Google to refresh its Nexus 7 tablet next week

By , Jul 17, 2013

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Despite the fact that Apple showed up to the 7-8-inch tablet game late, it has taken the lead in the space. Admittedly, Amazon doesn’t offer sales numbers and Apple doesn’t break up iPad sales, but it’s widely believed that most of them are minis.

But it appears Google is looking to de-throne the Cupertino company next week, by introducing a new version of its Nexus 7. The search giant issued media invitations to a July 24 event this morning, and there’s been several leaks since then…

Here’s the press invite:

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Sundar Pichai is the head of Google’s Chrome and Android teams, so it’s likely that at least part of the event will focus on the next version of Android. But these leaked internal documents from Staples suggest a new Nexus 7 is also on the docket.

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So what’s the new Nexus 7 going to look like? A lot like the old one, apparently. It’s to be manufactured by Asus again, and come in 16GB and 32GB flavors. And it’ll have the same 1.2MP front camera which, this time, will be accompanied by a 5MP rear one.

As for the internals, the next-gen Nexus 7 is listed as having a Qualcomm APQ8064 motherboard with a Snapdragon S4 processor. The device is also said to feature a 1080p display, with skinnier iPad mini-like bezels and a staggering 4GB of RAM, yikes.

AndroidCentral has posted a gallery of, what it believes are, next-gen Nexus 7 photos:

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I’m anxious to see what Google has cooked up for the second generation tablet. The first Nexus 7 was extremely popular, garnering around 1 million sales per month at one point, and the attention of gadget lovers—including diehard iPad users—everywhere.

For its part, Apple is also expected to refresh its 8-inch tablet in the not-so-distant future. Recent rumors suggest that a new version of the iPad mini will launch alongside a redesigned iPad 5 this fall, though it doesn’t sound like it’ll get the Retina treatment.

What do you think of the next-gen Nexus 7 thus far?

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  • Michael Romano

    It looks nice but I’m really waiting for an updated iPad Mini. I myself cant justify spending $300+ on a tablet which is basically a mini iPad 2. The processor and screen are over 2 years old.

    • n0ahcruz3

      Yup damn right

    • Joseph

      Looking on CPUBoss, the Snapdragon S4 actually holds it’s own pretty decently, compared to the A6X. I mean, it’s an 8.3 score vs 9.1, but looking at the benchmarks make it seem pretty close (it’s probably also heavily influenced by the fact that the Snapdragon S4 doesn’t have any applicable graphics benchmarks recorded on the site yet).

    • erod434

      Umm it will cost $220 and on another source said it would have a snapdragon 800. So what exactly is 2 years old?

      • Michael Romano

        Sorry for the confusion in my earlier post. I was referring to the current iPad Mini which retails for $329. The hardware of which is over 2 years old. It’s basically a recycled iPad 2 in a smaller form factor.

  • n0ahcruz3

    Meh

  • Gus Me

    Same here, I was surprised (which I know I shouldn’t have been) to see that the iPad Mini sold so well. I was ready to buy one, until I saw the price and specs, I didn’t think it wasn’t worth it. I’m hoping the rumors aren’t true about the new Mini, or at least if they are true, people finally say no thanks and maybe then things will change. Wishful thinking I’m sure…
    EDIT: Sorry this was in reply to Michael Romano

  • Gorgonphone

    Ohh oh wow but um it will run andriod though sooo umm yeah booo

  • cottage McKay

    No way it will have 4 GB ram, 2 is more than enough.

    • Joseph

      It would have some pretty damn amazing potential if it did, though.

    • Dan

      You never know, The Note 3 is rumored to be getting 3 gigs of rams, and that’s on a phone.

      • Kurt

        I hope so!

  • http://wwww.minecraftchannel.net/ Minecraft

    The refresh is worth waiting for. Hopefully everything will please users.

  • Mohammad Ridwan

    Is this a big-ass phone or a tiny-ass tablet…??

    • Joseph

      You can say the same about your iPad Mini, which was made to compete with the Nexus 7. :)

      • Mohammad Ridwan

        iPad Mini’s screen size is 35% larger than Nexus 7…

        49% larger for surfing the web in portrait orientation…

        67% larger in landscape orientation… :)

      • Joseph

        I’m sorry, I can’t hear you over the sound of that extra inch I don’t need, because I wanted a compact tablet. :)

      • Guest

        Stop trolling. Find a new website already

    • Dan

      I fooled around with the Nexus 7 for several weeks (bought it for my sister), I have to say that 7” is actually a very good size for a tablet. Big enough to surf the web and watch videos and small enough to lug around outside.

      I was actually less afraid to break it (with no case) since the back is rubbery, always afraid of carrying around my iPad without one.

      • Pitchy

        My daughter has knocked her Nexus 7 from off our bed which is at least 3 feet. The rubber back popped loose off of one corner which easily snapped right back into place. I was tempted to pop it all the way off just to see what it looked like on the inside… but it is a tough little tablet without a case.

        I do like the back of the Nexus 7 because it definitely feels grippy.

      • Kurt

        Very attractive back on the Nexus 7! I don’t like aluminum or chrome (scratches ruin it too much). I like glass or plastic.

    • Pitchy

      Remember when Steve Jobs said his research indicated consumers do not want a smaller tablet and that Apple would never make a mini iPad?

      That being said, I absolutely love our Nexus 7. Got it for our younger daughter last Christmas and it has been a great tablet. Right now, she is out of town with her grandmother attending a Lego camp and she uses the tablet to call us every night either with Skype or GrooveLite.

      Last year I sold my iPad 2 and purchased a Galaxy Note 10.1 tablet which I love… but I find myself using the Nexus 7 far more often for games because it’s just easier to hold. The Galaxy Note 10.1 is awesome for movies just for the simple fact that you have front facing stereo speakers… so the sound is coming towards you, not away from you like with the iPad.

      If my wife wouldn’t have divorce me, I would pick up the new Nexus 7 when it comes out… but we already have 3 tablets and apparently with wife logic, that is plenty :)

  • MagicDrumSticks

    Leaked document is from Office Max and article says staples.

    #attentiontodetail
    :)

  • Chindavon

    7″ form factor is too skinny. Had one over the past holidays, but gathered dust after a couple of months.

    • Guest

      No one cares

      • Chindavon

        Of course they do troll.