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Fact sheet: Google Nexus 7 (2013)

Take a look at some of the facts surrounding Google's flagship 7" tablet, the Google Nexus 7 (2013).

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As an encore to last year's Google Nexus 7, ASUS has stepped up its game with a refreshed tablet that improves upon its predecessor in almost every fashion. This new tablet was just released in July of 2013, and it should be billed as Google's flagship 7" tablet for the next year or so. To get an idea of what this thing is packing, here are facts surrounding the device.

What we know

CPU/GPU: In this round, ASUS elected to integrate Snapdragon's S4 Krait SoC clocked at 1.5 GHz in lieu of the Nvidia Tegra architecture. This means significant gains in performance and battery life. Paired with a powerful Adreno graphics core at 400 MHz, this tablet can handle rather demanding 2S and 3D graphics without even breaking a sweat.

RAM: For memory-hungry Android applications, 2 GB of DDR3L (low-voltage) memory is included on board, which is double the previous generation (and more energy efficient).

Storage: This tablet comes in 16 GB and 32 GB varieties, with no included microSD expansion slot. If you know you're going to need plenty of storage space, buy the 32 GB variant.

Screen: Following in Apple's footsteps with Retina-style displays (to an extent), ASUS has incorporated a rather impressive 1920x1200 pixels within the 7" panel. This makes for impressively sharp details and higher levels of clarity.

OS: Google has decided to make Android 4.3 (Jelly Bean) available out the gate for the new Nexus 7. In addition to improved security and app-sandboxing measures based on SELinux, TRIM support is also included to eliminate gradual slow-downs to the internal SSD over time.

Sensors: For pinpoint accuracy in motion tracking, both an accelerometer and a gyroscope have been included for interactive multimedia, augmented reality, and entertainment applications.

Cameras: This time, the Nexus 7 packs both a front 1.2megapixel camera and a rear 5 megapixel camera, both of which can be used for video conferencing and regular image / video capture, respectively.

Wireless: Every model of the new Nexus 7 comes with built-in dual-band 802.11 a/b/g/n Wi-Fi support. If you're on the road a lot, an optional LTE-capable model is expected to arrive later in September for Verizon, T-Mobile, and AT&T customers to enjoy.

GPS: The new Nexus 7 is capable of connecting to GPS satellites in order to help guide you to where you need to be.

Battery: A rather decent 3950 mAh battery can net you around six to eight hours of battery life, with up to a week of standby as well. You can also wirelessly charge the tablet using Wireless Qi-compliant charging pads, like the one from Energizer.

SlimPort: Pushing the Nexus 7 tablet display to another screen, like LCD or projector, can be accomplished via SlimPort, which works over the micro-USB port included on the tablet.

What features do you find most impressive with the Google Nexus 7 (2013)? Share your opinion in the discussion thread below.


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6 comments
Shaun Bautista
Shaun Bautista

The old Nexus 7 System is a very nice device which is a must for all android fanatics.

I've had my nexus 7 for a while now and there isn't any deterioration with every thing it has from its OS and its Functions up to the physical device itself.

Using this device is quite addictive making me want to buy it again and again its a very cheap and affordable device that can be bought by those who works, studies, or players in short this device is for everybody.

Best part of this device is the very cheap price which makes it very affordable compared to high end devices. By buying this tablet you can save up more and not be disappointed. It comes with the latest OS still and gets regular updates as well.

There is one hidden advantage of the Nexus 7 is that it updates earlier that other android device giving u a head start on stuffs.

The only disadvantage i see from this tablet is its lack of back camera but why would you use a tablet as a camera when you can use better devices for photos.

If we will compare the price differences i think the lack of camera made a huge difference, but after the release of the new version of this device they also integrated the back camera which didn't change the prices as much as well.

Overall this is a must have device!

If you are looking of buying a tablet I suggest this greatly for everyone.

evenstevens50
evenstevens50

I got a Nexus 7 2013 for Christmas and after the last update it keeps shutting down on me at random times and is very frustrating. Could someone tell me what to do?

NickP2012
NickP2012

I just went out last week a got the new Nexus 7 i have an iPad but my Nexus is way better love the display.  Way to go Google my next phone will be a Nexus as well.   

digilante
digilante

To think, I got my Nexsys 7 in May - if I'd waited a couple of months, I could be enjoying this newer one :(

gj2011
gj2011

Nice one. Along with the GPS which will help guide you to where you need to be, it will be great, if you need to be in US, it will fetch a greencard as well. Many people will like that.

amj2010
amj2010

Well we own this apparatus, a revelation from the olde Samsung Tablet One we got (now serving as a clock besides our tv), we can even steer our homeserver with it......tru Splashtop Streamer. 

Is it good, time will tell...

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