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Nexus 9 vs. Nexus 7 (2013) Spec Shootout: A Worthy Upgrade?

by Todd Haselton | October 15, 2014October 15, 2014 1:00 pm PDT

Google unveiled the Nexus 9 on Wednesday, a brand new tablet built by HTC that will run the latest version of Android. Google will release its new version of Android to the Nexus 7 (2013), too, however, so there’s probably one big question in your head: is it a worthy upgrade? We can’t answer for certain, of course, without spending some hands-on time with Google’s new tablet. That said, we can indeed compare the two tablets side-by-side.

We’ve built the below tables to show you how the specs of the Nexus 9 compare to the Nexus 7. Obviously there are plenty of bumps, including in the processor and screen size. But what about everything else? Hopefully these charts answer some of those burning questions.

Nexus 7 (2013) Gallery

Nexus 9 Gallery

Google - Nexus 7 (2013) HTC - Nexus 9
Display Size 7.02-inch, 1200 x 1920 pixel display (323 ppi) 8.9-inch, 1536 x 2048 pixel display (288 ppi)
Resolution X 1200 1536
Resolution Y 1920 2048
Display Type IPS IPS LCD
Operating System Android 4.3 (at launch) Android 5.0 (at launch)
Processor 1.5GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro 2.3 GHz NVIDIA Tegra K1
  • 16GB
  • 32GB
  • 16GB
  • 32GB
External Storage No No
Main Camera (Back) 5MP 8MP
Secondary Camera (Front) 1.2MP 1.6MP
Bluetooth Bluetooth 4.0 Bluetooth 4.0
Battery 3950 mAh 6700mAh
NFC Yes Yes
  • 3.5mm Headphone jack
  • HDMI Out
  • Micro USB
  • 3.5mm Headphone jack
  • Mini USB
  • Accelerometer
  • Ambient light
  • Gyroscope
  • Accelerometer
  • Gyroscope
  • Magnetometer
  • Digital compass
  • GPS
  • GPS
Height 200 mm (7.87 inches) 8.9 inches (22.61 cm)
Width 114 mm (4.49 inches) 6.05 inches (15.37 cm)
Depth 8.65 mm (0.34 inches) 0.31 inches (7.9 mm)
Weight 290 g (10.23 oz) 425 g (14.99 oz)
Colors Black Black, Gold, White
Supported Audio Formats N/A MPEG-4 AAC (AAC LC), MPEG-4 HE AAC (AAC+), MPEG-4 HE AACv2 (enhanced AAC+), AAC ELD (enhanced low delay AAC), AMR-NB, AMR-WB, FLAC, MP3, MIDI Types 0 and 1, Vorbis, PCM/WAV, Opus
Supported Video Formats N/A H.263, H.264 AVC, H.265 HEVC, MPEG-4, VP8, VP9
Other Features
  • Wireless Charging built-in (Qi compatible)
In The Box
  • Wall Adapter
  • Micro USB Cable
  • Quick Start Guide

Todd Haselton

Todd Haselton has been writing professionally since 2006 during his undergraduate days at Lehigh University. He started out as an intern with...