Walmart rolls back second generation Nexus 7 prices to the 2012 level


The world's biggest retailer has the Nexus 7 (second generation) tablet on sale, pricing it at the price of the first-generation device.

The 2012 version of the Nexus 7 sold for $199. The Walmart price rollback, so to speak, gives the second generation Nexus 7, an FHD tablet, the same $199.99 price. The 16GB WiFi-only Nexus 7 (second generation) normally sells for $229 at Google's Play Store, and at Walmart for $229.99 (but who is quibbling over $0.99?). Shipping is free, as is store pickup. Naturally, Walmart charges sales tax in most states.

The second generation Nexus 7 improves on the first device in almost every way. For one, last year's Nexus 7 lacked a rear-facing camera. In addition, the screen resolution received a huge boost, from 1280 x 800 in 2012 to the FHD (full HD) resolution of the 2013 edition, at 1920 x 1200. In addition, the new device gets a RAM boost, with its memory being doubled, from 1GB of RAM in the 2012 version to 2GB of RAM in the 2013 edition.

The tablet will ship with Android 4.3, but these devices have already been updated to Android 4.4 (KitKat).

Here are the specifications for the 2013 Nexus 7 WiFi-only tablet with 16GB of internal storage.

Technical Specifications:

  • 1.5GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro 8064 processor
  • 2GB DDR3LM of system memory
  • 7-inch touchscreen with anti-fingerprint technology, 1920 x 1200 resolution
  • Built-in 802.11a/b/g/n WiFi and Bluetooth v4.0

Additional Features:

  • Rear-facing 5MP camera and front-facing 1.2MP webcam with microphone, auto-focus and digital zoom
  • Slimport, Headphone jack
  • 16GB on-board storage memory
  • Two Dolby speakers
  • Digital compass, GPS, gyroscope, accelerometer, ambient light sensor
  • Up to 10 hours of run time on a full charge
  • Weighs 0.7 lbs; 4.5" x 7.9" x 0.3" dimensions

Software and Applications:

  • Android 4.3 OS (Jelly Bean)
  • Search, Search by Voice 2.1, Gmail, Contact Sync, Calendar Sync, Talk, Maps, Street View, News & Weather, YouTube, Movie Studio, Android Market
  • Adobe Flash Player, Quickoffice viewer, Android browser and Google Play (for applications)
  • Android Music Player
  • Media Formats: AAC, H.263, H.264, MP3, MIDI, MPEG-4, ACC+ Enhanced, MIDI, AMR-NB, AMR-WB, AAC+, WAVE, Ogg Vorbis , WMA
  • What's in the Box:
  • Tablet and AC adapter

The 2013 edition of the Nexus 7 is built for Google by Asus, which also built the 2012 edition. The device runs Android, to be sure, but a stock version of Android, meaning it will be updated fairly quickly to new releases, avoiding the problems of Android fragmentation that other devices have.