The new Nexus 7 is no secret. It's been leaked, leaked, and leaked again. But up until today, we hadn't seen the actual device in the flesh. One lucky soul was able to get his hands on a retail version of the new N7 and has provided us with essentially every angle, pose, nook, and cranny of the device – he even offered up a couple of pictures of the box.

Without further ado, we present the new ASUS-made Nexus 7.

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As you can see, it looks exactly like the press renders that we saw a few days ago, but let's take a closer look at the details as they are. This go, Google decided to include a 5MP rear camera on the device, as well as the interesting choice to flip the Nexus logo on its side. You'll also find the speakers on either side/end (depending on orientation) on the back of the unit, with the headphone jack on the top (when in portrait), microUSB port on the bottom, and power button/volume rocker in the same place as the current Nexus 7. According to our tipster, the back feels very similar to the Nexus 10 – we have comparison shots of the two down below – which is a sort of rubbery/tacky texture.

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Of course, pictures are dandy – but you want to see this beauty in action, no? You're in luck, we have a video!

But we're not finished just yet – we've got a slew of benchmarks and all the hardware information you could possibly want coming up!

Cameron Summerson
Cameron is a self-made geek, Android enthusiast, horror movie fanatic, musician, and cyclist. When he's not pounding keys here at AP, you can find him spending time with his wife and kids, plucking away on the 6-string, spinning on the streets, or watching The Texas Chainsaw Massacre on repeat.

  • yungtris

    You guys are on a tear... Great work.

  • Osmin Mercado

    I really wanted to watch the announcement tomorrow... but after this... what's the point? Lol, damn you Android Police for reporting so well.

    • TY

      Android 4.3?

      • newnexus7

        yes, android 4.3

      • ranova

        isn't everything already known about 4.3?

    • Rami

      I am also starting to hate all those leaks, why do all news sites want to be the first to leak news about new products? why not just "ALL" wait for the official release and leak "Real" news with all confirmed specs?

      tomorrow after Google event, what will AP publish? they already published everything about the new device.

      (Nothing against AndroidPolice, it is still the best Android site out there).

      • dorkside

        Because it's what journalists always have and always will do. It brings in lots of views too. I mean.. you're reading it aren't you? Plus reporting news quickly and accurately is their job. After the event, they'll probably publish a much more in depth view of the whole thing. I don't see what the problem is here...

    • bondx99

      Whats with so much leaks Google? Keep it in your pants! :P

  • http://shanked.me/ Shank

    I'm still not 100% sure I want it after the production problems with the first Nexus 7. I'm somewhat hoping they'd acknowledge the problems with the last one, in which case that would alleviate my fears.

    The whole 'performance randomly decreased and never returned' issue is pretty large, and if it really is a NAND issue, who's to say ASUS didn't switch to a better chip?

    • Jdban

      Yeah, my old N7 is basically unusable and google has never patched or said it was an issue...

      • Glen

        Installed CM 10 on it, makes a big difference. Turned it from frustrating and laggy into responsive. Battery now lasts for days when Wifi is turned off, instead of 2 days.

        • Andy Burne

          Exactly this. My Nexus 7 runs painfully slow on 4.2 based ROMs but roll back to a 4.1 based (CM10) it's so much faster and nice to use again. Hopefully 4.3 will fix this but if not, it's back to CM10 for me.

          • Henners

            Hmm, even with CM10.1 on my Nexus 7 it still lags as bad as it did with stock 4.2. I'm guessing Tegra 3 is at fault. I've heard of lag on every device it's powered. Even the faster T33 variant in my old One X+ lags. I'm so glad they've switched to the S4 Pro for the new Nexus 7, I have faith that it won't be bogged down by any future updates....

          • Andy Burne

            CM10, not 10.1. 10.1 is 4.2 based, CM10 is 4.1 based. 4.3 seems a bit better but not had time to test it properly yet.

    • Michael Jones

      it's a tegra 3 issue not the nand. Been proven time and time again that nand performance hasnt decreased for those experiencing lag issues.

      That being said, 4.3 has made my nexus 4 even snappier than it used to be so I'm going to see how 4.3 affects my original Nexus 7 before considering the new one.

