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Tablets break the 320ppi barrier: new vs old Google Nexus 7 specs and size review

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Tablets break the 320ppi barrier: new vs old Google Nexus 7 specs and size review
The new Nexus 7 tablet by Google is already outed, and with its 1920x1200 pixels of resolution it sports the highest pixel density ever on a tablet. The 323ppi count is just north of the 320ppi mark Apple called Retina Display upon the iPhone 4 introduction, as with that density a person with perfect vision wouldn't be able to tell the individual pixels from the typical distance you look at a smartphone.

Naturally, tablets are looked at from a tad larger distance, blurring the pixels even further, so a record is a record, and the Asus-made Nexus 7 is the first tablet with that high of a pixel density, ensuring crispy clean text and image details without any jaggies. For comparison, the previous record holder, Nexus 10, sports a 300ppi count, while the iPad 4 with its Retina tablet display clocks in at 264ppi, and the best notebook/convertible representative Samsung ATIV Q reaches 276ppi with its record 4.5 million pixel count, but larger 13.3" screen.

Granted, display resolution is just one aspect of a good panel, but the new Nexus 7 seems to get the others right, too, cited with 300 nits of brightness, and 178 degree viewing angles. Now let's see what's changed from the first Google Nexus 7 edition to this year's record-holder. First, the obligatory size comparison:

New Google Nexus 7 (left) vs 2012 edition (right) size comparison

New Google Nexus 7 (left) vs 2012 edition (right) size comparison

As you can see, the new Nexus 7 is much slimmer than the one of yesteryear, at only 0.3" (8mm), which is about a quarter of the thickness shaved off of the device. Not only that, but the 2013 edition is 11.2 oz (318 g), about ten percent lighter than before. It is almost as tall when held in portrait mode, but with a much slimmer side bezel, making it more comfortable to hold this way, while the top and bottom bezel is kept thicker, so you can rest your thumbs comfortably in landscape mode.

Looking at the full specs rundown below, the new Nexus 7 keeps it abreast not only in pixel density. It comes with double the RAM and internal storage amount of its predecessor, plus it sports a faster, cooler and more frugal processor design. We are including another 7" tablet around the $200 mark, just for kicks and giggles, as the Galaxy Tab 3 7-incher might cost $30 less than the new Nexus 7 tablet, but it gives so much away in pixel density, RAM, storage, and speed, that it is not even funny, and about the only advantage is the memory card slot it has.

Tablets break the 320ppi barrier: new vs old Google Nexus 7 specs and size review


DeviceGoogle Nexus 7 IIGoogle Nexus 7Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 7"
OSAndroid (4.3)Android (4.2.2)Android (4.1)
Dimensions7.9 x 4.5 x 0.3 inches (201 x 114 x 8 mm)7.81 x 4.72 x 0.41 inches (198.5 x 120 x 10.45 mm)7.40 x 4.37 x 0.39 inches (188 x 111.1 x 9.9 mm)
Weight11.2 oz (318 g)
the average is 4.5 oz (127 g)
11.99 oz (340 g)
the average is 4.5 oz (127 g)
10.79 oz (306 g)
the average is 4.5 oz (127 g)

Physical size7.0 inches7.0 inches 7.0 inches
Resolution1920 x 1200 pixels1280 x 800 pixels1024 x 600 pixels
Pixel density
323 ppi216 ppi 170ppi
Peak brightness300 cd/m2 (nit)  

Stand-by time 12.5 days (300 hours)
the average is 19 days (446 h)
Video playback 9.00 hours 
Capacity 4325 mAh4000 mAh
TypeLi - PolymerLi - PolymerLi - Ion

System chip
Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 ProNVIDIA Tegra 3 T30L 
Quad core, 1500 MHzQuad core, 1200 MHz, ARM Cortex-A9Dual core, 1200 MHz
Graphics processorAdreno 320ULP GeForce @ 416MHzYes
System memory
2048 MB RAM / DDR31024 MB RAM (1333 MHz) / LPDDR31024 MB RAM
Built-in storage16 GB8 GB8 GB
Storage expansion  microSD, microSDHC, microSDXC up to 64 GB

