The Nexus 7 has been Google’s most impressive Nexus device to date. The mini-tablet sold like hotcakes and kickstarted the tablet-optimized ecosystem Android has been sorely missing. With the one-year anniversary of the Nexus 7′s release swiftly approaching, news of its successor is starting to leak onto the web. The latest rumors on the device come from a credible source and feature a release window, as well as a price-tag, and a look at what to expect inside.
According to Reuters, multiple sources have tipped that an ASUS manufactured second-generation Nexus 7 will launch as soon as this July. That will give Google around two months after I/O, where it’s expected to be unveiled, to ship the device. Part of the initial Nexus 7′s success is directly tied to the price. Apparently, that won’t change much. Conflicting sources have pegged the device at $149-$199, still impressively affordable.
Specs wise, Reuters is hearing that the bezels on the device will be shrink and the display will be higher resolution. We see two possibilities here: Either the next Nexus 7 will be smaller, or the device will remain the same size but utilize the smaller bezels to become the Nexus 8 with an 8-inch display. Reuters is also saying that Google went with Qualcomm instead of NVIDIA, and will utilize a Snapdragon processor. Considering Google expects to ship some 8 million second-gen Nexus tablets this year, this is a huge blow to NVIDIA.
As I/O inches closer, we expect to hear more on what the next Nexus 7 will include. Anything you haven’t heard yet you’re hoping for?