New Nexus 7 Leaks Fuel Further Speculation

22 Jul


Rumors related to the new Nexus 7, which many believe will be a legitimate competitor to the iPad mini, have been running rampant as of late. Just last week, Engadget referred to a number of documents that hinted at the new device’s retail price ($US 269.99 for the 32GB version) as well an early shipment date (7/20). Not long after, AndroidCentral posted online a series of quality photos depicting what may essentially be the new Nexus 7 device itself. (The photographs showed a sleeker, much more refined tablet, with the power button, usb port, and speakers all positioned in the same areas as the previous model.)

As chances would have it, Engadget this week managed to get its hands on even more documents, this time revealing many of the things that were absent from the previous leak: the hardware and software specs. From all that’s been shown, we can expect the 2nd generation Nexus 7 model to be imbued with the following set of features:

  • A 1.5 Ghz Quad Core Processor (speculated to be the Snapdragon S4 Pro APQ8064)
  • A 7 inch screen with up to 1920×1200 resolution
  • 4GB of RAM (DDR3LM)
  • 1.2 MP (front) and 5M (back) camera—one more camera than original Nexus 7
  • The most recent Android 4.3 platform
  • Wireless charging capability
  • Slim HD port (supporting 1080p video content)

Those who cannot wait until the official product is released can check out the leaked pictures here (courtesy of AndroidCentral and Technews).

Google’s next media conference, scheduled for July 24, is expected to take place in San Francisco and will be hosted by the Android and Chrome division leader, Sundar Pichai. Many observers speculate that this will be the event where more information about the new Nexus 7 will be released.

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