Google’s “New Nexus 7” Tablet – What to Expect

With less than 24 hours till the “Breakfast with Sundar Pichai” event where Google is expected to announce the new Nexus 7 tablet as well as showcase Android 4.3, let’s give a rundown of what we know so far and then as always play the waiting game to see what’s true and what’s not.

 

 

It’s been just over a year since the current Nexus 7 was unveiled to us at Google I/O, last year, so Google will be looking to refresh this tablet, with it’s second generation variant, due to be announced tomorrow, according to speculation. At this point, nothing is certain so take everything with a pinch of salt, and wait (with us) for the official announcement tomorrow.

New Nexus 7 Press Render (Image Credit: AndroidPolice)

New Nexus 7 Press Render (Image Credit: AndroidPolice)

For starters, what will the name be? Calling it “Nexus 7 2”, will not only be misleading for consumers but also retailers and it would be hard to market the device with this name. “Nexus 7 2nd Generation” or “Nexus 7 (2013)” or even “New Nexus 7” a la Apple, would make more sense and be better for marketing. However, in that instance, what would the third generation be called, “new new nexus 7”? But that’s an issue for another day and year. Moving on from the name, people are most excited about the specifications so let’s take a closer look.

New Nexus 7 Press Render (Image Credit: AndroidPolice)

New Nexus 7 Press Render (Image Credit: AndroidPolice)

Let’s start with the display, now the current Nexus 7 display isn’t bad, it’s a bit mediocre for you pixel pushers at just  216ppi, but it gets the job done. However, for this upcoming Nexus 7 2nd Generation, rumours indicate, we’ll be seeing a 1920 x 1200 resolution display in the same 7″ form factor, which gives it a pixel density of 323, the highest pixel density on a tablet, even besting Google’s own Nexus 10 tablet which has a pixel density of 300 ppi.  Let’s move right on to the processor, the current Nexus 7 has an NVIDIA Tegra 3 Chip clocked at 1.2 GHz, for this new Nexus 7, we can expect to see a bumped up 1.5 GHz Quad Core processor, thought to be the Snapdragon S4 Pro. Although we have to say, it would be amazing if this tablet had the highly anticipated and quite beastly Snapdragon 800 processor, it could still happen, it’s just doubtful.

New Nexus 7 Press Render (Image Credit: AndroidPolice)

New Nexus 7 Press Render (Image Credit: AndroidPolice)

Cameras wise, the new nexus 7 is expected to have a front facing 1.2 MP Camera, same as last year’s model, ideal for Google Hangouts and the like, as well as a rear facing 5 MP Camera, but who really takes pictures with a tablet in 2013? Really? An interesting rumour comes from the fact that a recent link showed this upcoming tablet as having SlimPort functionality, enabling you to output video to a TV at 1080p, as opposed to the standard micro HDMI, very interesting. This upcoming tablet will also have stereo speakers on the back like last year’s model and also is said to bring about wireless charging right out of the box.

The press renders show that ASUS will once again be the manufacturer, which I’m happy about because they did a good job with the current generation, albeit some loose screen issues. However, I was a fan of the “dimpled” carbon texture back, and it seems like that might not have made it to this year’s model. One other annoyance with the current Nexus 7 is that the power button and volume rocker were too close to each other, making it easy to mispress one or the other. From the press renders above, you can hopefully see that they’re more spaced out this time round. One thing that puzzles me, is why is the “nexus” word vertical compared to the horizontal one on the current generation? Your move, Google.

Another thing from the pictures above you might notice is that white dot in the bottom centre, what is this for? Well it seems fairly similar to the leaked Moto X video from Rogers, and this is probably an LED notification light, which will pulse as you get incoming messages or tweets or emails etc. Software wise, the next generation Nexus 7 is expected to ship with Android 4.3, a dot update to Android 4.2.2 JellyBean, rumoured to bring about some bug fixes and perhaps BlueTooth Low Energy.

Leaked Best Buy ad (Image Credit: PhoneArena)

Leaked Best Buy ad (Image Credit: PhoneArena)

As for pricing and availability, a recent circular leak from a Best Buy (Set to run on July 28th) suggests $229.99 for the 16 GB model, that’s £149.85 for us brits, with an availability of  “Tuesday”, which points to July 30th for general availability. A 32 GB model is also expected for $269, and maybe an LTE variant as well, we’ll just have to wait and see.

Google’s “Breakfast with Sundar Pichai” event kicks off tomorrow at 9 AM PT or 5 PM BST for us in the UK, and while TeckComesFirst won’t be at the event, we’ll be doing a livestream, giving our thoughts and opinions as the event unfolds. The event will also be livestreamed on Google’s YouTube channel. Check with us a few days after the event for our detailed thoughts as well as a recap of the official announcement(s).


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Written by Purav, PDTechHD (My personal account is PDTalkinTech)

So what do you guys think of the new Nexus 7 based on the rumoured specifications and image leaks? Are you excited for this tablet or not? Let us know in the comment section below.

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  • AppleInvestigator

    Great article man.

  • Kumaran Ganesh

    As usual great write up. Can’t wait to see the tablet in person!

  • Such a great article Nice roundup and it flows perfectly. I’m so excited for this device!

  • Kingconisawsome

    Great article man! Covers everything and gets me exited for the device!

  • Yahya

    awesome article bro the new nexsus 7 looks pretty cool i might pick one up

  • NaijaMan

    Another awesome written piece dude. You would be surprised at the number of people who record videos and take pictures with their tablets. Just a week or 2 ago, I saw a young woman using an Android tablet to record a performance at my sister’s school haha; so it’s not uncommon to find such tasks being done in 2013.
    I can’t wait to get my hands on this device when it launches.

  • Marshall Steeves

    Brilliant article, Purav. It will indeed be interesting to see how Google makes improvements upon their current seven inch tablet.

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