Nexus 7 upgrade gets specced


So here we go, guys. The specs to the long awaited Nexus 7 refresh as starting to come into focus. While the main thing we care about is a slightly higher-res display, we get no confirmation of that. But we do get an idea of how the rest of the tablet will shape up. Here’s the rundown:

  • 1.5GHz quad-core CPU
  • 7-inch display (duh)
  • 5MP rear camera
  • 1.2MP front-facing camera
  • Slim port connectivity
  • Wireless charging
  • Android 4.3

So again we see mention of dual cameras (as seen in a leak from earlier in the week), a bumped up processor, and Android 4.3. The latter will likely be announced alongside the new Nexus 7 next week. What we haven’t seen mentioned explicitly before is Slim Port connectivity for 1080p video output to TV and built-in wireless charging. We’ll keep our fingers crossed that it actually comes out of the box and not via expensive accessories.

That add-ons do come at a cost, though. Rumors put this version of the Nexus 7 at $269.99 for a 32GB model. The price is $20 more than you would pay for a current-gen 32GB Nexus 7, and there is no indication Google will rollout the upgrades to a 16GB version.

Are the extra greenbacks worth it? The tablet will still fall squarely in the budget category, and for what it offers it seems like a small price to pay. We’ll have to wait until we get the new unit in our hands to make a final decision, however.

[via Engadget]

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TAGS: Nexus 7 2012

  • Dean Politis

    Is there only going to be a WiFi edition available? What about HSPA+ and LTE?

    • Tony Lai

      All will be told next week, be patient.

  • lolwut

    I need that cellular

    • earth

      is more cost effective to wifi tether (hotspot) from phone if you can.

  • Miguel

    “Duh” but what about the resolution?

    • Guest

      screen size bro, screen size.

      • Tony Lai


        • RussianDroid

          Haha, funny guy.

      • RussianDroid

        Careful what you ask for ;)

    • retrospooty

      “”Duh” but what about the resolution?”


      • Plax D

        where did you get that? I’m also interested in knowing the resolution and DPI

  • Lennatron

    For that price I hope it has 2GB of RAM.

    • Mark Slavin

      I’ve seen 4GB of RAM rumoured. From a sticker on a device spotted in the wild.

      • Tony Lai

        Nah, 2GB for sure.


      4GB of RAM. See the site in my name for details and proof.

      • Appleluver


  • hfghgfhf

    These are not specs. We don’t know the SoC, RAM, screen resolution, battery size.

    • NYCHitman1

      Screen resolution: 1080p, SoC: Krait S4 Pro, RAM: 2 GB DDR3 1600, battery size speculated to be 4000 mAH.

      • hfghgfhf

        that would be great for the price

      • Plax D

        no, the screen resolution is not 1080p…that is the output resolution. In the past android could only output resolution to the max the device has, but things may have changed with 4.3…no way this is going to have a 1080p screen…if it does, it will be revolutionary..I sure hope it does

    • Scott Stafford

      This is all that has leaked. Relax bro, there is an event next week.


      Display is 1920 x 1200, processor S4 Pro at 1.5 GHz. See my site for the rest of the detailed specs.

  • james ortiz

    its running the same processor as the nexus 4 in my opinion.

    • Tony Lai

      Most likely it is, maybe with an upgraded GPU.

  • Red Colored Glasses

    No upgrade for the 16GB version? This speculation is just plain stupid. They will refresh the entire line with the same specs and add 4G LTE support. Some pretty lousy reporting.

    • guitarist5122

      Some pretty lousy commenting

    • Tony Lai

      Dude, rumors are rumors, speculations are speculations. Stop taking them so seriously. It will all be told next week. You are whining and complaining for something that you shouldn’t have found out until next week, really?

  • Unorthodox

    Is it ASUS made again? Then possibly a no for me.

    • DavidVarghese

      Why not? ASUS has a good rep when it comes to their tablets…

      • RussianDroid

        They had a number of QC issues reported with N7s. Although mine was mostly fine aside from the weak battery connector which resulted in my DIY fix attempt that quickly fixed the issue but I accidentally cracked the screen. In ASUS defense though, no single manufacturer released a perfect product line.

        • DavidVarghese

          Hmm I see… But it’s to be expected for ASUS to skimp out on quality of the parts used to make the Nexus 7, especially for its $200 price point.

          Hopefully with the higher price point ($220/$270?) of the next gen Nexus 7, ASUS will have some room to put better quality parts in it. Either that, or they continue with the sub-par quality parts and a bigger profit for them.
          I guess time will tell.

          • RussianDroid

            Doesn’t matter which way you slice it, you do get the bang for your buck with N7 and some.
            I’m personally buying a couple units day one.

