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New Nexus 7 gets benchmarks and full specs before announcement

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New Nexus 7 gets benchmarks and full specs before announcement
We just sifted through a big stack of screenshots that detailed the new Moto X software features, so why not switch gears a bit and take a look a benchmarks and hardware specs for the new Nexus 7. The new Nexus 7 will be announced in just under 11 hours by Google's Android/Chrome chief Sundar Pichai.

We've already had a pretty accurate idea of the specs expected in the Nexus 7, based on a number of other leaks. And, we got a rundown of the Moto X specs using a few of the same benchmark tests recently. According to the newly run tests, the new Nexus 7 will feature a quad-core 1.5GHz Snapdragon S4 Pro, 2GB of RAM, and a 7" 1920x1200 screen (reported as 1200x1824 in benchmarks because of the on-screen nav bar). So, with the same processor and RAM, the Nexus 7 is essentially a larger version of the Nexus 4.

On the benchmark side of things the Nexus 7 falls where you would expect, given the rumored boost that Android 4.3 gives to scores. AnTuTu has the Nexus 7 scoring just a bit higher than the Nexus 4 with a score just under 20,000. On Quadrant, the Nexus 7 also follows the Nexus 4 with an oddly low score of about 5,500 (the Nexus 4 mustered just 4,200), of course this just serves to prove that benchmarks don't foretell real world performance. 

The really big boost will be with the GPU. Whereas the old Nexus 7 scored a lowly 1,877 on the 3DMark Ice Storm Extreme test, this year's Nexus 7 scored an impressive 7,188 at around 30fps. 

That rounds out to be an impressive hardware bump. Factor in the new rear camera and wireless charging, and you're getting a solid deal. 


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posted on 23 Jul 2013, 23:31 11

1. JojoGo101 (Posts: 211; Member since: 17 Dec 2012)


That's smart, Google realized that the GPU is more important, but I still think they should have put an S600. Whatever, i'm still buying.

posted on 23 Jul 2013, 23:39 11

2. Birds (Posts: 1028; Member since: 21 Nov 2011)


Then the tablet would have been 300$ for the base version....

posted on 23 Jul 2013, 23:56 14

3. g2a5b0e (Posts: 2712; Member since: 08 Jun 2012)


Completely right. People want top of the line specs for bargain basement prices. That's just unrealistic. You want a tablet with one of the latest processors? Pony up the cash.

posted on 24 Jul 2013, 00:36

4. neutralguy (Posts: 1152; Member since: 30 Apr 2012)


Actually you could do that. But the one that will suffer would be the quality of the product.

posted on 24 Jul 2013, 10:56

30. JojoGo101 (Posts: 211; Member since: 17 Dec 2012)


By the way, I don't want a cheap tablet, I just want a 7' Android tablet, I'd pay whatever it is.

posted on 27 Jul 2013, 09:04

31. Berzerk000 (Posts: 4108; Member since: 26 Jun 2011)


http://www.anandtech.com/show/7176/nexus-7-2013-mini-review/4

Apparently, the S4 Pro in the new Nexus 7 has Krait 300 cores and DDR3 RAM instead of Krait 200 and DDR2 RAM in the more traditional S4 Pro like in the Nexus 4, essentially making it a Snapdragon 600 -200 MHz to the CPU. Qualcomm names their SoC kind of awkwardly.

posted on 28 Jul 2013, 02:57

32. g2a5b0e (Posts: 2712; Member since: 08 Jun 2012)


That's pretty cool.

posted on 24 Jul 2013, 04:40 1

23. _Bone_ (Posts: 2140; Member since: 29 Oct 2012)


Not really, the SD600 SoC costs about $20, the S4 Pro is probably about $15 so that's... $5 extra.

It's more like Qualcomm has his hands full supplying the big boys with the SD600 and has warehouses full of unsold S4 Pro, plus Google is experienced with that (Nexus 4), so that choice was made.

posted on 24 Jul 2013, 08:51

27. g2a5b0e (Posts: 2712; Member since: 08 Jun 2012)


Google ISN'T one of the big boys? Gimme a break, man. I'm sure they have more pull than most. If they wanted the Snap 600 in this device, it would be in there.

posted on 24 Jul 2013, 10:27

28. _Bone_ (Posts: 2140; Member since: 29 Oct 2012)


Google is a very small fish on the hardware side. Those selling tens of millions of units are Qualcomm's priority, cause they order ten times as much, in advance for each component while Google does monthly orders based on the Nexus demand at any given time.

