Nexus 7 (2012) Vs Nexus 7 (2013) – All you Need to Know w.r.t Specs, Features & Pricing

Nexus 7 (2012) and Nexus 7 (2013) are the two tablets which whole World is currently focusing on when it comes to selecting a 7 incher tablet. So, let’s check out in this comprehensive article which will help you choose between the two. Google has launched the new 2013 edition of Android tablet with the latest Jellybean 4.3 OS. While for obvious reasons, Nexus 7 2013 Edition is the best in terms of specs and features, we will be checking out on whether it’s worth upgrading to Nexus 7 2013 or not.

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Comprehensive Comparison between NEXUS 7 (2012) and Nexus 7 (2013):

Screen:

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Keeping the Screen Sizes same, both the Nexus 7 tablets of 2012 and 2013 comes with the 7 inches of size. While the Nexus 7 (2013) comes with the 1920 x 1200 LCD IPS Panel, the Nexus 7 (2012) comes with the 800 x 1280 Pixel resolution. In terms of Pixels Per Inch (PPI), Nexus 7 (2013) comes with the 323PPI while the 2012 edition comes with 216PPI, which is quite a lot of difference and the quality of the display gets easily better with it.

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Memory:
Nexus 7 (2013) comes with the straight 2GB of RAM which makes multi-tasking and switching between the apps very easily. In terms of internal storage options, this device comes with the two options which are 16 as well as 32 Gigs of storage with no external sd card slot.

Nexus 7 (2012) comes with the 1GB of RAM along with the 8GB and 16GB of Storage options which seems pretty much less when compared with the Nexus 7 (2013) edition.

Camera:
Nexus 7 (2013) comes with the much better 5MP rear cameraalong with the 1.2MP front facing camera with different sensor and better performance clubbed with better image quality.

Nexus 7 (2012) was launched with only one camera at the front and had no rear camera at the back. It had come only with 1.2MP of Camera at the front.

Processor & Graphics:

Processor
Processor and Graphics is an integral part of the device which plays a substantial role. Nexus 7 (2013) comes with the Quad Core Snapdragon S4 Pro CPU which is clocked at 1.5GHz along with the 400MHz of Adreno 320 GPU which outclasses completely the last year.

Nexus 7 (2012) comes with the 1.2GHz of Quad Core NVIDIA Tegra 3 Processor along with the 416MHz of 12 Core NVIDIA GeForce ULP GPU.

WiFi and Cellular Options:
Nexus 7 (2013) comes with the dual-band 802.11 a/b/g/n Wi Fi option along with the 4G LTE Support for AT&T, T-Mobile and Verizon Wireless.

Nexus 7 (2012) comes with the 802.11 b/g/n WiFi option along with the 3G Support on AT&T.

OS:
Nexus 7 (2013) comes with the Jellybean 4.3 Android OS straight out of the box, Nexus 7 (2012) can be upgraded with the Jellybean 4.2.2 Android OS which can be upgraded to the latest Jellybean 4.3.

Battery:
It’s hard to believe, but Nexus 7 (2013) comes with lesser battery when compared to Nexus 7 (2012) edition. While this year’s Nexus 7 comes with the 3950mAH of battery, the last year’s Nexus 7 came with 4325mAH of battery.

Availability & Price:
Nexus 7 (2012) Pricing: $199 (16GB), $249 (32GB) and $299 (32GB + 3G),
Nexus 7 (2013) Pricing: $229 (16GB), $269 (32GB) and $349 (32GB + 4G LTE),

In addition to the USA, other countries will get the tablet including the UK, Germany, Spain, France, Germany, Japan, South Korea, Australia and Canada – other markets will follow in the future.

For a detailed comparison, we have also mentioned the detailed chart of complete specs below;

Specification Nexus 7 (2012) Nexus 7 (2013)
Screen 7 inches with Corning Glass 7 inched LCD IPS Display 7 inches with Corning Glass 7 inched LCD IPS Display
PPI (Pixels Per Inch), Resolution 216, 1280 x 800 323, 1920 x 1200
Processor 1.2GHz Quad Core NVIDIA Tegra 3 1.5GHz Quad Core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro
RAM 1GB 2GB
GPU 416MHz 12 Core NVIDIA GeForce 400MHz Adreno 320
Front Camera 1.2MP 1.2MP
Rear Camera - 5 MP
GPS & NFC Yes Yes
WiFi 802.11 b/g/n Dual Band 802.11 a/ b/g/n
OS Jellybean 4.2.2 (upgradeable to Jellybean 4.3) Jellybean 4.3
Cellular 3G Support with AT&T 4G LTE Support with AT&T, T-Mobile & Verizon Wireless
Bluetooth Bluetooth 4.0 Bluetooth 4.0
Storage 8/16GB 16/32 GB
Dimensions, Weight 198.5 x 120 x 10.45mm, 340 grams 200 x 114 x 8.6mm, 299 grams
Battery 4325Mah 3950mAH
Price $199 (16GB), $249 (32GB) and $299 (32GB + 3G) $229 (16GB), $269 (32GB) and $349 (32GB + 4G LTE)

Do let us know your thoughts on this comparison of Nexus 7 tablets of 2012 and 2013 edition.

  • sakis

    Nexus 7 2012 COMES in 32gb version.

  • Paul Murphy

    The 2013 version comes with HDMI Output according to your screenshot in the article, will this become availbale on the 2012 model with the upgrade to 4.3 software?

  • anil

    Hi

    as per my knowledge nexus 2012 does not have rear camera , correct me if am wrong as I am using nexus 7 32 gb wifi and 3g Model

    Thanks

    • Pradeep Neela

      NEXUS 7 2012 doesn’t have the rear camera

  • Jim

    I have a 32 GB 2012 Nexus 7.

    Disappointing they reduced battery size. Seems like doing this asking with increasing resolution and processor speed don’t bode well for battery life.