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Video: New Nexus 7 vs. Old Nexus 7

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Been hoping to see a full comparison of the old Nexus 7 versus the new Nexus 7? Well, look no further! Kellen was pretty smart and brought along his old Nexus 7 down to San Francisco to Google’s press event, so below is a video showing off some of the major differences between both devices.

To kick it off, let’s start with the obvious. The old Nexus 7 features a 7″ HD 720p display, last year’s Tegra 3 quad-core processor, 1GB of RAM and has no back-facing camera. The new and improved Nexus tablet sports a Full HD 1080p display, a quad-core Snapdragon S4 Pro processor clocked at 1.5GHz, 2GB of RAM, a 5MP rear-facing camera and has dual back-facing stereo speakers. It’s not the largest jump in specs we have ever seen, but it does bring new life to the device and should make a lot of buyers very happy.

Check out the full video and image gallery down below. 




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  • laiwang883


  • TechGuy22

    i have mine posted on ebay. i want the new one not sure why though lol

  • Collin

    I’m between a 16 gb and 32 gb. Any idea how much actual space was available after system files, etc. on each?

  • Alex Goings

    Not sure if I should upgrade to this. Just not sure about the 7″ thing. I currently have the asus transformer prime TF201 which is 10.1″ i believe. Anyone have any thoughts on the change in screen size?

  • David W. Skyview

    1920×1200 ain’t HD1080p. It’s WUXGA, which actually is a higher res. 1080p is 1920×1080, “1080”-hence 1080p. Not sure why Google mislabeled it…

    • Steve Benson

      It’s because of the on-screen nav buttons.

  • Guy Pierce

    Tim-o-tato – Could you please demo the audio differences?

  • azndan4

    Unlike Motorola, Asus knows how to release a refresh by actually improving the processing power and aesthetics of its new devices.

  • joejoe5709

    Dang it Google… I was really really hoping I wouldn’t have to upgrade. You basically addressed just about every complaint I had. So now I have to buy this.

    Kellen/Tim – agreed. The headphone jack placement is a bit annoying. But… whatayado?

  • Sirx

    What was the point of putting dual stereo speakers on this thing and then having both of them face the back?! Irrational, nonsensical design choices irks the living crap out of me.

    • joejoe5709

      Hopefully they’re at least louder/better quality.

    • NexusMan

      I’m sure the new virtual surround sound feature addresses that.

  • Ryan

    Looks like the rounded corner radius has also been reduced.

    I really like the back feeling of the nexus 7 v1. Wish they didn’t get rid of that. I won’t be upgrading, but looks nice.

  • JRomeo

    Does anyone know if the new Nexus7 supports Miracast wireless display?

  • David

    My heart is telling me no… But my body, my body is telling me yes…

  • Josh Rabinowitz


  • Mark Sanders

    Does anyone know if you can use the sim card from your phone on the LTE version?

    • steveliv

      Yes, if it is the same size. You can swap from phone to tablet and use the phones data plan.

  • FknTwizted

    does anybody have an idea when they are going to be on sale so i can stop throwing my money at the computer screen…

    • kixofmyg0t

      July 30th.

      • FknTwizted

        thought there was pre-orders some where… is there in store and / or online?

        • Boss

          bestbuy got the preorder

          • FknTwizted

            cant find a link on their site? You may have one?

  • Jalop

    Seems like a solid upgrade. I do wish they would’ve left out the rear camera, and put the money towards that into making the tablet slightly more powerful, or an even better front facing camera. I’ll probably end up buying this as my first ever tablet.

    • Jalop

      I also kind of wish they would’ve added some actual buttons instead of the software buttons, but that’s just a minor thing.

      • joejoe5709

        The rear camera was definitely one of the “complaints” most people had. It’s nice for video chatting at the least. The software buttons -like them or not- are a Nexus/stock Android thing so good luck with that. Personally I intend on putting PIE controls on this bad boy.

    • NexusMan

      I never felt the need for a rear camera on my Nexus 7 UNTIL Google invented photosphere.

  • Ryan Powell

    I’m baffled that the wallpaper used in all of the promo images as well as on the box is not the default wallpaper. Is that wallpaper even an option in the wallpaper selection?

    • thebigmann

      Well … it’s ugly. Maybe that’s why.

  • Steve Benson

    Every early review I’ve read says the new display puts the old nexus 7 to shame. I can’t wait to get this.

    • Harry Ballsachs

      Pretty much any display puts the original n7 to shame, but the refresh is very nice.

  • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

    Don’t mean to hijack but Chromecast is LIVE ON AMAZON!

      • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

        Woo! Found it on the phone app and pulled the trigger immediately!

        • RAZR_FANN

          Same here man. So worth it for the fact that it’s free super saver shipping AND not backordered to like August AND no tax!

    • Nick

      And if anyone is curious, the three months of Netflix applies to purchases through Amazon too.


      • Guest

        What about purchases through best buys ?

        • Justin W


    • Ryan Powell

      Awesome! You just saved for $5 on shipping and I’ll get it by Friday thanks to my Amazon Prime. Won’t let me cancel my Play Store order online so I had to call in to cancel.

