Jan 29 AT 11:39 PM Dustin Earley 62 Comments

Rumor: Next Nexus 7 to feature full HD display, release at I/O


Over the last several years, Google has established a yearly release cycle for Nexus phones. So it stands to reason that Nexus tablets will receive the same treatment. The first Nexus 7 was released at last year’s Google I/O, which means that about three months from now, we should be seeing a follow-up device. Today, we get our first rumor on just what that device will come with and when it will be released.

According to the hot-and-cold rumormonger Digitimes, Google will be working with Asus again for the next Nexus 7, which will boast a, “full HD resolution and an industrial design with a thinner display boarder,” along with, “Google’s upgraded Jelly Bean-based Android operating system.” Additional information from the source included a price range of $199-$249, and a May release date.

Digitimes has often been wrong in the past, but they’ve been right too. If we break this rumor down, we can see that most of it makes sense. If Google were to release a new Nexus 7 before fall 2013, I/O, in May, would be a great time to do so. And a higher-resolution display would be more affordable now, so it could be included without driving up the price of the Nexus 7.

The only part of the rumor that’s questionable is the redesign mentioned, and the OS. Matias Duarte was very proud of the fact that the bezel on the Nexus 7 was designed a certain way. Mimicking a book made it comfortable and easy to hold. According to the rumor, Google will be shrinking those bezels. And then there’s the OS the new Nexus 7 will reportedly run, an updated version of Jelly Bean. While it’s certainly possibly that Google won’t make the jump to Key Lime Pie yet, last I/O is when Jelly Bean was announced. It would be odd if no new major version of Android was detailed at this year’s I/O.

What do you think of the new Nexus rumors? Do you plan on getting one?

Via: Phandroid

Source: Digitimes

Dustin Earley: Tech enthusiast; avid gamer; all around jolly guy.

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  • Andrew Palozzo

    As the owner of a broken Nexus 7, and now a working nexus 10.. I was hoping the successor would fall somewhere in-between the two in size… Like 8-9″inches..

    Either way I’ll probably upgrade from the n10 to the new n7, because the 7 was so much more comfortable to hold.

    • James H Russell

      I’d doubt they’d go between at all. I have to wonder if they’ll just stick with the number names from now on. “Nexus 4, 7, 10.” We’ll see what the next smartphone is called as to whether or not I’m right on that.

      • Dylan

        nexus 4.1? nexus 4-2? nexus 5?

        • wyatt

          how about the motorola neXus? i’m dreaming of an across the board release of a nexus device.

        • James Russell

          No. The numbers indicate the size of the screen, pretty much.

          • محمود

            Numbers tell screen size in tablets not the phone ! In the phone it was more like the 4′th generation Nexus !!

      • Pete

        I’m thinking NexusSeven 2, NexusTen 2, NexusPhone 5 – something along those lines?

    • Kelly81

      My new iPad mini is the best, its fantabulous!
      I heard the nexus corporation doesnt have the sophisticated technology like Apple.
      I rather trust american brands….


      • woody

        yea kelly good job getting ripped off and buying last years technology at a premium price

      • Vic

        “The nexus corporation”???

      • Ryan Oboryshko

        iPad Minis are made in China.

    • Suzi Matola

      I already bought the Nexus 7 HD for $242. Does this mean that there is going to be an even better one, or do I already have what they are coming. out with?

      • Mine’s Better

        Oh, sorry to disappoint you, But I bought the Nexus 7 HD+² for $241.

        • sue

          where can this be bought?

  • James H Russell

    I won’t get one, I’ll be a Surface Pro guy once I get one. I am interested, though, in the OS in particular as a Nexus 4 owner. A 4.3 would make some sense, though, because massive OS releases tend to come out in November with new phones. I would argue that the smartphone cycle is semi-annual (twice yearly?), with a brand-new model in November and a refresh of that device in May or so that comes with the “spiffed up” version of the OS that came out last November. Granted, though, they decided to do a 4.2 rather than a 5.0 last November, which sort of screwed it up.

    • pjamies

      Not sure why you would just purchase a Nexus 4 and then a Surface Pro?
      Should you not have gone with a Mobile 8 phone instead?
      Yes, the Nexus 4 and Win8 are compatible as in the Surface can access Google mail, but would you not like to have the same experience on all of your platforms?

