Second Generation Nexus 7

Nexus7-ContentThe next generation Nexus 7 tablet has been long rumoured to be released in July, and it looks like an ASUS support rep has unwittingly now confirmed this!

So how was this scoop obtained? Well it turns out, all we had to do was ask!

2G Nexus 7

A canny Nexus fan decided the best way to pump ASUS for information on the 2nd gen Nexus tablet was simply to ask. Who said journalism was tough?

As can be seen on these screenshots shared here, Google+ user Tim P simply asked the ASUS online support channel when the ASUS K009 was due for release.

Apparently we can expect the new model towards the end of July.

The rep also posted up the following specs for the Nexus 7.2, however they were careful to say that this is an unconfirmed specification:

  • 7 inch LED with 1980 * 1200 resolution
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 Quad Core CPU / Snapdragon APQ8064 CPU
  • 2GB RAM
  • 32GB internal storage
  • 5Mpx rear camera
  • 1.2Mpx front camera
  • Android 4.3
  • 4000 mAh battery
  • Wifi a/b/g/n
  • Bluetooth 4.0
  • NFC enabled
  • LTE / WCDMA / GSM

Good to see the improved screen, front camera and extra CPU power, but users will be disappointed at the absence of an SD card slot. The big questions remain, how much will the new Nexus 7 cost and what’s it going to look like?

Is this spec a big enough jump to convince existing owners to upgrade? I don’t think so, but would be interested to hear if you disagree? I think I’ll be waiting for the 3rd generation Nexus tablet!

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Comments

  1. Also about pricing it is being said that 16GB model may be $229, while the larger 32GB is $269 according to moneytimes here
    http://themoneytimes.com/featured/20130718/nexus-7-2-pricing-revealed-google-event-looms-id-1701713351.html

  2. Jonathan Richard says:

    SD cards are so 2010 ;)

    • Fair point, yet there does still seem to be a demand for a slot. That said, have I really missed having an SD card in my N7? No. The theoretical use case might be to store additional music or movies but to be honest Play Music does a good job of caching the tunes I am listening to right now and most movie services are streaming only.

      Given that the Nexus 7 can read from a USB key (with the help of the Nexus 7 media importer app) then it’s no big deal not to be able to bump up the storage.

      I guess like most things, once you give cconsumers a feature taking it away will always upset some people.

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