Jul 01 AT 12:21 PM Dima Aryeh 28 Comments

ASUS rep releases alleged specs for Nexus 7 successor


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

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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?

Via: Pocket Now

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Dima Aryeh is a Russian obsessed with all things car and tech. His time is split between gaming and fixing his racecar. He also does photography in his spare time.

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  • ElvisonD

    I didn’t get one last year…Best believe I’m getting one this year!!!

    • Oceanseamaster


      Don’t believe, just know.

      I won’t but Nexus 7 because I don’t need a 7″ tab, I’ve got a 229$ Chuwi V99 9.7″ retina and a 235$ Zopo C2 with 5″ Sharp screen for the job.

      I would expect Google to stop this hardware nosense and make Android and hardware makers a favor and introduce a common update system of the OS to be driven via Play Store just like Windows Update…

      And fragmentation and obsolescense would be gone forever.

      Hopefully that will be Android 5.0


      Fund me

      • http://www.androidandme.com Dima Aryeh

        And so would choice and awesome features like the S Pen, IR blasters, and fancy camera features. No one wants all devices to be running stock Android, but skinning takes time and OEM involvement. The update system may be flawed, but Google taking care of it is not the answer.

        • Hugh Isaacs II

          I just hope that the rumor that Android 4.3 will feature an API that’ll let apps replace the notification bar is true, because 4.2 already introduced features to make theming the OS very easy and APIs to allow developers to integrate the themes in their apps without even specifically targeting any one theme.

          Once there’s an API for a custom notification bar and hopefully another in the future for custom on screen buttons (back, home and multitasking buttons for devices without hardware ones) then OEMs will be able to separate the OS from their additions and just update things as quick as Google does.

  • YellowDucati


    I must hold off on cheap Nexus 7s to wait for this one.

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  • Nate B.

    Solid specs for round 2. I personally wouldn’t make use of a tablet, but this is solid indeed.

  • ranwanimator

    I’ve been waiting for forever for Google to come out with the new Nexus 7 so that I can replace my wife’s Nook Tablet which unexpectedly died. Wish they’d hurry up. I don’t know how much longer I can stand her using my tablet.

    • www.phonewbie.com

      I feel your pain. Sharing tablets suck. When I bought my Nexus 7, I gave my iPad to my girl.

  • http://www.jeffkibuule.com Jeff

    I wouldn’t be surprised if this is $299 with the Nexus 7 continuing to sell at $199.

    • mattcoz

      I think that could happen too, but with each current Nexus 7 getting a $50 price drop.

  • fassfa

    No micro sd card slot = fail

    Nuff said

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    • Get a CLue

      It is a Google Device, non of them have SD card slots get over it and move on already. Google is never going to have the slots in their devices. they want you to use their cloud storage and “pin” things from time-to-time. Why is it with every new Nexus release people bring this up. How many times does it have to be explained.

  • renyo

    Sweet specs… Can hardly wait…

  • bb

    “the Nexus line is one of the only series of devices that provides high-end hardware at a low-end price.”

    Why do people always think the nexus line will be cheap? Other then the nexus 4 and 7 the devices haven’t really been all that affordable. Even the nexus q which was released around the same time as these was pretty expensive.

    • http://www.androidandme.com Dima Aryeh

      Nexus 10 is very cheap, considering it had a, for its time, crazy high res display. It was cheap for what it offered because Google sells it around what it costs to make.

      • Monk

        I’m starting to think that this is not true and just a marketing tactic. Of course they are cheaper than apple and some competitors, but there are Chinese manufacturers selling devices with worldwide free shipping and significant lower prices. For example I bought a 7 inch quad core tablet with 720p screen for $125 shipped to my house. It’s maybe not that premium feel than a nexus 7, but it’s very snappy and capable with android 4.2. Also has hdmi out with full hd support, microsd slot to add 64GB card and 6 to 8hs of on screen on battery. Not bad and half the price of a N7 in my country.

        • http://www.androidandme.com Dima Aryeh

          They also avoid all governing bodies and most likely many forms of taxes (I assume). But with no safety or FCC approval, they avoid fees and delays. Plus, their manufacturing lines don’t have to be as strict, they probably limit quality assurance, and all that stuff. Cut costs everywhere to make a well specced tablet cheaper. Which does NOT make it any worse, for the record.

  • Arthur

    Decent specs for Q3 2013 devices. Wish it would make use of the Snapdragon 800 instead of 600 but running stock 4.3, should be more than sufficient since all the top devices currently are using the 600 and it works very well (HTC One, US S4, LG Optimus G Pro).

    Hoping the screen is of good quality, the 4,000MAH battery is sufficient for almost all day use, doubt it though on a 7″ higher than FHD resolution screen.

  • uknowme

    Seems pretty good. I won’t be picking one up. Mine is still going strong. The only thing I’m wondering about is speaker placement. That’s about the only thing that bugs me about the original.

  • jamal adam

    * looks at Nexus 7 and proceeds to pat it gently and reassuringly *

    These look like some great specs for the successor.

  • Prince77

    I will gladly trade in my old Nexus 7 for the new version. Whatever they give me for this one it will be just like I’m paying for a new one from last year.

  • redraider133

    I loved the original nexus 7 and hope these specs are true. I most likely will be picking one of these up. Love asus and nothing beats a nexus for staying up to date with the latest OS.

  • HeadDoc

    So, fine. Google doesn’t like Micro SD. I get it. But, in 2013, why not at least make a 64 GB option? People are supposed to use these things for music, movies, the web, etc. If someone wants to listen to music on their commute home (where there is probably no wi-fi), the more storage on the device, the better. If they could charge $250 for the 32gb and $300 for a 64 gb version, I might finally pull the trigger. Otherwise, I will continue to “suffer” using a high-end phone with a 5″ screen. Hell, if Google’s price is too high, I might look into a Galaxy Note 3, and forget having 2 devices all together… Google needs to watch its back.

  • Tom GOLOB

    Ordering one through Expansys.
    I don’t mind whether 4.2.2 or 4.3 , This gadget comes handy for my work . The rest is not important . I only wish to it is Google and Nexus product. That’s all about the updates.
    Well , hmmm, maybe ASUS has got something interesting of a gadget in the works , which may be handy too. The ASUS Memo Tab. It has the memo card expansion slot . And … last but not least ,what ASUS is promoting … the cost . All in all considerably cheaper than Nexus 7(2).
    I am in a serious dilemma.
    Appreciate your comments. Thank you.

  • donger

    Do want.

  • Dave

    I just sold my old Nexus yesterday. If I can get this for $250 at Best Buy (where I can get great insurance to cover me), and they get rid of the lagginess I was dealing with, and it works like a tablet (As it should out the box) without rooting, I’m ALL FOR IT! I was thinking about getting between this or the new Samsung Galaxy tab 3 8.0