Photos of the supposed Google Nexus 7 tablet from Asus have just surfaced from Phone Arena. The images, which bear the word “confidential” show a device that looks similar to the Samsung Galaxy S III from the front, except that it is white. Meanwhile, its back cover has two tones, black and gray, taking a cue from some Android-based tablets.
Speakers in front of the tablet can also be seen, in the position where touchscreen phones often have speakers. This fuels the rumor that the Google Nexus 7 tablet will be somewhat like the Samsung Galaxy Note: a tablet that is able to make phone calls, also known as a phablet. It is speculated that Google Voice will provide the VOIP service for this device. On the other hand, if the tablet will not have phone calling capabilities, the speakers could still be part of a well-designed form factor. Speakers, anyway, according to reviews, often sound better when they are placed in this location.
Along with the alleged leaked photos is the claim that the Google Nexus 7 tablet will have a 7-inch display. Inside, it will have a quad-core Tegra processor coupled with 1 GB of RAM. For its operating system, the device will either be Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, or even Android 4.1 Jellybean. If the latter is true, this would be the first tablet launched that is powered by the new Jellybean platform.
These specifications are in line with the recent rumors on the features of the Google Nexus 7 tablet. Among those not mentioned here is its 1280 x 768 pixels resolution and 1.3 GHz processor speed, both of which were revealed through a benchmark test of the supposed tablet. As consumers approach the date of the Google I/O that will happen at the end of June, more information should arrive, whether credible or not, regarding the mysterious tablet. Google has remained fairly silent on the matter, preferring to allow consumers to speculate instead.
The Google Nexus 7 tablet is expected to be released in July. Its price will likely be around $150 to $250 and compete against tablets for the budget-conscious crowd.