It’s interesting to see how Google has managed to produce a bigger version of the LG-built Google Nexus 4 smartphone with a better display (but no voice capabilities) and some added goodies, for nearly a third less (£287 vs. £200 for the 16GB version).
Both come with the same Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro system-on-chip launched early 2012, the APQ8064A, a quad-core model clocked at 1.5GHz with an Adreno 320 GPU clocked at 400MHz, one which is way more powerful than the GeForce GPU in the Nvidia Tegra 3 used in the original Nexus 7.
Other commonalities include 2GB of RAM, NFC (AKA Android Beam), a similar pixel density (around 320ppi) Dual-band Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0, a front-facing camera, Corning Gorilla Glass and a Slimport connector.
In addition, the new Nexus 7 includes wireless charging (Qi technology), a battery that’s almost twice the size of the S4’s (3.95Ah compared to 2.1Ah) and perhaps most importantly, optional 4G LTE connectivity, something that isn’t even available on the Nexus 4.
Sure, the Nexus 4 has a camera with a higher resolution (8mp vs. 5mp) but bar the screen which determines the form factor, the two devices have a lot in common.
This brings up one crucial question; will someone ever come up with a hack to transform the LTE version into the best value-for-money phablet on the market? Even at £250, a hacked version of the new Nexus 7 would have absolutely no competition in this price range.
And for those who wonder that would compare to the other phablets on the market. The Sony Xperia Z Ultra costs more than £600 and weighs 212g while the Asus Fonepad retails for £179 and weighs in at a whopping 340g.