      • James Russell

        Windows Phone I don’t want. Firstly, nowhere near enough apps. Secondly, I love Nexus phones and Android 4.2 in particular. Microsoft is just too late to the game. Tablet-wise, I’ll pass on Android. I use Windows software and want to continue doing so. The Surface Pro seems like the best possible world in terms of Microsoft choosing and fully supporting the hardware spec, as well as having ink technologies and the full breadth of Windows software, which I don’t want to give up. There’s nothing on Windows Phone that I already am attached to — and there is much on Android that I am — so I’m gonna pass on WP. With Office soon to be on Android in at least some fashion anyway (OneNote already is), Microsoft is being forced to support Android (there are actually quite a few Microsoft-made apps now), so I think I’ll be fine.

  • Alex

    That’s old news.

  • Nate B.

    If it does come with an updated version of Jelly, I wonder what features it will have. That’s one of many things I like about Google. It can be a really small update and it comes with some neat features. Unlike Apple where they add things that should’ve been there or needs fixing.

  • KennyL

    I doubt Jellybean will get 3 revs and be 4.3. Everything else sounds plausible.

    • wyatt

      2.0, 2.1, 2.2, and 2.3 we all reasonable upgrades. they can certainly pull that off again. this iteration of the OS still feels fresh. i expect 4.3

    • James Russell

      They won’t go Key Lime Pie in mid-year. I’m sure there’ll be a 4.3 in May and 5.0 in November. The 2.x and 3.x releases support that.

  • mldi

    1) Digitimes is a horrible source
    2) Matias is 100% right about needing a bezel to hold onto. I could use about 1/8 – 1/4th of an inch more even, at least when held in portrait mode

    • Raptor

      Real bezel must be 1 mm or so just for drop protection. Larger one should be software virtual bezel. Mattias is just a Grand Copycat Extraordinaire. Nobody use bezel with all printed journals. Books mostly need one but that can be done in software you unicellular morons

  • Marco

    I love my nexus 7 (32gb 3g version) and I won’t upgrade it just for a higher res display. I’d think about that if it features tegra 4 and a slightly bigger screen (eg 7.7″) with no increase in tablet size

  • Tony

    Google, don’t p*** off all those who bought a Nexus 7 at launch, only to see it superseded less than a year later with some minor increments, (otherwise you’re no better than Apple).
    I mean, some of the accessories for it still haven’t even made the Play Store yet (dock, anyone?)
    Just wait a while and release a new Nexus 7 with more feature upgrades (higher res/density, more/better camera, more storage, Miracast etc…)

    • Diabsoud

      I agree… Honestly I felt a bit jilted when they released the 32GB version for 249 after I paid the same price for the 16GB only a few months before. Should have been 32GB in the first place. Save the increments for a new release!

    • brandon

      So Google should stop innovation, so they do not hurt your feelings?

      • jcommaroto

        I don’t understand the calls not to update it either. I love my Nexus 7, if this becomes just a minor refresh with the latest features for this price point, great, I won’t upgrade but I will be happy that they are keeping the product line up-to-date.

        If it is a major refresh then great, maybe I will consider upgrading to something that is revolutionary and even better. Meanwhile Google shows that it is staying ahead of the game and taking on the iPad and keeping committed to innovating.

        If they do nothing and just let the product line stagnate I won’t be happy. It would make me think I invested in something that the company has no interest in maintaining.

      • James Russell

        I think they should just stop releasing lame storage versions altogether. Who in their right mind would want an 8GB Nexus 4 or 7?

        • Roberto

          Probably the same people who might buy an 8GB Kindle Fire…


    I’d actually be OK with no new release of OS. It might be nice to help the fragmentation issue if jelly bean can be the newest version for a little while longer so a majority of devices are actually running the latest and greatest. That being said, I certainly wont turn down a new flavor of android, just that it could make some sense to slow down the OS releases given the greatness of jelly bean and the state of the android landscape.

  • Max.Steel

    I’m sick of these writers always asking for a new OS. JB just came out and is very good yet its only on a few devices. Let it be the newest OS for a while with minor updates here and there before we start thinking of a new version.

  • Bob

    An HD version, if at the same price, would be a no-brainer for me.

  • nandy

    even now the old nexus 7 for giveaway would be nice

  • jerrbomb

    I agree… Google has done extensions of the same main OS number and it would not hurt to keep Jelly beans going… Let us get comfortable with 4.x and keep bringing new features to it.. So when a new make iteration comes out.. We will still be comfortable… There is also nothing wrong with refreshing the Nexus 7 even just a year later… Its good to keep its product line fresh… Let us know they still wanna keep this product line going… That doesnt mean they will forget the Original Nexus 7…

  • smeghead68

    Crap! I just bought mine last month. Oh well you got to jump in at some point. I doubt that I’ll upgrade as I’m fine with the current screen resolution and the OS is still has the new car smell.