      • ReturnOfTheMack

        Yeah I’m trying to cancel mine, on hold right now. I had something to return on Amazon so I only spent $15 after the difference and it’ll be here by Friday. 🙂

        • Ryan Powell

          Heads up… They told me the cancel order option is only available in the first hour of purchase.

          • ReturnOfTheMack

            Interesting, I would think you would be able to cancel an order as long as it is still pending. Were you able to cancel over the phone and were you withing an hour of purchasing at the time?

          • Ryan Powell

            Nope – See my update above. Their solution was to refuse the package when it arrives and once they get it back my card would be refunded. Sounds like a hassle so I’m going to keep both since I have two TVs I’d love to have it on.

          • TMKvamme

            I placed my order on google play at 1:57 then saw it in stock at amazon and ordered. I just canceled my google play order at 3:48 with no problems.

          • Ryan Powell

            Were you able to use the Cancel order button or did you cancel over the phone? I placed my order during the press event. Can’t recall the exact time.

          • George264

            I ordered ~2 hours ago, and I just canceled, no problem.

          • ReturnOfTheMack

            I placed my order when you did, got the same email as well after calling.

          • TMKvamme

            I used the cancel button.

      • steveliv

        I was able to call Google Play Support and get my order cancelled. You just have to wait about 10 minutes on hold.

    • Tony Byatt

      Thanks for the tip, Just pulled the trigger…

    • Mitch Joa

      Pulled the trigger without even thinking about it…Amazon one click buy is going to be the death of me…

      • Jordan

        It’s too easy to spend money now. Use to you had to drive to the store, walk around, wait in line, & pay.. & then internet came along but you still had to login & finagle with credit cards. Now you push a button. One flipin’ button.

    • KChristainsen

      thanks man, just ordered mine with 2 day shipping!

    • KG

      Shut up Amazon and take my $35… One click and done!

    • jose

      Woot! Just ordered. I’m overseas right now and Google Play wasn’t letting me order since I was out of the US and my stupid VPN wouldn’t work. Amazon to the rescue!

  • BrianBrick

    i notice the pogo pins are gone. does this mean wireless charging or am i going back to a stupid cord hanging out of my tablet when i charge now?

    • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

      Wireless charging is confirmed.

    • matt

      it does have Qi built in I believe, but honestly it sucks that they got rid of pogo pins, that is such a great feature!

      • sirmeili

        I agree, what is worse is I won’t be able to utilize the dock I bought from them. I love that it can sit on my bed side table and look like a clock/weather station.

        As much as I want to upgrade, I think I’ll wait until (and if) someone creates a similar dock that uses the wireless charging, but keeps the table almost vertical (with a slight lean back).

        • matt

          If you are handy you could do that very easy either by using your current dock as a mold and fiberglass it or carve it out of wood, but i realize not everyone is quite so handy or had the time to teach themselves. It’s super fun tho and I would really suggest giving it a go! Just build the base then you would need to mount a small back onto it and then glue/mount a Qi charger onto the backside. A silly work around for what would have been most likely less than $1USD for the pogo pin connector

  • richkoos

    Also dual speakers?

    • Steve Benson


    • sirmeili

      Too bad their on the backside. It makes no sense as I am never looking at the back of my tablet.

      • Nick Gomez

        They are on a 45 degree angle so they won’t get blocked if sat down. They don’t get in the way when grabbing the tablet either, so its actually a pretty good design

  • Jeremy Alajajian


    • Steve Benson


  • Mallahet

    Aww, they’re spooning!

  • Dfigs23

    My heart is telling me to upgrade, my brain is telling me that I shouldn’t becuase I don’t have a single problem with my N7…the struggle.

    • ReturnOfTheMack

      This. ^

      I think I’m going to just buy that bluetooth speaker I’ve been wanting and wait until the holidays start creeping up to pick up the new N7. My original is definitely doing the job right now.

    • Jeff

      I completely agree.

    • matt

      I’m sure you could sell the old N7, you won’t get what you paid for it, but still then you could have the best of both worlds!

    • Tay

      Luckily my screen broke so I have an excuse 🙂

      • pastaguy

        Guess it’s time to let my baby “stress test” my current N7. I need an excuse!

        • Tay

          Haha. It’s not much money man. If you feel you need it, go for it. I don’t have a laptop, so I have to get this bad boy ASAP.

          • michael arazan

            I’ve been saving up for a device but I’m looking for a good phone to replace my GNex, if the Motox is only $300, and N7 32 wifi is around $230, that would be great, 2 devices for the price of one flagship phone.

        • cheezer88

          i’m handing the old N7 down to my 4 yr old and letting him have at it.

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            What was the point of putting
            dual stereo speakers on this thing and then having both of them face the
            back?! Irrational, nonsensical design choices irks the living crap out
            of me.

      • Jordan

        weird way to define as lucky

    • thebigmann

      My original N7 is an I/O edition with the white back, and now it’s stained like crazy from the felt of my case. So hard to pull the trigger on the new one based on a cosmetic issue!

      • What, you want to preserve your Google I/O Edition for posterity? Excellent! Get a new Nexus 7.

    • MikeSaver