Nexus 7 (2012) Vs. Nexus 7 (2013): Specs, Features, Price

The latest Nexus 7 (2013) is already out in the market today which should make an excellent choice for people looking for a 7 inch tablet. We all know that the latest device is usually the superior product which is why we are comparing it with the Nexus 7 (2012) to see how it stacks up. Owners of the older Nexus device wanting to upgrade should read our comparison to see if it is worth it.


If you are particular on pricing then you should know that the Nexus 7 (2012) is cheaper than the Nexus 7 (2013).

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


Google has made the screen size of both devices the same at 7 inches. The difference however lies in the resolution. The 2012 model has an 800 x 1280 resolution with a 107 PPI of while the 2013 has a resolution of 1920 x 1200 with a 323 PPI. The latest model definitely has a better display which makes viewing photos or playing games a great experience.

Processor, Graphics

Because it is the newer device, the Nexus 7 (2013) uses a better processor. It sports a 1.5 GHz Quad Core Snapdragon S4 Pro. It also uses an Adreno 320 GPU with a clock speed of 400 MHz. Its predecessor uses a 1.2 GHz Quad Core NVIDIA Tegra 3 processor and an NVIDIA GeForce ULP GPU clocked at 416 MHz.


Google has upgraded the memory of the latest Nexus device compared to the older model. The newest model has 2 GB of RAM which allows it to multi-task and switch between different open apps more smoothly. It also comes with two internal storage options to choose from, 16 GB and 32 GB. There’s no microSD slot available to increase this further.

The old model has 1 GB of RAM and comes with an internal storage option of 5 GB and 16 GB.


The latest Nexus device comes with better camera options. It has a 5 MP rear camera and a 1.2 MP front camera. The older Nexus device only has a 1.2 MP front camera.

Connectivity Options

  • Nexus 7 (2013) :  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):  802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi option along with the 3G Support on AT&T


This is where the older Nexus device has an advantage over the newer one. The new Nexus tablet uses a 3950mAH battery while the old model uses a 4325mAH battery.

Final thoughts

If you are looking for a 7 inch tablet then consider getting the newest Nexus 7 device as it comes with better specs compared to the older model while only adding $30 to the price tag. If you already own the Nexus 7 (2012) then the improved specs of the latest model is definitely worth considering if you want to upgrade your device.

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