      • http://shanked.me/ Shank

        Tegra 3 doesn't explain how performance degraded. I'm sorry, but simple things like opening the play store shouldn't take 30 seconds unless the chip itself is falling off the board or damaged. If either are the case, then that's still a flaw in the manufacturing process that should be admitted.

        Once 4.3 comes out I'll check again, but for the time being my Nexus 7 is literally unusable for most day to day activity, unless I launch a game (in which case it performs moderately well).

        • perfectlyreasonabletoo

          Play store taking 30 seconds to open isn't explained by NAND or storage controller issues either.

          • Some_random_guy

            Yes it does. When you load the Play Store, the CPU is going to block while the OS loads the .apk into VM memory. If your NAND memory is giving slow memory transfers, then your CPU is going to spend a lot of time blocking while it's loaded.

          • perfectlyreasonabletoo

            People with N7 lag issues have done tests and found that I/O isn't an issue.

          • Nightcall

            Ur right ppl with lag issues have done tests and its the bad NAND memory used in the device causing this awful lag. YouTube is ur friend.

          • Marsg

            Lol isn't that the same problem Asus had with Transformer Prime when it first launched then later discontinued, ceptbit was a bit worse.

    • MrJigolo

      The blame shouldn't be placed on ASUS or Tegra 3. The issue with the Nexus 7 slowing down was android 4.2. Looks like 4.3 will fix these bugs though

      • zook

        No, it was the NAND. Asus uses cheap storage on the Transformer line too, which is why they become almost unusable over time.

        • perfectlyreasonabletoo

          That was debunked. NAND and the storage controller are both fine.

          • Nightcall

            it most assuredly was NOT debunked. anandtech as well as others have tested both transformer and N7 and found the culprit is indeed slow I/O to the substandard NAND memory.

          • Marsg

            Lol go to the Transformer section on xda they are all using a external micro SD to fix the problem. It was the whole reason the prime was so bug rigged, I wouldn't check it off the list.

          • youyou

            I just bought a Me301t(250$) it is better if i repay for buy nexus 2?
            I'm afraid this bugpakito

          • perfectlyreasonabletoo

            I could go on XDA a year ago and learn that I need to calibrate my battery and clear my cache every time I update my ROM... XDA's a hellhole.

    • jamaall

      i'm hoping its better than my nexus 10, which liked to freeze once in awhile. Just sold it in order to get a new N7

    • QWERT

      Have you ever tried to use the ForeverGone app from the play store? The lagging performance problem is caused by the Nexus SD card , you have to clean up by using the app. I don't know how it works, but it works! Try it.

      • http://shanked.me/ Shank

        I've tried this, but I can't be an accurate test because I always have ~3gb free (I grabbed an 8gb model like an idiot).

  • Tommy Thompson

    Looks like they fixed that box opening issue the last one encountered.

    • efan

      they did actually release a differently packaged one shortly after launch.

      • Tommy Thompson

        I wasn't being serious...

        • efan

          oh. goooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooood one.

  • http://flavors.me/kioshi kioshi

    I like big bezels and I cannot lie!

    • earth

      Wish they would do near zero bezel with solid snapon frame for those who want it. Pleases everyone. Aftermarket could provide different bezel sizes.

      • Marsg

        I really like the iPad mini bezel, wish it was that small

        • Budo

          I don't. Even on the original Nexus 7 I kept activating the screen in portrait mode. I know that Apple has some sort of palm rejection software solution, but Android doesn't and I don't want to cover the screen with my hand either.

  • http://reddit.com/ yo2boy


  • Metroview

    It's an odd request, but I would love to have that blue wallpaper.

  • PhineasJW

    My original Nexus 7:

    - The back creaks like a wooden door in a horror movie.
    - Screen swipes misfire all the time (the touch controller is complete junk).
    - Lags like hell (has gotten worse over time).

    Google basically walked away from it, including the touch controller, which they had some ability to fix/patch/work around.

    Hope this one fairs better.

    Has anyone confirmed the processor? Someone tell this guy to run CPU-Z.

    p.s. Nice work A.P.

    • Justin W

      Pretty sure it's a Snapdragon S4 Pro Quad

      • efan

        the same one in the Nexus 4, which is no slouch.

        • Philip Brain

          No slouch indeed

    • miri

      You got a dud.

