Reportedly coming at the July 24 Google press event, the new Nexus 7 is again subject for internet gossip. The first next-gen Nexus 7 press photo has hit the web and the new tablet seems to come with an improved design and better technical specs than the previous generation.
While the front panel is not too different from the previous model, the back lid of the Nexus 7 2 is definitely better-looking, which will probably allow the new tablet to get closer to the premium tablet segment. Therefore the new Nexus 7 will ditch the rubbery back lid that was giving it a good grip, over a new finishing that will give it a better feeling.
Besides the new 5 megapixel camera mounted on the back, the leaked Nexus 7 press photo also revealed a SIM card tray in the lower left corner, suggesting that Google might launch the WiFi+Cellular Nexus 7 2 model synchronized with the WiFi-only variant. Last year, the WiFi+Cellular Nexus 7 debuted a couple of months after the WiFi-only model, most of the customers complaining that they had to wait in order to purchase the 3G model.
The next-gen Nexus 7 will also receive a boost in terms of technical specifications. While the first generation came with a 7-inch display with a resolution of 800 x 1,280 pixels, the new model will reportedly come with a screen that has a resolution of 1,920 x 1,200 pixels. The Tegra 3 chipset from the current Nexus 7 will also be replaced, as the new tablet will sport a Snapdragon S4 Pro SoC. The Qualcomm chipset comes with a quad-core 1.5 GHz CPU and Adreno 320 GPU.
The amount of RAM also received a upgrade from 1 GB to 2 GB of RAM. Some sources say that the Nexus 7 will have 4 GB of RAM, but, personally I find the reports implausible.
Expected to hit the US store shelves as of July 30 and to be made available for purchase a couple of days earlier in Google Play Store. Of course, the tablet will not be available on all markets in the same time as it will debut on the market in phases, just like its predecessor.
Rumor has it that the Nexus 7 2 will have the same price point as its successor, thus you will have to pay $199 for the 16 GB model, while the 32 GB and the 32 GB WiFi+Cellular models will have price tags of $249 and $299, respectively.
According to the latest reports the next-gen Nexus 7 will be world’s first terminal to run Android 4.3 Jelly Bean out of the box, as Google will announce the new Android iteration at the same July 24 even where the tablet is expected to be announced.