Selling Nexus devices isn't even Google's priority as you rarely if ever see them advertised, and Google's not making profit off it. The reason for the Nexus devices is to show off how "in a better world", fast Android gadgets are available cheap, and they are available in selected Play Stores right now.

posted on 24 Jul 2013, 10:52

29. JojoGo101 (Posts: 211; Member since: 17 Dec 2012)


It wouldn't be that high, but I still would have bought it. Better than the iPad Mini by far, and don't talk about optimization, they're fixing that.

posted on 24 Jul 2013, 05:17 3

26. yowanvista (Posts: 318; Member since: 20 Sep 2011)


S600 and S4 Pro are basically the same chip. The S600 is just an improved version, they fixed some issues at the silicon level but the rest remains unchanged.

posted on 24 Jul 2013, 00:47 2

5. MorePhonesThanNeeded (Posts: 645; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)


They'll save that beefier processor for the 10" Nexus, where they can afford to toss in higher level components. What's the amount of memory in this thing, it better start off with 32GB of space. I want to snag me a tablet for the girlfriend to use for everyday off tv viewing and netflix and I want the Nexus 7 because of upgradeability of the OS.

posted on 24 Jul 2013, 01:21

10. puckhead (Posts: 77; Member since: 13 Jan 2013)


229 for the 16gb and 269 for the 32gb, but with the cloud you dont really need much more than 16gb imo but everyone is different

posted on 24 Jul 2013, 00:52 4

6. threeline (Posts: 259; Member since: 11 Sep 2011)


Where is the updated Nexus 10? I have a Galaxy S4 that essentially more powerful than the Nexus 7. I don't want a tablet slightly bigger than my phone. I like the Nexus line but because my GS4 is 5" it makes no sense for me to get a 7" tablet. I'm very interested in the Nexus 10 but it's pricey, hopefully the new Nexus 10 drops the price of the old one.

posted on 24 Jul 2013, 01:16 1

8. puckhead (Posts: 77; Member since: 13 Jan 2013)


actually you'd be surprised how much better it is to watch video on the Nexus7 than a smart phone. I have it and the added 2 inches makes it a lot better. I def enjoy video on the Nexus7 way more....but hey if you want the Nexus 10 instead I dont blame you, especially since its only $399. I would like one but its kind of pointless since I already have MBP.

posted on 24 Jul 2013, 02:10

13. rd_nest (Posts: 824; Member since: 06 Jun 2010)


This is because of the surface area. Going from 5-inch to 7-inch device, the surface area is increased by about 100% (doubles). This is assuming same aspect ratio. So you can understand why the videos or webpages look better.

posted on 24 Jul 2013, 02:28

14. Taters (Posts: 3598; Member since: 28 Jan 2013)


Actually, the difference between a mac book pro and a 10 inch tablet is substantially larger than the difference between a 5 inch phone and 7 inch tablet in my opinion.

You won't touch your laptop for anything except work once you get a 10 inch tablet with super high resolution. With the 5 inch phone, you use that way more than you would a inch tablet.

I'll probably get this Nexus 7 but I'll only use it for reading ebooks and when my nexus 10 battery is dead. I would use the laptop dead last, no matter how thin it is, it is still awkward as hell to use now.

posted on 24 Jul 2013, 04:45

24. _Bone_ (Posts: 2140; Member since: 29 Oct 2012)


If you don't like it, you don't buy it, it's as simple as that.

posted on 24 Jul 2013, 01:10

7. khaledmhawesh (Posts: 38; Member since: 14 Mar 2013)


No device (available) impressed me on any benchmark after I bought the s4 with octacore which got an impressive 13000 on quadrant vs 5500 hahaha thats funny

posted on 24 Jul 2013, 01:19 4

9. puckhead (Posts: 77; Member since: 13 Jan 2013)


yeah well you can almost buy 3 nexus7s for the price of one S4. right?

posted on 24 Jul 2013, 02:43

15. yahoo29 (Posts: 71; Member since: 15 Sep 2012)


Haha, You made my day, I think some people don't really understand in compairing devices a 229$ and you will Compare it into 650$ you are joking me.

posted on 24 Jul 2013, 01:23

11. puckhead (Posts: 77; Member since: 13 Jan 2013)


wow seems great, and wireless charging too, wtf do I do with my old nexus7? thats my problem right there.

posted on 24 Jul 2013, 04:26 1

21. PapaSmurf (Posts: 8922; Member since: 14 May 2012)


Craigslist.

posted on 24 Jul 2013, 01:37

12. Commentator (Posts: 2494; Member since: 16 Aug 2011)


The specs page for the Nexus 7 II lists it as having 4 GB of RAM.

posted on 24 Jul 2013, 03:48

20. kalloud (Posts: 120; Member since: 21 Jun 2012)


It's 2GB now

posted on 24 Jul 2013, 02:54

16. khaledmhawesh (Posts: 38; Member since: 14 Mar 2013)


I will not hold tge 3 nex7ses all when Im playing need for speed mostwanted or asphalt

posted on 24 Jul 2013, 04:26 2

22. PapaSmurf (Posts: 8922; Member since: 14 May 2012)


My eyes hurt from your typos. :(

posted on 24 Jul 2013, 02:56

17. Klamba92 (Posts: 206; Member since: 25 Jun 2012)


The nexus 10 is not that expensive if you compare to iPad you can buy the 32gb model and it will still be cheaper than the 16gb iPad at least here in the UK!

posted on 24 Jul 2013, 03:05

18. MrPhilo (Posts: 48; Member since: 25 Feb 2013)


Asus can piss off they put another poor memory in. The i/o is similar to the old Nexus 7. Antutu SD for reference. FML.

posted on 24 Jul 2013, 03:14

19. thelegend6657 (unregistered)


Samsung Ativ S/iPhone 5 + new Nexus 7 . Perfect phone tablet combo for me

posted on 24 Jul 2013, 04:50

25. bugsbunny00 (Posts: 1256; Member since: 07 Jun 2013)


waiting for kindle fire III

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