Google Unveils 2nd-Gen Nexus 7: 1.5GHz SoC, 5MP Rear Camera, Android 4.3

Posted on July 24, 2013 4:05 PM by Rob Williams

Google had a lot to talk about at its “Breakfast with Sundar Pichai” press event earlier today, but most of the attention leaned towards the company’s long-awaited Nexus 7 follow-up. Produced by ASUS, as the original was, the second-gen Nexus 7 features a similar form-factor (though a tad thicker) but boasts a number of key improvements. Given both the price-point and the fact that the original Nexus 7 isn’t “old”, we’re dealing with some impressive specs here.

With its 1920×1200 resolution, Google has more than doubled (2.25x) the number of pixels versus the first-gen Nexus 7, resulting in a pixels-per-inch rating of 323. Performance-wise, the SoC has also seen an upgrade to Qualcomm’s Snapdragon S4 Pro, clocked at 1.5GHz. Had NVIDIA’s Tegra 4 been ready a bit earlier, I can’t help but wonder if that’s what we would have been seeing here.

ASUS Google Nexus 7 Generation 2

Unlike the original Nexus 7, Google has foregone an 8GB model here (for good reason, I’d reckon), but like the original, there is no room for expandable storage (not counting cloud, of course). Bluetooth has seen an upgrade to the latest standard, while wireless remains the same (no 802.11ac, but that’s more of a luxury at this point), and like before, GPS and NFC can be found here. A cellular model is also available for those who want to pony up the extra cash for it.

 Nexus 7 (G1)Nexus 7 (G2)
ProcessorNVIDIA Tegra 3 T30L
1.2GHz Quad-Core
NVIDIA GeForce Graphics
Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro
1.5GHz Quad-Core
Adreno 320 Graphics
Display7″ IPS LCD @ 1280×8007″ IPS LCD @ 1920×1200
Storage8~32GB (No microSD)16~32GB (No microSD)
Camera1.2MP Front5.0MP Rear, 1.2MP Front
Connectivity802.11 a/b/g/n
Bluetooth 3.0
Micro USB 2.0
802.11 a/b/g/n
Bluetooth 4.0
Micro USB 2.0
Et ceteraAndroid 4.2.2
4,325 mAh Battery
Android 4.3
3,950 mAh Battery
Size198.5mm x 120.0mm x 10.56mm200.6mm x 114.3mm x 7.6mm
1 Special cellular model only.
2 (HxWxD)

Two of the most noteworthy upgrades (to me) is the bump to 2GB of RAM, and the addition of a rear camera. At times, I feel like my original Nexus 7 could benefit from extra RAM, and likewise, the front 1.2MP camera is about as useless as one can get (proven by the fact that a camera app wasn’t even included).

Of course, we can’t look over the fact that Android 4.3 will be bundled in here as well. Whether or not the original Nexus 7 will be treated to that upgrade, we’re uncertain, but it does seem unlikely.

Currently, some etailers are offering pre-orders of the new Nexus 7, with prices a little above what the original launch saw; $229.99 for the 16GB, and $279.99 for the 32GB. All-in-all though, not bad pricing given the great specs.

  • ET3D
    • Rob Williams

      Thanks for the tip, that might deserve an other news post. It’s too bad that 4.3 doesn’t exactly unload a truck of new features though.

  • Jamie Fletcher

    Anyway, I’ve been pondering whether to get a tablet or not, but held off due to a new Nexus being released, and here it is. Cash is reserved, now all I need to do is wait for the official release. While I will mainly use it as an eReader, having access to the full Internet will likely open up a multitude of possibilities too. Mobile gaming hasn’t interested me though, so the lack of Tegra 4 won’t be such a deal breaker. I don’t know if 7 inches will be enough, or to hold off for the updated Nexus 10…

    Uhh, so soon after the Steam sale too. My wallet has been on a self-inflicted see-tech diet.

    • Rob Williams

      I have major doubts you’re going to regret the decision to get a tablet. Even when I got my first, I had no intentions of really using it a lot. I had it mostly to test things out with. But, I was quickly drawn in, and I use it daily, for many different things.

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