The ASUS-built Nexus 7 has been on the market for a long time, and the hardware is definitely showing its age. It was announced last year at Google I/O, and at this year’s Google I/O, a successor was absent from the show. Since then, we’ve been waiting to hear more official information.
We’ve seen a mysterious device called the ASUS k009 before, often being labeled as a Nexus device. It went through both the FCC and Bluetooth certification, showing off specs like a Snapdragon 600 processor (a departure from NVIDIA Tegra chips). But it’s been awfully quiet from ASUS.
Contacting support, one user happened on an ASUS rep that seemed to be very knowledgeable about the k009. Claiming to have obtained some internal specs that were not meant for the public, he described them to a user. Here is what he said:
- 7-inch LED display with a 1920 x 1200 resolution
- Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 quad core processor
- 2GB of RAM
- 32GB of storage
- 5MP rear camera and 1.2MP front facing camera
- Android 4.3
- 4,000mAh battery
- WiFi a/b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.0 and NFC
- LTE/WCDMA/GSM support
If these specs are legit, they’re pretty darn nice for a cheap tablet! We just hope that Google can retain a sub-$250 price point, because the Nexus line is one of the only series of devices that provides high-end hardware at a low-end price.
Maybe Google is saving 4.3 until the announcement/release of the Nexus 7 successor. Maybe Google is just waiting for the hell of it. Tell us, what do you think of these specs? Would you buy a device like this? And do you think this is real?