Google I/O 2013 was something of a disappointment. After last year’s hardware announcements and the upgrade to Jelly Bean, we were sort of hoping that something similar would come from the conference this year, but sadly no luck. Well, that may have changed now as all of a sudden, the newest iteration of the Nexus 7 has appeared all over the internet, bringing specs, pictures, a potential release date and even a video.
The original Nexus 7 was a solid tablet offering at rock bottom prices that gave us the option of premium hardware without breaking the bank and it also helped seal the 7” tablet market as one to watch. It is getting close to 2 years old now, which is positively geriatric in modern mobile terms, so it’s exciting to know that it’s going to be upgraded.
As for specs, so far as the current rumours go, we’re looking at a Snapdragon S4 processor (the same one in the Nexus 4), a full HD screen, rear and front cameras and a debateable amount of RAM. The reason we say debatable is that there seems to be some uncertainty as to whether there will be 2Gb or 4Gb of it in the new machine. 4Gb would be awesome, but being realists at Kumulos, we’re willing to bet that it’s 2Gb.
There are reported to be 2 offerings in the wings: a 16Gb package at $229.99 and a 32Gb one at $269.99. You’ll notice this is slightly above the current price point for the Nexus 7, but we’re guessing this price is one that will drop relatively quickly as the older Nexus 7s are phased out and replaced with the new ones. As for a release date, well, apparently we can look to be seeing these new tablets hitting shelves by the 20th of July, which is really not far away at all.
No current news on whether we’ll be seeing an update to Android with this new hardware, but following the pattern Google have followed before we can probably expect to see one.