Nexus 7 (2013) vs Nexus 7 (2012) benchmarks show one clear winner

by: Chris SmithJuly 25, 2013

Nexus 7

The newly announced Nexus 7 (2013) tablet has been put through various benchmark tests alongside its predecessor, and came out a clear winner, as expected.

During its media event the other day, Google mentioned that the new Nexus 7 will offer an improved performance when compared to the first-gen tablet, saying that the device is 80% faster than the 2012 model when it comes to processor speeds and delivers a graphics performance that’s four times better.

Android Police put the new Nexus 7 and the old model (running Android 4.3 and Android 4.2) through a couple of tests including Geekbench 2 and Androbench.

In Geekbench 2, the new Nexus 7 outscored its predecessor in every test, whether it’s integer performance, floating point performance, memory performance and stream performance, obtaining an overall score of 2650, which is almost twice what the Nexus 7 (2012) got – 1344. The new Nexus 7 also outscored the Nexus 10 in the same test.

Nexus 7

The Androbench memory benchmark told a similar story, with the new Nexus 7 crushing the first-generation model in a very important internal storage speed test. According to the results obtained, the new Nexus 7 “five times faster on sequential reads, 2x faster on random reads, and about 1.5x faster on both sequential and random write operations.”

  • Misti curia

    How does this beat the nexus 4? I’m guessing Google really worked hard on the kernel implementation because in most other s4 pro chip sets had terrible kernel implementation

    • Andrew T Roach

      Yes you’re right on the money most kernels made the S4 pro extremely hot.

      • Daniel

        What is a kernel?

        • Misti curia

          Software that controls the hardware functions of the device and act as a sort of bridge between hardware and software

        • EvenInTheDarkestHour

          Who votes a man down for asking a question? We were all noobs once. Most don’t bother to ask, just blather on in ignorance.

  • Nickan Fayyazi

    Why do both Geekbench images show the device being used as having a Tegra 3? The new N7 has a Snapdragon S4 Pro.

  • Chris

    How is the Nexus 4 beating out the note 3 and s4? .. Didn’t even know the N3 had a score yet

    • Misti curia

      What? Its not its beating note 2 and s3

      • Daniel DS

        It does, look again @misticuria:disqus

        • Misti curia

          What am I lookingat? TThe geekbench scores?

  • Alex Zhao

    Just thinking the screen size is bigger, so you have 2.25 times pixels to render, would 80% faster processor enough to process this?Or force it to use hardware acceleration.

    • john

      When they say 80% increase, I’m not sure whether that is the CPU performance or the GPU combined-former I guess, as there still is no comprehensive benchmark for both.

      Screen size? You mean the resolution? Seeing how most S4 phones are of 1080p, I doubt S4 Pro would have any difficulty.

      Does anyone know if the Geekbench do any of the “Blended” tests like Mersenne prime number search?

    • nate

      The CPU is 1.8x faster and the GPU is 4x faster

  • Bryan Z

    This article is almost irrelevant I mean it’s obvious the new nexus is going to be better otherwise it’d be stupid to come out with something less valuable than it’s previous version

    • blackjaguar25

      But it’s nice to know how much better, no?

      • Bryan Z

        Yes I suppose

  • Ronak

    I still haven’t got my 4.3 update for Nexus 4 :/

    • EvenInTheDarkestHour

      I wonder if 4.3 will have any significant effect on the BM score comparison?

  • districtjack

    Funny how geekbench reports your device at 1344 yet further down the chart reports the “Nexus 7” at 1479. Lol. The benchmark tests are never totally accurate, but they do give a general assessment of speed and performance compared to other devices. The new nexus 7 looks impressive though.

  • Andrew T Roach

    What’s interesting is the score itself. 2650 is a lot higher than other S4 Pro phones from the end of last year.