Nov 1, 2012

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Nexus 7 vs Nexus 10: How do they compare

Initially unveiled during Google’s annual developer conference in June 2012, Nexus 7 was only made available in Singapore at the end of September. Looking at today’s pace of product rollout and innovation, 3 months lag between product unveiling and its availability seems like a long long time. Less than one month after Nexus 7 release in Singapore, Google unveiled Nexus 10.

Nexus 7

When I talked to most people, not many can pinpoint exactly what are the main differences between Nexus 7 and 10, other than their screen sizes. Obviously, based on the number alone, we can tell that Nexus 7 is a 7-inch device while Nexus 10 is a 10-inch device. Does the size of the device alone justify the US$200 price difference between the two? Absolutely not. There are significant differences between the two and they are best summarized in the table below.

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Nexus 7 Logo Nexus 10 Logo
Screen Dimension 7″ 10.055″
Screen Resolution 1280×800  2560×1600
Screen Pixel Density 216ppi  300ppi
Screen Material Corning glass Corning Gorilla Glass 2
Number of Cameras 1 2
Rear Camera  N.A. 5MP
Front Camera 1.2MP 1.9MP
WiFi  Yes Yes (MIMO)
Bluetooth  Yes Yes
3G HSPA+  Optional No
Storage  16GB | 32GB 16GB | 32GB
RAM  1GB 2GB
CPU NVDIA® Tegra® 3 Quad-core Dual-core A15
GPU N.A. Mali T604
OS Android 4.1 Jelly Bean Android 4.2 Jelly Bean
Connectivity Micro USB Micro USB
Magnetic Pogo Pin Charger
Micro HDMI
3.5mm headphone jack
Battery 4,325mAh 9,000 mAh
Weight 340g 603g

From the table comparison above, it is easy to see the differences between Nexus 7 and Nexus 10. In plain words, Nexus 10 has a bigger screen, twice higher screen resolution with much higher pixel density, twice the number of camera and twice the RAM size of Nexus 7. In terms of OS, Nexus 10 comes with a newer version of Android 4.2 Jelly Bean. Nexus 10 is a computing beast equipped with A15 and dedicated GPU which is non-present in Nexus 7.

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These are features that I think set the two Nexus apart. How much do you pay for these additional features? US$200 if you bought it from the U.S. Play Store. I’m not sure how much will it convert to S$. My guess is somewhere between S$300 to S$350. Since the 16GB Nexus 7 is selling at S$399, we could be looking at S$749-S$849 when Nexus 10 makes its landing in Singapore.

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