How to distinguish Nexus 7 (2012) and Nexus 7 (2013)

  • I am having trouble with Bluetooth Low Energy (BT 4.0) on a Nexus 7. I think I may have a 2012 model.

    How to tell if I have a 2012 or 2013 version of the Nexus 7?

    Look at the back. If you can read "Nexus" while the tablet is in a portrait orientation, it's the 2012 model. If it's sideways, it's the 2013.

    @Krampus That's a really good, concise answer. If you were to post it as an answer, I for one would upvote it.

    It does have the virtue of not requiring the unit to be powered on. But dotVezz's answer has images which show this anyway.

    BTW the 2012 model is NOT BT 4.0 (BLE, Smart Ready, etc...) compatible, even though it can be upgraded to android 4.3. The 2013 model is BT 4.0 compatible.

    Just see if the tablet has a rear camera!! if it has its 2013 model. ENOUGH SAID

  • dotVezz

    dotVezz Correct answer

    7 years ago

    There are several physical differences

    • Most notable is the different orientations of the "Nexus" logo.
    • The 2013 model drops the dimpled texture on the back.
    • The 2013 model also has a camera on the back, which the 2012 model lacks.
    • The 2013 model has a notification LED on the front, which the 2012 model lacks.
    • The 2013 model has a speaker grille on the top for stereo sound in landscape, while the 2012 model only has the bottom speaker grille.


    The 2013 Model has a large, vertically-aligned logo.


    The 2012 model has a small, horizontally-aligned logo.

    Looking at those images the 2013 model also has a front camera and a notification led, both of which the 2012 model lack.

    With android 4.3 my build number on a 2013 model is JWR66N. Maybe the "razor" refers to a different android version?

    @monzie Thanks. I must have been confused - I have now removed that part of the answer.

    @bmdixon — Don't you mean a back camera?

    Yeah, I spotted that after posting but couldn't edit it. It's right in the answer though :)

    @monzie "razor" is the board/device codename; it's unfortunately not displayed on that screen. But you can see it at for example. I don't think it displays anywhere in the stock About screen

    @derobert, he was referring to an incorrect statement that was in my answer. I've removed it since.

    @dotVezz I know, I looked at the edit history... Its only half-wrong; they do indeed refer to the 2012 and 2013 models... They just aren't displayed. It'd be even better if they just clarified the model number on the screen, to "Nexus 7 (2012)" and "Nexus 7 (2013)". [I assume they don't; I only have a Nexus 5 and Nexus 10 in front of me to check.]

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