The real highlight of the new Nexus 7 is of course the much higher resolution display. At 1920x1200 the Nexus 7 is now the highest resolution 7-inch tablet. This new IPS panel is made by JDI (Japan Display Inc) and boasts better viewing angles, 30 percent more gamut than the previous one, and of course better dot pitch of 323 PPI. Alongside that the new Nexus 7 also doesn’t have the always-on dynamic brightness and contrast (NVIDIA Prism / smartdimmer) that many including myself found frustrating with the original Nexus 7. On the new version the equivalent functions are enabled only during full screen video playback. This is a huge improvement since with the feature enabled on the previous Nexus 7 I always felt that greens were undersaturated and some dynamic range clipped.


I did a lot of asking around about how Google calibrates its panels, and was told that in the case of the Nexus 7 there are two stages. The first is the calibration done by JDI on the panel at a high level, the second is an additional calibration at time of manufacture, per device. This sort of thing is relatively standard, but I’ve always been curious about what stages cost extra money – certainly it’s a baseline expectation for the panel supplier to supply a close-enough LUT, but getting Delta E even lower I’m told requires additional expenditure.

CalMAN Display Performance - Gamut Average dE 2000

CalMAN Display Performance - Grayscale Average dE 2000

CalMAN Display Performance - Gretag Macbeth Average dE 2000

CalMAN Display Performance - Saturations Average dE 2000

CalMAN Display Performance - White Point Average

Display Brightness - Black Level

Display Brightness - White Level

Display Contrast Ratio

It turns out that the new Nexus 7 is actually very close to sRGB this time around, with overall gamut being just a bit bigger than the sRGB color space. In the GMB Delta-E and saturations Delta-E measures, arguably the two most relevant for color accuracy, the new Nexus 7 is second only to the iPad 4, and better than the iPad Mini in color accuracy, a significant step forwards from its predecessor.

The new Nexus 7 also goes very bright, up to 583 nits, with excellent contrast of 1273. This is again not achieved using any dynamic contrast cheating since those functions are thoughtfully disabled.

On the display side of things I’m very pleased with how far the Nexus 7 has come, and it’s obvious that display quality was a big focus for the 2013 model.

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  • Krysto - Saturday, July 27, 2013 - link

    It looks like Adreno 330 will be pretty close in performance to AMD's Kabini. Reply
  • FwFred - Saturday, July 27, 2013 - link

    At what power level? Temash level power for Temash level performance with an Ivy Bridge die size. Amazing! Reply
  • vailr - Saturday, July 27, 2013 - link

    Any rumors on whether Amazon will be updating their Kindle Fire HD soon? Note that: Amazon's $200 8.9" Android tablet has had stereo speakers for almost a year now. Would also be nice if they could add an SD memory slot to the Kindle Fire HD. Reply
  • Krysto - Saturday, July 27, 2013 - link

    Amazon's 1080p 8.9" Kindle Fire was $300, and it's $270 right now it seems. Reply
  • tom300 - Saturday, July 27, 2013 - link

    I find it hilarious that Brian's Nexus 7 mini-review is 10x more in-depth than The Verge's full "review" (if you can call it that). Nice job as always. Reply
  • Alpeshkh - Saturday, July 27, 2013 - link

    My thoughts exactly! Reply
  • Krysto - Saturday, July 27, 2013 - link

    Not only that, but there are a lot of inaccuracies in the Verge review, too, such as all the talk about whether it will slow down or not in the future, without even knowing why the first one was slowing down in the first place, and researching the issue. Reply
  • phillyry - Tuesday, July 30, 2013 - link

    Ya. Tweeted @piercedavid about that one, just in case he hadn't read the anandtech mini review since posting his own. Reply
  • Nimer55 - Saturday, July 27, 2013 - link

    I think I could have written the Verge review; i didn't learn anything i hadn't learnt while reading the hands on. It was mostly a "my experience with tablets and reading on them + nexus 7 (2012) problems + Nexus 7 (2013) hands on. " Reply
  • phillyry - Tuesday, July 30, 2013 - link

    I, personally, like the hands on feel that The Verge's reviews go for.

    I find that that combined with the detail here on anandtech give a nice Type A-Type B balance.
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