Camera5 megapixels 3 megapixels
Features  Auto focus
CamcorderYes Yes
Features Video calling 
Front-facing camera1.2 megapixelsYes1.3 megapixels


Wi-FiYes802.11 a, b, g, n802.11 a, b, g, n, n 5GHz
Mobile hotspot  Yes
Wi-Fi Direct  Yes
USBUSB 2.0USB 2.0USB 2.0
FeaturesMass storage device, USB chargingUSB HostMass storage device, USB charging
Headphones connector3.5mm3.5mm3.5mm
Charging connectormicroUSBmicroUSBmicroUSB

In short, Google's Nexus line is getting unbeatable in the value-for-money ratio, and the new Nexus 7 tablet is the perfect example of that, as it even offers a feature no other tablet maker has matched at the moment with the record pixel density of its panel. At a $230 starting price for the 16 GB version, and $270 for the 32 GB one, the best 7" tablet is priced at a level that would make us very, very worried if we were any major tablet maker but Asus, which actually makes the Nexus 7, and will profit from the scale of its sales. 

Google has the power to ship these things at or a little above cost, as its core revenue is elsewhere, and if you are in the market for a small tablet, this year's Nexus 7 is a no-brainer. It is likely to sell like lemonade in the summer, further expanding the Android crusade in the market share game, which is precisely Google's aim with the Nexus line. Are you getting one?

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posted on 24 Jul 2013, 05:35 21

1. tiara6918 (Posts: 2110; Member since: 26 Apr 2012)

The nexus 7 II is probably the best priced tablet with top of the line specs.

posted on 24 Jul 2013, 05:40 1

4. itsdeepak4u2000 (Posts: 3718; Member since: 03 Nov 2012)

Now we can see more better in tablets too.

posted on 24 Jul 2013, 07:42 3

16. number29 (Posts: 185; Member since: 25 Jan 2013)

If only it ran iOS it'd be a dream come true!

posted on 24 Jul 2013, 12:13 5

29. miket247 (Posts: 81; Member since: 16 Apr 2013)

Hey LOSER, go back to Apple and get RIPPED OFF somemore. Apple treats you like a newbie in prison, bend over a take it like a good boy, no lube! Maybe its time you open your eyes and buy a great product thats not made by assh@!es that pretend to be an American company!

posted on 25 Jul 2013, 06:09

30. number29 (Posts: 185; Member since: 25 Jan 2013)

Yikes that's a rather angry response! I happen to prefer iOS, which is why I think this'd be great with iOS on it.

posted on 25 Jul 2013, 21:08

32. Shatter (Posts: 2036; Member since: 29 May 2013)

What does IOS do that android can't.

posted on 26 Jul 2013, 06:08

36. number29 (Posts: 185; Member since: 25 Jan 2013)

Nothing, it just looks and operates in a much nicer way and is more pleasant to use.

posted on 24 Jul 2013, 10:38

27. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5993; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)

Is it any wonder they are so popular? I predict more problems trying to order one when they are put up on the Play store.

posted on 24 Jul 2013, 05:38 16

2. WHoyton1 (Posts: 1635; Member since: 21 Feb 2013)

That screen is to die for! Over 300ppi is mad! Definitely my next tablet!

posted on 24 Jul 2013, 06:44

13. cepcamba (Posts: 717; Member since: 27 Feb 2012)

Definitely my next tab as well.

posted on 24 Jul 2013, 08:25

21. TechBizJP08 (Posts: 495; Member since: 25 Mar 2013)

+7 II count me in..

posted on 24 Jul 2013, 05:38 1

3. istitch (Posts: 181; Member since: 19 Mar 2013)

i've prefer the z ultra, slightly smaller screen though..

posted on 24 Jul 2013, 05:44 13

6. xperiaDROID (banned) (Posts: 5629; Member since: 08 Mar 2013)

Z Ultra is irrelevant to this article.

posted on 24 Jul 2013, 05:53 8

8. WindowsiDroid (Posts: 138; Member since: 22 Jul 2013)

Why are you compairing that Sony Xperia Z Ultra in this Nexus 7 2? In price comparison you can even buy 3 - 4 Nexus 7 2.

