Analyst spells out the new Nexus 7 tablet specs: WUXGA display, quad-core Snapdragon, same sub-$200 tag

Waiting for Google's I/O conference next week? So are we, as the company might do a trick, pulling out an updated Nexus tablet out of the proverbial hat. 

KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo issued a note to clients the expected specs, which mostly jibe with what we've heard so far, at least regarding the higher-res screen.

A decent quad-core Snapdragon S4 Pro is to be running the show, and since high-res screens are apparently going to be all the rage with smaller tablets this year, judging from the rumors about the iPad mini 2, the new Nexus 7 is going to sport one, and with WUXGA pixel count at that. 

As for the all-important price question, the next Google-Asus slate is expected to retain its enticing threshold below the $200 mark, which is certainly one of the main points for its appeal. The analyst believes that Google might be actually subsidizing the Asus production to the tune of $5 to $10 a pop at this price point, but since this strategy for invading the tablet market with Android slates clearly worked last year, this seems to be a small price to pay.

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Nexus 7
  • Display 7.0" 1280 x 800 pixels
  • Camera / 1.2 MP front
  • Processor NVIDIA Tegra 3 T30L, Quad-core, 1300 MHz
  • Storage 8 GB
  • Battery 4325 mAh



1. Nikolas.Oliver

Posts: 1574; Member since: Jul 01, 2012

Doesn't matter it will probably cost more outside non-google play countries

10. boosook

Posts: 1442; Member since: Nov 19, 2012

Unfortunately that's true, anyway Asus (contrary to what LG did with the nexus 4) maintained a favorable price/performance ratio even where the nexus 7 was not subsidized by Google. Here in Italy the nexus 7 starts from eur 199 and though the price can't be compared with the US price, it is still one of the best tablets around for that price, if not the best. That's why I'm happy that the next nex7 will be made by asus again (but I also hope that google will open the devices store soon, unless they want to give up entire markets to microsoft)m

16. anywherehome

Posts: 971; Member since: Dec 13, 2011

yes, but the most important is to teach people spend money for the online services (+ ads) so subsidized great tablets are just for more developed countries....understandable = go after effectivity despite my country suffers from this attitude :) but this solution is great for world's progress = throw out overpriced incapable Microsoft + Apple = don't pay for OS = pay just for services = and the future bright :)

18. Nikolas.Oliver

Posts: 1574; Member since: Jul 01, 2012

Google doesn't subsidize nexus devices...please guys it is just a lame excuse used by LG to justifty their pricing

26. tusshharish

Posts: 342; Member since: Oct 23, 2012

so according to above version of android is 4.3......

35. sharks

Posts: 236; Member since: Feb 16, 2013

True. But for whatever price it may be, you'll get yourself VERY decent hardware, with a classy 323 PPI at a price that beats any other tablets of that size (including the iPad mini and upcoming iPad mini 2) outside non-Google store countries.

2. KingKurogiii

Posts: 5713; Member since: Oct 23, 2011

i'll probably get one if there's nothing new regarding a 10.1" tablet whether it's a price drop of the N10, a new variant of the N10 or a new 10.1" tablet altogether. i'd love a Nexus 8 though. o:

43. AFnerdTP unregistered

i second this. love the tab 7.7.. waiting for an upgrade of similar size.. you may have my thumbs up.

3. Berzerk000

Posts: 4275; Member since: Jun 26, 2011

Sounds like a nice upgrade to the Nexus 7, but I'm still waiting on a 8" or 9" Nexus tablet with similar specs, maybe with a Snapdragon 600 instead. Hoping to see an upgrade of equal proportions on the new Nexus 10.

9. Pedro0x

Posts: 271; Member since: Oct 19, 2012

APQ8064 is a great processor, it is for example in nexus 4. Snapdragon 600 is a mild upgrade from APQ8064, it has same graphics (adreno 320), it only uses new Krait 300 cores which is a very small upgrade, I believe it has more memory bandwidth. Snapdragon 600 costs 30 bucks which is way too much for a 200 buck tablet. So that is why I wouldn´t use Snapdragon 600 or even a better processor like Tegra 4.

24. Berzerk000

Posts: 4275; Member since: Jun 26, 2011

I know the S4 Pro is very capable in the Nexus 7, but I was saying to use the Snapdragon 600 in an 8" or 9" tablet. The Snapdragon 600 is a pretty moderate step up from the APQ8064 in both CPU and GPU power, as you can see here; The S600 (whether in the GS4 or the One) outperforms the APQ8064 in all tests, most of which by a fair margin. The APQ8064 is perfect for a low cost tablet like the Nexus 7, but the Snapdragon 600 would be better suited for a 8" or 9" tablet that would cost a little more, which is what I was saying.

30. Pedro0x

Posts: 271; Member since: Oct 19, 2012

SGS4 has a modified S600, but if you look at HTC ONE vs Nexus 4. Then it is almost the same in GPU performance, actually Nexus 4 has more performance than ONE or SGS4 because it has 720p display. Benchmarks are easily optimized and that is why ONE or SGS4 has ´´more´´ performance, look at xda or anandtech. S600 has is a very mild upgrade to apq8064 (nexus4). Krait 400 cores are an upgrade but not 300. The S600 is looking way better in benchmarks than apq8064 so that it seems like a great upgrade.

