Limited time Best Buy deal: Nexus 7 (2013) price rolled back below 2012 levels

Nexus 7

Giant electronics, computer, and video game retailer Best Buy has the 16GB WiFi-only Nexus 7 -- the 2013 edition -- on sale for $194.99, which is a $35 from its normal price on Google's Play Store.

The deal can be found here. Best Buy charges sales tax in most states.

Google introduced the Nexus 7 (2013 edition) relatively recently. It improves on the 2012 edition in a number of ways. With this deal, Best Buy brings the price of the 2013 model down below the original price of the 2012 edition (which was $199.99).

The 2013 version of the Nexus 7 is a significant upgrade to the hardware. It ships with Android 4.3, the latest, with a 1920 x 1200 screen resolution that supplies full 1080p (full HD or FHD). In comparison to the iPad mini with Retina display, the Nexus 7 (2013) loses out in terms of pure pixels, as the iPad mini has a 2048 x 1536 resolution. However, the mini has a 7.9-inch display.

Given that, the PPI on the iPad mini's display is 324, while that of the Nexus 7's display is 323. Last year's Nexus 7 had only a 1280 x 800 screen for a 219 PPI measurement.

It adds a 5MP rear-facing camera (the 2012 edition lacked a rear camera) and a 1.2MP front-facing camera. The addition of the rear-facing camera means that unlike last year's model, Google has not skimped at all on the 2013 Nexus 7 (skimped in order to keep the price down, that is). Additional specs just emphasize that truth.

The new Nexus 7 also sports stereo speakers, powered by Fraunhofer, who invented the MP3 format.

The CPU is a quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro, running at 1.5GHz. Graphics are ably rendered by the GPU, an Adreno 320 running at 400MHz. The device also receives another upgrade, with 2GB of RAM vs. the 1GB in the original Nexus 7.

In addition, the 2013 Nexus 7 sports:

  • GPS
  • Gyroscope
  • Accelerometer
  • Compass
  • Ambient Light

This discount applies to the wi-fi version. Google recently introduced two different LTE models, one which supports the AT&T network, and the other which supports the T-Mobile network.

It is unclear how long this deal will last. Best Buy offers free shipping on orders above $25, also reducing the effective price of the device.

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