First-Gen Nexus 7 To Get LTE-Enabled Rehash at Google I/O?

Rumors concerning Google’s possible hardware launches during this week’s I/O conference may be a dime a dozen these days, but we can still start talking about certainties. For instance, we’re pretty sure the Nexus 7, the hugely successful 7-inch tablet that was debuted during last year’s I/O, will be getting at least one follow-up by the end of the week.

And chances are the second-gen N7 will look pretty awesome, with a WUXGA display, Snapdragon S4 Pro CPU, Android 4.3 Jelly Bean and below $200 price point. But what about the first-gen tab? Will that just be left to dust and forgotten completely in a matter of months?

Nexus 7-LTE-benchmark

Probably yes, but maybe not. Because apparently there could be a rehash planned too, with basically the same old specs, plus 4G LTE connectivity. There are a lot of “maybes”, “probablys” and “apparentlys” there, so you can imagine there’s no solid proof behind the existence of a Nexus 7 LTE.

But a tab dubbed exactly that has been spotted in AnTuTu’s database. Plus, wouldn’t it kind of make sense for Google to keep milking the cash cow this slate has proven to be for a little longer? Not to mention I’m fairly certain there would be a lot of potential adopters if this LTE variant would be priced at $200, so likely on-par with the non-LTE second-gen N7.

Only don’t be rooting for the LTE rehash to come with any other upgrades. It’s even listed as running Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean in AnTuTu, so if 4.3 exists and will be introduced during I/O, chances are the N7 LTE will not come with the new OS on board, but rather get updated soon after its launch.

As for all the other specs, the benchmark score (12,623 points, which is very close to the current Nexus 7’s results) hints at the tab coming with the same old quad-core 1.2 GHz Nvidia Tegra 3 CPU and 1 GB of RAM. Plus, you know, all the usual, including the 4,325 mAh battery, 1.2 MP camera, 1,280 x 800 pix res display and 16 or 32 GB of storage. Anyone possibly interested? Why? Why not?

Via [Tutto Android]