets.

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2nd-gen Google Nexus 7 compared with competing tablets

After a series of leaks and rumours, Google has finally unveiled the second-generation Nexus 7. The biggest difference that users will not notice is the fact that the new Nexus 7 is slimmer (by about 2mm) and lighter (by 50 grams) than its predecessor. The bezel surrounding the display too has been reduced.

The new Nexus 7 is still manufactured by Asus for Google and the improvements in specifications are quite impressive. To start with, the 7-inch display now has a 1920x1200 pixel resolution giving it a pixel density of 323ppi. The device comes in 16GB and 32GB storage variants but sadly there is no storage expansion option available. The Nexus 7 now has a 5MP rear facing camera and a 1.2MP front facing camera for hangouts.

Under the hood, the Nexus 7 has a Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro quad-core 1.5 GHz Krait processor, coupled with Adreno 320 GPU and 2GB of RAM. The battery capacity of the tablet hasn’t been revealed but Google claims 9 hours of HD video playback and 10 hours of web browsing on the tablet. The new Nexus 7 runs on the latest Android 4.3 Jelly Bean straight out-of-the-box. If you are one who enjoys gaming on your tablet, then you are in luck as the device supports OpenGL ES 3.0.

The Nexus 7 will be available in three variants starting July 30 in the US. The 16GB Wi-Fi only is priced at $229 (Rs. 13,600 approx.), the 32GB Wi-Fi only model is priced at $269 (Rs. 16,000 approx.) and the 32GB 4G-LTE version will cost $349 (Rs. 20,700 approx.). Other countries, such as the UK, Germany, Japan, Canada, Spain, France, Australia, and South Korea will get the tablet in coming weeks. There is no information on when the tablet will hit Indian shores.

Now that you have taken a look at the specifications of the new Nexus 7, here is a quick comparison to see how it stands when compared to other tablet available in the market today.

Models
New Nexus 7
Old Nexus 7
iPad mini
Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 (8-inch)
Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 (7-inch)
Samsung Galaxy Note 510
Sony Xperia Tablet Z
iPad (4th Gen)
Samsung Galaxy Note 800
Nexus 10
Display size
7-inch
7-inch
7.9-inch
8-inch
7-inch
8-inch
10.1-inch
9.7-inch
10.1-inch
10.1-inch
Display Type
LED backlit IPS LCD
LED backlit IPS LCD
LED backlit IPS LCD
TFT LCD
TFT LCD
TFT
LED backlit LCD
LED backlit IPS LCD
PLS TFT
Super PLS TFT
Display resolution
1920 x 1200
1280 x 800
1024 x 768
1280 x 800
1024 x 600
1280 x 800
1920 x 1200
2048 x 1536
1280 x 800
2560 x 1600
OS
Android 4.3 Jelly Bean
Android 4.3 Jelly Bean
iOS 6
Android 4.2
Android 4.1 Jelly Bean
Android 4.1 Jelly Bean
Android 4.1 Jelly Bean
iOS 6
Android 4.1 Jelly Bean
Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean
Skin
NA
NA
NA
Samsung TouchWiz UI
Samsung TouchWiz UI
Samsung TouchWiz UI
Sony custom UI
NA
Samsung TouchWiz UI
NA
Built-in storage
16 / 32GB
32GB
16 / 32 / 64GB
16GB
8GB
16GB
16GB
16 / 32 / 64 / 128GB
16GB
16 / 32GB
Expandable Storage
NA
NA
NA
up to 64GB via a microSD card
up to 32GB via a microSD card
up to 64GB via a microSD card
up to 64GB via a microSD card
NA
up to 32GB via a microSD card
NA
Rear Camera
5MP
NA
5MP
5MP
3MP
5MP
8.1MP
5MP
5MP
5MP
Front Camera
1.2MP
1.2MP
1.2MP
1.3MP
1.3MP
1.3MP
2.2MP
1.2MP
1.9MP
1.9MP
Chipset
Qualcomm Snapdragon S4Pro
Nvidia Tegra 3
Apple A5
Exynos 4212
NA
Exynos 4412
Qualcomm Snapdragon APQ8064
Apple A6X
Exynos 4412
Exynos 5250
CPU clock speed
4-core 1.5 GHz
4-core 1.2 GHz
2-core 1GHz
4-core 1.5 GHz
2-core 1.2 GHz
4-core 1.6GHz
4-core 1.5 GHz
2-core 1.4 GHz
4-core 1.4GHz
2-core 1.7 GHz
RAM
2GB
1GB
512MB
1.5GB
1GB
2GB
2GB
1GB
2GB
2GB
GPU
Adreno 320
ULP GeForce
PowerVR SGX543MP2
Mali-400MP
NA
Mali-400MP
Adreno 320
PowerVR SGX554MP4
Mali-400MP
Mali-T604
Battery
NA
4325 mAh
Li-Po battery (16.3 Wh)
4450 mAh
4000 mAh
4600 mAh
6000 mAh
11560 mAh
7000 mAh
9000 mAh
Price
$229
Rs 18,599 for Wi-Fi only and Rs. 21,999 for the Wi-Fi 3G
Starting at Rs. 21,900
Rs. 21,945 for the Wi-Fi only version and Rs. 25,199 for the Wi-Fi 3G version
Rs. 17,399
Rs. 28,599
Rs. 44,990
Starting at Rs. 28,990
Rs. 35,490
Not available in India


From the above table it is clear that the specifications of the Nexus 7 have been bumped up to an impressive level especially considering what the competition has to offer. With the high-resolution display, you will be able to watch full HD 1080p videos on the device. Not to mention the fact that stock Android 4.3 will have an advantage over the Android 4.2 OS on the other tablets. The lack of expandable storage is a bummer but that has been the Nexus way for quite some time. All that remains to be seen is when the tablet will launch in India and at what price. We would also like to put the tablet through its paces before delivering our final verdict. 

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