  • Ollie

    At that price point, I’ll definitely upgrade… and typo in the second paragraph – “border.”

  • Ricardo

    Yes!! I am holding off buying a Nexus 7 now because I want the updated version! These are great news!

  • Nathan D.

    This will be so cool

  • lou2cool88

    I was about to buy a Nexus 7, but will definitely hold out! I’m dying to get a replacement for my original Galaxy Tab 10.1, though. Google I/O needs to hurry up and get here!

    • Nomad

      How bout the upcoming Galaxy Note 8?

  • Maryland, USA

    With a slimmer bezel, a trimmer 16:9 aspect ratio (1920×1080, not 1920×1200), and a voice-over-IP app like GrooVe IP, this full HD offering could be THE trouser-pocket phablet.

  • tagstar

    Where is the inductive charger? It’s been months without news…

  • classic_hero

    I think Ill get this one after all the good things I heard about the current n7

  • sbala

    Make this available in every nook & corner of the world.
    Sure it will beat all iRecords

  • jamal adam

    Well, technology sure moves fast. My nexus 7 is gonna become obsolete in a couple of months but I’m gonna stick with it till it dies or till I can afford a new one and give this as a present to someone else in a year or two.

  • donger

    Exciting news.

  • Tal

    They need to call it N7 but have it with 6.7″ and no bezel. Add phone call capabilities (cell), and bingo!

  • Don At OzThinking

    After years of thought I’ve drunk the Nexas Cool-Aid. All 3 Nexas current product sizes are on target center for end users who have different needs. Price points now competitive at each level . As a mobile app developer I agree OS release should not be pressured to advance by market pressures versus technical advancement. I know some Nexas hardware choices or leaving off features should be considered by more end user input before manufacture and maybe that will get better. Buy the next Nexas 7? You bet, my whole staff and family will be outfitted and current models handed down to those who deserve, who are in need and are without. Viva, Nexas!

  • Skis03

    I think I will hold off to get one of these gems. Wonder what the next Nexus 10 will be like??

  • renyo

    I was hoping for a 4k resolution display… I mean all the new processors can support that kind of resolution…

  • anarchy

    Higher resolution, better processor and +12h battery life in the same 7″ package would be nice. Like really nice. Then I might consider it.

  • frmorrison

    I hope the battery is better. It great that Google is continuing to support the Nexus line by refreshing it.

  • pedro luis aguirre galeano

    Es increible éste nuevo sistema de comunicacion, felicitaciones para todas las personas que participaron en crear esta nueva red.

  • Andrew

    For me it needs to have a way of connecting to a projector and TV. That is why I have not bought the Nexus 7

  • zemane

    Nexus 7 needs a nice rear-facing camera. Add that and I would buy one!

  • onenonlycasper

    Yeah, this alleged rumor leak which also include a google device just seems a little fake as well. Granted this rumor is at least believable in ways, so if parts of this are true then I wouldn’t be shoked really. I could see google dropping a new Nexus 7 at the i/o conference because just as the author noted, they did exactly that when it first came out. I just don’t see them not introducing some new version of the OS by google i/o let alone on another tablet that really doesn’t seem like a big release with the rumored specs. i mean an HD screen would be a a bonus, but I would hope that they would keep going after updating the screen and at least beef it up a little in the ram or processor areas. Also like I said, I just don’t see google dropping yet another nexus 7 without transitioning to a newer version at the least of the JB OS, and even possibly the new 5.0 Key line Pie as many think will be introduced this may at I/O. So yeah, all this fakeness with google rumors and devices is killing me….i don’t know why this stuff is even getting the type of rotation on so many sites lately…..

  • Waiting for Nemo

    Well…I’m now officially waiting.

    I was about to go and buy a Nexus 7 tomorrow, until I learned about this version.
    Since I’ve never owned one before, won’t hurt to wait a little longer.

  • Roberto

    Many people that don’t want hardware or software to improve because then they won’t feel as good about their device or themselves.

    So silly to me. You have what you bought. It does not get worse when something better comes out. You had the choice to by it when you did, and you will still have the choice to by the new one when it’s released.

    And there’s nothing wrong with releasing a new, improved version of Android after 1 year (4.0). Some manufacturers will update to it, some will not. Again, this does not in any way decrease the functionality of the device you currently own.

    Some would slow progress, improvement, and decreases in price just because they want to feel like they have the best out there.

    • Roberto


      sorry, no editing

  • Curtis Mitchell

    I’ll have to know a lot more about the specs before I think of getting a second gen Nexus 7. Fortunately, as long as they keep to the existing pricing scheme, it wouldn’t be that big of a deal to buy a replacement unit regularly.