          • DavidVarghese

            Heck yeah. That is, if Google can keep up with the demand

      • Unorthodox

        RussianDroid said it. N7 launch was real bad. First shipments almost all had screen lift issue. They only fixed it in the second wave.
        And when I bought Note 10.1 last Christmas, I also had Transformer Infinity in mind, but was REALLY disappointed with lags and overall sucky experience. No, to me, ASUS is PC component vendor of choice, but not tablets.

  • Roaduardo

    Nothing bigger than 32gb?

    • Tony Lai

      You will find out next week.

      • Roaduardo

        They’ll likely keep it at 32… *sigh* SD Card support aint hurt nobody yo…

        • NYCHitman1

          Google is done with expandable memory. Just something folks need to start accepting as a fact.

          • Roaduardo

            I suppose. Sucks that Samsung and Sony’s the only ones releasing ‘flagship’ devices with expandable memory though. I don’t keep buying Samsung products for their name..

          • OptimusKLP

            LG Optimus Pro has expandable memory as well.

          • Robb Nunya

            Yeah, my last HTC had expandable memory. Not sure what my next phone will be since they got off of that bandwagon. I guess I can always put Cyanogen on another Samsung device…

          • Canon User

            Google needs to accept that Cloud isn’t the answer for everyone.

          • Roaduardo

            It’s a decent option for SOME not all. I agree with ya. They seem to be quite aggressive with their push to cloud storage. It’s just not as practical as having media stored locally on your device.

          • lynyrd65


            Consumers are done with fixed memory. Just something Google needs to start accepting as a fact.

          • Robb Nunya

            That would be a great statement… except that the Nexus 7 was a commercial success, as is every iDevice in existence. I’d personally LOVE an SD card slot, but good luck getting Google to see that light.

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            It didn’t really decrease in
            price. They killed the 8GB version and rolled the 32 to take over for
            the 16GB. I think it was like 3 months after or so. I honestly don’t
            remember exactly.

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  • Gideon Waxfarb

    How does this work? I mean, how do some specs get leaked and not others? Like the person doing the leak says, “I’ll give you CPU specs, and a couple of other things, but not the resolution of the device.”

  • Bizzle9

    It’s worth it if the screen is 1900×1200.


      It is.

  • remister

    Ger ready next week to have major slowdown with the buying process and half finished orders.


    16 GB version will be $229.99. On Sale July 31st.

  • brandon ballenger

    looks promising

  • ChicagoBob

    Please have a micro SD slot.. Please.. If so I cant wait. HDMI out is nice but.. expansion memory is WAY more of what I want.

    • Dillon Shepherd

      Google hates SD. Don’t hold your breath

  • EasyEEE

    How quickly did the first price drop happen with the original? If I recall was rather fast.

    • scoter man1

      It didn’t really decrease in price. They killed the 8GB version and rolled the 32 to take over for the 16GB. I think it was like 3 months after or so. I honestly don’t remember exactly.

  • scoter man1

    Honestly, I think I’m going to wait for the first wave to come and go before I even bother. I want to see that this thing actually has decent io throughput unlike the N7 which is absolutely horrible. Plus, if I wait, I don’t have to be butthurt when I don’t get it for a month and a half even though I ordered it and everyone else is getting theirs. If there is no ~$230 16gb version, I might actually pass.

  • Sean

    Wireless charging is nice on my nexus 4 with the orb because it props it up. But for my n7 I’d much rather have pogo pins and a dock with charging AND audio output. Totally bummed, I was so looking forward to this tablet. But without docking capabilities it’s not worth replacing my old one. Damn, and Google was doing so good with the nexus line. Oh well, nothing lasts forever.

  • eric
    • Bizzle9

      WUXGA = 1900×1200.

  • WhoaManWtF

    The TV Out is huge, that was a glaring omission of the last gen N7.

  • HeatFan305

    S4 Pro? What happened to the Snapdragon 600?

    • Anthony Tran

      Yeah, I was really hoping for the 600 too :/

      • HeatFan305

        Well, I am disappointed too, but I have an iPad 4 at this point, so I cannot complain really. My iPad serves its purpose, but that’s disappointing for future Nexus 7 purchasers.

  • John Levanger

    Everyone has dropped the price of the current gen N7 32GB to $199 or lower. With that being said I went ahead and purchased one, I just don’t see $70 worth of improvement in the 2nd gen model…at least for what I use one for.

    • TadeoNYC

      you can get it for $170 at staples after a $30 coupon. scored one Friday

  • Guest

    Does it still have microUSB charging in addition to wireless charging? Much more universal if you could still charge with microUSB anywhere, including the well as being able to use an external battery pack. Wireless charging is convenient but if you’re low on power on the road, you’re probably out of luck.

  • bluegreen343

    I think I’ll just stick with my original nexus 7. It performs wonderfully.

  • dhinged

    I’ll think about it if it comes to Verizon.