Google’s annual developer conference, Google I/O, starts this week, and rumours have been flying about what new hardware the company may introduce there. Although a report has calmed speculation concerning the Motorola X Phone and the Nexus 5, news that Google will update the Nexus 7 tablet has continued to spread.
The Nexus 7 was Google‘s big product announcement at Google I/O last year, so a refresh is certainly possible, particularly as its specification has been matched and bettered by its competitors since then. However, it remains the cheap Android tablet of choice.
An analyst for financial services group KGI Securities has come up with a specification which he believes is representative of the new Nexus 7. The biggest change is to do with the screen, which will remains at 7-inches, but gain a 1920 x 1200 pixel resolution, up from the current Nexus 7′s 1200 x 800 screen.
The processor may be swapped from a Nvidia Tegra chip to a quad-core Snapdragon instead, while a 5 megapixel rear camera will be added, fixing one of the major feature oversights on the original. Features such as NFC, Wi-Fi and a video call camera will remain, but wireless charging could also be introduced.
Despite the improved specification, the price is expected to stay the same in America – with $200 stated as the entry point – so we’d expect the £160 price to continue here in the UK too. The analyst also thinks the design may be slightly altered, with a reduction in overall size thanks to a smaller screen bezel. Finally, Android 4.3 will be its operating system.
Google I/O begins on 15 May, so we’ve not got long to go before we find out if the analyst’s predictions are correct.