Google will reportedly unveil the next-gen Nexus 7, unofficially dubbed Nexus 7 2, at the Google I/O event scheduled to debut on May 15th. Meanwhile, an analyst of KGI Securities has revealed the Nexus 7 specifications.
The next gen Nexus 7 will be co-developed by Google and Asus and it will keep the 7-inch display with 16:10 aspect ratio. Despite keeping the same size and aspect ratio, the display will receive an upgrade. It was reported that the Nexus 7 2 will sport a 1920 x 1200 pixels display with LTPS technology, which promises a picture quality comparable with the one of the Retina Display iPad tablets. Anyway, the Asus 7-inch will have to compete on the same segment as Apple’s iPad Mini and sources say that the 7.9-inch iOS tablet will also receive a Retina Display.
The Nvidia Tegra 3 chipset of the Nexus 7 will be replaced by a more powerful Snapdragon S4 Pro SoC manufactured by Qualcomm, the same unit used for the popular smartphone model, LG Nexus 4.
While the first generation Nexus 7 only had a not-so-satisfying front-facing camera, the new Nexus 7 tablet will come with a 2 megapixel user-facing camera and a primary sensor mounted on the back with a 5 megapixel sensor. The Nexus 7 specs list also includes Bluetooth, WiFi, and NFC module.
All these features will be powered by a Li-Ion 4,000 mAh battery, slightly smaller than the 4,325 mAh unit fitted on the previous generation, but it will integrate wireless charging support.
The next-gen Nexus 7 will come pre-loaded with Android 4.3 Jelly Bean, as the new Android iteration will be unveiled at Google I/O event.
From the yet-unconfirmed reports we also find out that Google might set the same price for the new Nexus 7: $199 for the 16 GB WiFi-only model, making the 7 incher a powerful competitor for the iPad Mini and iPad Mini 2.
Anyway, we are advising you to take the reports with a pinch of salt, as it would be wiser to wait for the Google I/O to kick off and learn more about the next-gen Nexus 7.