Fresh speculation has appeared concerning a new version of the Nexus 7 tablet, which if the rumour is correct, will be launched later this month. The news comes from a conversation between an anonymous customer and Asus Support, where not only was an approximate release date given, but also a set of possible specifications.
Asus is the manufacturer responsible for the original Nexus 7, so it’s reasonable to think it would also make the sequel, but it is a stretch to think a support assistant would have all the details regarding the tablet, and be happy to leak them in such a way.
This doesn’t stop the leak being interesting though, so here’s what was said. Apparently, the Nexus 7 will retain the 7-inch screen size, but the resolution will be increased to 1980×1200, while inside the Tegra 3 processor will be replaced by a Snapdragon 600. This alteration fits in with previous rumours.
A 5 megapixel camera will be fitted to the rear of the tablet, plus a 1.2 megapixel forward facing camera should be found above the screen, while a 4000mAh battery will keep the Nexus 7 up and running. Other features could include 4G LTE connectivity, 32GB of memory, NFC and Android 4.3. The representative said we should see the new tablet announced before the end of July.
It all sounds quite plausible, and there is nothing in the spec which sounds outrageous or unlikely, except perhaps the presence of Android 4.3, a version of Google’s OS which isn’t official. However, Google may introduce Android 4.3 at the same time as launching the new Nexus 7. We’ll find out how accurate this report is by the end of the month.