Just a day after a new rumor about Google abandoning the X Phone project to Motorola, word on the internet is that the highlight of Google I/O will be a new Nexus 7 tablet with enhanced features.
According to Ming-Chi Kuo, a KGI Securities analyst, Google will unveil the next generation of the hugely successful Nexus tablet made in partnership with Asus and will be the highlight of the 2013 annual Google I/O conference to be held starting on 15th of this month. This tablet has improved features apparently designed to further steal Apple’s mini-tablet market. This comes as Apple is rumored to be developing the next generation iPad mini, ‘iPad mini 2’, which is apparently facing delay and may not be launched during Apple’s WWDC next month.
Kuo believes that the next version of Google’s Nexus tablet will come with improved hardware specs including a rear camera that the current Nexus 7 doesn’t have, improved camera resolution, higher screen resolution, more storage memory (the cheapest version having 16 GB onboard memory), a higher capacity battery and a better battery with wireless charging capability. However, despite the improved specs, the mini-tablet will remain affordable at a price of $199.
If this new development turns out to be true, then the second generation Google Nexus 7 mini-tablet will undergo several updates that will make it a much better performer compared to the current nexus. The interesting point to note is that this version of nexus is said to come with Android 4.3 Jelly Bean operating system. This further shows that although so many people expected Google to unveil the rumored next version of Android 5.0 (Key Lime Pie), the company will instead unveil Android 4.3 Jelly Bean.
Core performance specs are not the only things that Google and Nexus may have changed in the next generation Nexus 7; Kuo further says that the design of the tablet has also been improved to have a plastic case and a bezel smaller than the bezel of the current Nexus. After these enhancements, Kuo says that Google loses between $5 and $10 for every unit of the Nexus 7, showing that the company may be aiming to generate more revenue from advertising and content rather than hardware sales. The next generation Nexus 7, Kuo says, will be dubbed ‘New Nexus 7’ not Nexus 7 2, or any other mainstream product names we are used to.
On the same note, Google may be preparing to launch an Android Book laptop dubbed Google OTT (Over-The-Top) TV box and an Android smartwatch to take on its rivals who have already or are planning to launch similar products including Amazon, Microsoft and Apple. These products may not enter the market this month or the next though as Kuo says that Google may still be in the planning and design stages of these products and production may start later in the year.
Core Specs of New Nexus 7
Processor: 1.7 GHz Quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro
Operating System: Android 4.3 Jelly Bean
Display: 7 Inch 1920 x 1200 Pixels (WUXGA) LTPS screen
Memory: 2GB RAM, 16GB onboard memory (there will probably be a 32GB version)
Cameras: 5 megapixels rear camera, HD front-facing
Battery: 4000mAh (with Qi wireless charging support)
Source: KGI Securities Via Apple Insider