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In pictures: Two generations of Nexus 7

The original Nexus 7 was a serious improvement to Android tablets when it was announced last year, and Google is trying hard to build on its success with the newest iteration of the device. Dubbed the "New Nexus 7", it packs a new set of internals -- Snapdragon S4 Pro processor, 2GB of RAM, rear camera and stereo speakers. We also have the pleasure of seeing a full 1920x1200 display around the front, showing off Android 4.3 in all its glory.

These internal updates are all wrapped in a new casing that adds a few things -- such as a soft touch back and thinner profile -- but drops the charging pins and relocates the headphone jack and microphone. All together we find this to be a leaner and better looking Nexus 7 that is worthy of the name. Hang with us after the break for a full side-by-side comparison of two generations of Nexus 7 hardware from ASUS and Google.

More: The new Nexus 7 is official

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Andrew was an Executive Editor, U.S. at Android Central between 2012 and 2020.

27 Comments
  • The new one is awesome... Posted via Android Central App
  • There is no "After the break" for app users ever. Please fix. Posted via Android Central App
  • I hate this too! Always have to go to the regular website. Posted via Android Central App
  • Thank you for noting this happening for you as well. I thought perhaps I was just losing my mind. Posted via Android Central App
  • Heck, I don't see any "after the break" pictures even when I hit the button in the app to go to the website in chrome. http://m.androidcentral.com/pictures-two-generations-nexus-7 So it seems that I am, indeed, likely losing my marbles. Posted via Android Central App
  • No after the break on web either
  • +1 Posted from the old Google Nexus 7 via Android Central App
  • Exactly what I was going to comment! Get out of my head! Posted via Android Central App
  • To be honest I wish the writers would stop using that sentence anyway, such an annoying cheesy thing to say. Posted via Android Central App
  • After these messages, we'll be right back!
  • Can you please post a side by side picture of the same wallpaper to compare colors?
  • They shrunk the wrong bezels. :/ Should have made the top and bottom smaller instead of the sides.
  • The only thing i don't like is the headphone jack on top. But I'm sure that is a 50/50 thing and just as many people like it on top as the ones that like it on the bottom.
  • I was going to comment the opposite. I'm *SO* glad they moved the headphone jack to the top. It always seems wrong to me to have it anywhere other than the top. You're right - 50/50 thing. :-)
  • "just as many people like it on top as the ones that like it on the bottom" TWSS
  • Still no HDMI connectivity......maybe next time Posted via Android Central App
  • It connects to HDMI the exact same way that the previous one did. Through the micro-USB port.
  • Last Nexus 7 had no HDMI support. But you're right, this one does.
  • SlimPort (Mobility DisplayPort) support for HDMI. Same as Nexus 4.
  • This has Micro HDMI support. Posted from the old Google Nexus 7 via Android Central App
  • But what should be CALL it? Nexus 7.2?
  • We call it by it's name, the Nexus 7
  • The website has nothing after the break either
  • The website has pictures after the break Posted via Android Central App
  • Not in my mobile browser.. Posted via Android Central App
  • I still think the older one looks better in every way. But those internals... man..
  • I like the old one except for the silver border. That said I am not upgrading as mine works great. I prefer the Nexus 7 old or new to any other small (7 or 8in) tablet, including the iPad mini.