New Nexus 7 has specs leaked once again alongside July 31 release date
A new Nexus 7 tablet is coming, that’s for sure. It might get announced next Wednesday, on July 24, when Google is holding an event hosted by Sundar Pichai, the company’s VP in charge of Android and Chrome. All signs point to an unveiling then, since over the past couple of days there have been more Nexus 7-related leaks than ever. Android 4.3 is also said to be announced next week, which makes sense as Google usually ties a new OS version release with a new product becoming official.
Today a couple of new leaks about the Nexus 7 have surfaced courtesy of Engadget. First off, we get yet another quick list of specs, though once again without some important details. The tablet will apparently sport a 7″ screen (obviously), a 1.5 GHz quad-core processor, a 5 MP rear camera, a 1.2 MP front camera, support for wireless charging, a ‘slim port’ for 1080p output for playing HD content, and it will run Android 4.3 Jelly Bean.
There’s no mention of the screen’s resolution, but everyone is basically hoping that this will be 1,920×1,200 and not 1,280×800 like in the currently selling model. After all, the new Nexus 7 is bound to be $20 more expensive than the first model, and that price difference needs to be justified somehow, since this really isn’t a profit driver for Google or Asus (the company rumored to be making the second generation as well).
As for the processor, it definitely will be a new chipset. The current-gen Nexus 7 sports a Tegra 3 from Nvidia, but we’ve never seen that clocked at 1.5 GHz before. The rumor consensus (if that’s a phrase we may use) has been that Qualcomm will be supplying the silicon for this new tablet. If that’s the case, then don’t expect the Snapdragon 800 or Snapdragon 600. Once again, this is pure speculation based on the leaked frequency. But that definitely points to a Snapdragon S4 Pro, the same chipset used in Google’s Nexus 4 made by LG. We haven’t seen a Snapdragon 600 clocked lower than 1.7 GHz so far, and it can go up to 1.9 GHz so underclocking so severely would make absolutely no sense. Ditto for the Snapdragon 800, which is also clearly going to be anything but a model focused on affordable devices such as the Nexus 7 (since it’s only just starting to appear in shipping products, and since it’s Qualcomm’s high-end flagship chipset).
Finally in Nexus 7 news, the tablet is set to become available at Staples on July 31, as the above image reportedly proves. Stores will receive stock as soon as July 24 (which is also the date of the announcement, remember), but they’ll hold the tablets under lock and key before the end of the month. This obviously doesn’t tell us anything about when the Nexus 7 will be out in the Play Store, which very well may be sooner (perhaps even on Wednesday). Stay tuned and we’ll let you know when we find out more.