Nexus 7Editor: Andrew Martonik
Just over a year after it took over the 7-inch Android tablet market with the original Nexus 7, Google released an updated version bearing the same name. The so-called "New Nexus 7" or "Nexus 7 (2013)" was again built by ASUS and keeps the same screen size, but picks up improvements across the board.
It had a much higher resolution 1920x1200 display, a quad-core Snapdragon S4 Pro processor and 2GB of RAM. The tablet picked up a more premium feel with better material choices and smaller side bezels, and even added a 5MP rear-facing camera. Stereo speakers were also added, giving a more immersive experience for games and video watching.
Even with all of the changes, the Nexus 7 (2013) only bumped up in price $29 to $229 for a 16GB Wifi model. It was officially unveiled at an event in San Francisco on July 24th, 2013 alongside the Chromecast and Android 4.3 Jelly Bean, which was a small jump for the platform that introduced new Google Play Games and a few other refinements. Google later rolled out a 32GB LTE variant for $349 — with the option to include an AT&T or T-Mobile SIM in the box — as well as a 32GB-only and Wifi-only variant with a white back in December of 2013.
The Nexus 7 (2013) was regarded as a value leader, offering better specs, hardware and experience than you could get from any other manufacturer at the same price — even tablets that ASUS sold on its own.