    • mattj78

      I agree with you. Except for the creaky back mine has the same issues

    • Philip Brain

      I have the exact same symptoms plus my screen, this was a problem right out of the box, on the left side is not secured underneath the plastic sides so the screen is actually coming out of the device on the left side.

    • http://dmartin.org/ Dan Martin

      The screen creaking can be resolved by removing the back (which is easy) and tightening a couple screws. Tutorials are easy to find. I realize you shouldn't have to do this, but I figured it was easier than sending it in. it took me about 2 minutes, and was very easy.

  • Josh Phillips

    What are the dimensions? Is it the same size as the last one? The only reason I wouldn't get this is if it doesn't fit in the back pocket of my Levi 511's like the first 7 does.

    • Kie

      I don't know if these are accurate measurements but I've seen 204.5x115.6 mm being thrown around as a size. The first edition n7 was 198.5x120 mm.

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

      7.9" x 4.5" x 0.3".

  • Jonathan Danna

    What's the RAM like on this thing?

    • Gsizzle

      2 GB

  • Gsizzle

    I keep debating whether should I get the one or not. My HP Touchpad is pretty much dead weight atm.

  • Steve McTravis

    Beautiful crafted hardware , the thing i hate is that bezel , because if i get one of new nexus 7 , i gonna use it mostly on portait

    • perfectlyreasonabletoo

      You need to hold it somewhere.

  • Jacob Dagenais

    Notification LED?? Haptic Feedback??

    • moelsen8

      Oh man I want haptic feedback on a tablet. Only one I know that did it was the HTC evo view 4g (aka sprint HTC flyer) I bought when it went fire sale. Why every device doesn't have it.. I have no idea.

      • miri

        The Nexus 10 has it, too.

        • moelsen8

          Wow, didn't know that, nice.

          • Jacob Dagenais

            Yeah the 10 is the reason I'm hopeful the 7 has it. In the end I want the light more for notifications.

    • Kie

      LED has been confirmed. Wondering about haptic as well; would be a welcomed addition.

      • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Cameron Summerson

        No haptic to speak of.

        • Jacob Dagenais


    • newnexus7

      no haptic feedback. yes notification led

    • Ameer

      It has a notification LED!

  • aNYthing6

    Does it actually have 4 GB of RAM?

    • newnexus7

      No. 2gb

  • LewisSD

    anyone else buying this on day 1??

    • lensgrabber

      ME ME ME

    • https://www.facebook.com/max.chen2 MC_Android

      Nope, with my experience with Asus tablets (Nexus 7, Transformer Prime, Transformer Infinity), I'm weary of its build and hardware quality. I'll let tech reviewers and people like you to test the water for me.

      • LewisSD

        This does seems like a solid device but I can see why you are hesitant. I on the other hand, will be buying this on day/hour one and rooting/unlocking the bootloader to customize the shit out of it. My Moto Xoom has just about had it and its time for an upgrade.

        • Hothfox

          Yeah, I think I'd use a tablet more often if I didn't have to continuously make sure I was on the most up to date CM 10.1 and find the appropriate Gapps for the Xoom, and then go find a custom kernel. Even with all that, it's slow and laggy.

          I'm really considering purchasing this guy.

          • LewisSD

            Try wiping dalvik cache, and cache every once in a while. It actually helped my xoom a lot with the lagging issue.

    • Jacob Dagenais


    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

      I bought it on day -1.

  • Biff

    Thanks for the pictures, but I would have been a little more interested in seeing it compared to the old nexus 7, instead of the 10

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

      One was not readily available, sorry.

    • Budo

      Yeah, I'm interested in the weight difference. Since the new one is 3mm thinner, it's probably significantly lighter. I wonder how it translates to battery size/life, though.

  • Evan Jenkins

    I know this is probably a very long shot. but do you think that the new one will work with the old accessories like the dock?

    • miri

      No pogo pins. I hear it has wireless charging, though.

  • miri

    That's gorgeous. All I can ask for is a proper official "Smart cover" case at or near launch.

  • gregwlsn

    Wireless charging?

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii


    • http://the-jade-domain.com Jaime J. Denizard

      Confirmed by this morning's presentation. Cheers

  • miri

    I wonder what DAC it has. The current Nexus 7's isn't all that great. If by some miracle it has a wolfson, I might just lose it.