31. Berzerk000

Posts: 4275; Member since: Jun 26, 2011

Even when comparing the HTC One to the Nexus 4, it still is a moderate upgrade in CPU power. That's due to the 200 MHz bump and also slight architecture differences that give Krait 300 an advantage of about 20-30% overall. With GPU power, they are about the same, but the One still takes the lead by a small margin overall; which is even more impressive considering how much higher the resolution on the One is. I've looked at XDA and Anandtech, I actually put links to Anandtech in my previous post, and the Snapdragon 600, whether the modified version in the GS4 or the stock version in the One, is a moderate upgrade in CPU and GPU performance to the APQ8064.

34. Pedro0x

Posts: 271; Member since: Oct 19, 2012

Yes Qualcomm is really owning this year, faster processor (S600 vs apq8064) and less energy. This idea of making a hybrid between A9 and A15 is ingenious, I have no idea why no one else is doing this. I hope that in 2014 Qualcomm will make a hybrid between A15 and A57, nothing will stand in its way :). About GPU : entirely theoretical Nexus 4 should have more performance because ONE has 115% more pixels and exactly the same GPU (overclocked a bit) so it is impossible for ONE to have a lead there. Just look on 3D Mark benchmark for smartphones, Nexus 4 leads there with like 70-80%.

36. Berzerk000

Posts: 4275; Member since: Jun 26, 2011

Well, Apple is kind of doing it with their Swift architecture; considering the A6 chip in the iPhone 5 is dual core clocked at 1.3 GHz, it scores fairly well in CPU benchmarks. Though I doubt they match the low power consumption that Qualcomm's chips have, it's definitely better than A15.

12. boosook

Posts: 1442; Member since: Nov 19, 2012

I don't think you'll ever see it.... Google focused on 7'' and 10'' and there's no room in between. Either you choose 7'' or 8''. That said, and being a nexus 7 owner, I think that 7'' is a great size.

25. Berzerk000

Posts: 4275; Member since: Jun 26, 2011

A man can dream, can't he?

4. Scarambay unregistered

Google might seriously want to consider opening a Play Store in India given the huge number of potential customers for Nexus Phones and Tablets.

8. cezarepc

Posts: 718; Member since: Nov 23, 2012

No offense but India is not a consumer country yet (in the webspace sense). Yes a lot of people in India will definitely buy Nexus devices but what will Google get out of them? Google gets revenue from people with purchasing power (I'm not being racist), I'm referring to people who click on ads and eventually purchases something or registers/subscribes to a paid service, and majority of these kinds of people are from first world countries that's why the Play Store (for devices) are available only in these countries. Sad news is most South-East Asian nations also aren't getting any Google-love.

17. FlushGordon unregistered

Indians are notorious penny - pinchers...they won't spend a dime on apps (where google thrives) trust me,....I've had so many Indian co workers and they all rely on pirate Apk sites as their main source of paid (cough) apps I have given my Indian friend an excellent $400 deal to sell my Note 2 to him and all he said was "Lower it even further, it's still pricey"

39. tech2

Posts: 3487; Member since: Oct 26, 2012

1. You are selling a used device. The warranty of which will end shortly. 2. The device is 6 months old and the successor (sort of, difference of only 0.5 inch) GS4 is available on market. 3. Price on amazon for unlocked version is $550 4. You aren't going through any commercial channels to sell him i.e. websites or vendors. Otherwise you'd have to pay 2-5% of your sale value to the website. 5. I don't know what country you are from but in UK a vendor was selling it for £230 (used). All that for only $150 cheaper ? You see the thing is indians are not stupid. We value money and so we like to think rationally before spending. Lastly, even though you may be correct in your own way but calling an entire race penny pinchers because of an individual is a sign of bigoted and racist personality. FYI, that was his polite way of refusing the offer as you are his so called 'friend' !

19. indianapple89

Posts: 47; Member since: Feb 28, 2013

I'm from India, and Google already offers 16 and 32 GB WiFi-only versions of Nexus 7 via its Play Store here.

23. cezarepc

Posts: 718; Member since: Nov 23, 2012

Yep: But the price is not subsidized. In this case Google will earn from the hardware sale.

28. indianapple89

Posts: 47; Member since: Feb 28, 2013

Maybe compared to the US version, the price is on the high side. But its still less than what Asus was selling them for earlier directly. Also taxes are on the higher side. Still for about Rs. 16k (~ $290) its still cheap here for the specs compared to the competition. Not to mention, regular updates from Google and the stock experience.

29. cezarepc

Posts: 718; Member since: Nov 23, 2012

True. The regular updates and the vanilla experience is more than enough to justify the Nexus 7 price. I was wondering, since you're from India, are there any 7" Micromax tabs? Their A116 Canvas HD is selling like crazy and is being rebranded everywhere. Good value for money device.

5. Reverence

Posts: 224; Member since: Jul 16, 2012

S4 pro?? I want a minimum of s600 or tegra 4

15. IliyaBeshkov

Posts: 261; Member since: Jul 09, 2012

Give me a break... S4 Pro is still a solid performer with Adreno 320!! You want a S600, S800, T4 tablet... make your own tablet and stop complaining...

27. Berzerk000

Posts: 4275; Member since: Jun 26, 2011

Considering it will cost about $200, a 7" full HD tablet with the S4 Pro is a VERY good deal.

6. darac

Posts: 2156; Member since: Oct 17, 2011

How can it have those specs for that price? Sounds a bit too optimistic, this

13. FlushGordon unregistered

They will sell it at a loss/break even scheme hoping to recoup their losses through app purchases from the Play Store

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