posted on 24 Jul 2013, 05:42 9

5. Nikolas.Oliver (banned) (Posts: 1574; Member since: 01 Jul 2012)

Doesnt matter if it's cheap it will certainly cost a lot more in non-google play countries
it will be a miracle if it gets priced under the $500 mark in my country

posted on 24 Jul 2013, 05:58

10. WindowsiDroid (Posts: 138; Member since: 22 Jul 2013)

Even here in Philippines it cost I think it will cost 400usd-500usd

posted on 24 Jul 2013, 07:21

15. Googler (Posts: 813; Member since: 10 Jun 2013)

How much does other tablets cost in the same areas?

posted on 25 Jul 2013, 21:09

33. Shatter (Posts: 2036; Member since: 29 May 2013)

Most are about the same as the US.

posted on 24 Jul 2013, 05:44 4

7. jedpatrickdatu (Posts: 169; Member since: 24 Jan 2013)

I wish Windows 8 tablets would be priced as well as this one.

posted on 24 Jul 2013, 05:55 1

9. hboy857 (Posts: 349; Member since: 03 Jun 2013)

i'm definitly getting one/

posted on 24 Jul 2013, 06:17 1

11. pyradark (Posts: 882; Member since: 10 Jun 2012)

Xperia tablet Z is still the best tablet for 2013
Actually I prefer Z ultra hahahaha
but of course for the people who cant afford one can get this nexus 7

posted on 24 Jul 2013, 10:06 5

24. evil_slayer (Posts: 50; Member since: 23 Nov 2011)


posted on 24 Jul 2013, 10:26 5

25. Berzerk000 (Posts: 4275; Member since: 26 Jun 2011)

How is the Xperia Tablet Z the best tablet of 2013? We're just over half way into the year, we still have the iPad 5 and second gen Nexus 10 to wait for, as well as Samsung's new Note 10.1.

Also, this new Nexus 7 is better than the Xperia Tablet Z. Exact same specs; quad core Snapdragon S4 Pro with Adreno 320, 2 GB of RAM, 1920x1200 display, but the Nexus has a smaller display which means a higher pixel density, and completely stock Android which means it will run a lot smoother than Sony's custom UI on the Xperia Tablet Z. Plus, instant updates from Google instead of waiting for Sony to slap their Xperia UI on top of it.

posted on 24 Jul 2013, 06:19

12. Napalm_3nema (Posts: 2236; Member since: 14 Jun 2013)

That screen brightness sucks. The first-gen N7 was 312 nits, and the iPad Mjni is 388. This is going to look dull, even if it is high PPI. Why increase usability in one area, and then completely negate that with a dull screen? Even 400 nits isn't close to the top of tablet brightness (Transformer Infinity, 694), so this is just a step backward.

posted on 24 Jul 2013, 10:29

26. Berzerk000 (Posts: 4275; Member since: 26 Jun 2011)

That's the downside of such a high density display. The more dense the pixels, the brighter the screen needs to be to shine through them, but of course that also increases battery consumption.

posted on 24 Jul 2013, 07:20

14. Googler (Posts: 813; Member since: 10 Jun 2013)

Feel like this is aimed at the new Kindle more than anything else. Regardless, it's impressive. I was debating skipping this and keeping my current 7 but I might upgrade after seeing this.

posted on 24 Jul 2013, 07:49

17. roldefol (Posts: 4364; Member since: 28 Jan 2011)

This is the device I will recommend to my (retired, tech-unsavvy) father. The value, screen quality and app availability make it an absolute no-brainer even for Android initiates.

posted on 24 Jul 2013, 07:54

18. OpTiMuS_BlAcK (Posts: 418; Member since: 04 May 2012)

Not sure about 300 nits, decent enough but probably unsuitable for outdoors.
Anyways that thing is BEAST!
If only I had a need for a tablet other than gaming then I'd get it in a heartbeat.

posted on 24 Jul 2013, 07:56

19. thelegend6657 (unregistered)

Nah ! o0o Galaxy tab sucks bananana

posted on 24 Jul 2013, 08:22

20. Cha7520 (Posts: 221; Member since: 31 Oct 2010)

Yup. Plan on getting it next Tuesday

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