    • Stacey Liu

      It's probably using the standard Qualcomm DAC integrated into Snapdragons. I've read that it's almost as good as the Wolfsons.

  • Michael McIntosh

    after the nexus 7 ehhh, I don't really want to do another Asus Android device tbh.

    I'm more excited at the prospect of my nexus 10 getting fixed in the 4.3 update.

  • Ray

    Really, really, really... WANT!!!

  • Ryan

    no microsd slot?

    • Craig Hawkins

      Not on a Nexus device, no.

    • Sox05

      Ummm it's a Nexus.

  • Jonathan


  • yankeesusa

    What I don't understand is, no hdmi out. It's a no if that's the case. I'd rather get the hisense pro 7 and save some money.

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii


      • yankeesusa

        Didn't know that. I guess I will have to see the reviews to see if its worth it. I keep forgetting this tablet is supposed to be affordable and that's why they didn't cram a bunch of stuff into it. I think they should have kept it at $200. I think for some reason I feel like trying the hisense pro 7. I like to try new things.

  • myhtpc

    does anybody have infos about the weight of the new version? Is it coming below 300g?

    • QWERTY

      Nexus 7 2 is approximately 30g lighter than the previous version

  • Mark Rich

    meet the old boss, same as the old boss.....

  • niiiiick

    Any news on wireless charging?

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

      Doesn't look like it.

  • perfectlyreasonabletoo

    Find out if it can use USB OTG

    • justin

      i truly don't know much about this stuff, but with everyone saying it uses the same cpu as the nexus 4, wouldn't that mean this should be able to do otg, since the 4 can? hoping for it, too!

      • replyer

        Nexus 4 does not support OTG, it cannot deliver the required 5V. I don't think it has to do with the SoC tho.

        • http://the-jade-domain.com Jaime J. Denizard

          It has nothing to do with the SoC, it's exactly what you said: It can't provide the required power. There's a thread on XDA where you flash a kernel that has OTG enabled and then you plug in a Y-cable instead of a regular OTG cable and use some kind of other device to provide the power (wall plug, external battery, etc). It seems to work fine from what I've seen, but I've never tried it. I wish it just worked out of the box like it does on the old Nexus 7. Hopefully this new Nexus 7 also has it where it just works out of the box.

          Can the leaker confirm though? That's one of the features I want this tablet for.

  • caclark74

    I traded my first gen Nexus 7 for a Galaxy Note 10.1. The new Nexus 7 most likely won't steer me away.

  • AnthonyRyan89

    I'm so glad I bought my N7 at office depot and got the 2yr protection plan because I'm going go call them say the screen is broken get back my $199 then pay the difference for the 2nd Gen N7

    • Tom

      From where I come from that's called "fraud".

  • yeye

    So this have build JWR66N, same as the old S4 GE leak. The new leak is LWR66V. Seems odd that they are shipping it with an older version. Maybe an OTA will come shortly?

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

      No, it's more likely that the new leak was a test build that was made after the final software was locked in.

  • Boudin

    The bezels don't look that big anymore

  • Thomas’

    So they even improved the unboxing of the device? ;-)

  • valapsp

    I dont have the money so im waiting for the giveaways>

  • Verified Asshole

    So, in the video... the dude focuses on changing wallpapers, rather than show us some of the benchmarks running. Fabulous.

  • tauerman

    The bottom bezel is so ridiculously thick

  • Thomas Cai Jinzhan

    Any 3G/4G data version? Only wifi?

  • milden


  • Mario Miniaci

    Pushpins? Dock compatibility?

    • yesman


  • SpeakerQ

    How are the speakers? Compared to a HTC One or previous Nexus4/7 ?

    • qwerty

      The new nexus 7 has two stereo speakers, so we can expect that the speakers will produce better and louder sound than the first version

  • Miah

    My level of excitement as decreased dramatically. :(

  • Steve Freeman

    Looks like the micro-USB port is still backwards... (Or at least backwards from what my Galaxy Nexus is.)

  • za

    its design looks bad ... web browing in landscape mode sucks so bad on original nexus 7 i thought for sure they would make screen bigger. This one not better designed than the original .

  • Anuraj J Pillai

    gift this to me