According to an Italian notebook blog, the next generation Nexus 7 is on its way. The actual date of the tablets release is unknown but we do have a bit of information about its specs.
First the FCC report shows that the next gen Nexus 7 will have a Qualcomm APQ-8064 CPU which according to Notebook Italia is a quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 600. This processor is designed for “mid-high tier smartphones and tablets.” Even though the full details about the display have not been released, this processor will support a 1080p 2048 x 1536 high definition display. According to Bluetooth SIG:
"This tablet features a 7" LED-backlit capacitive multitouch screen for easy carrying and fantastic multi -media experience everywhere. It is enpowered by Qualcomm ® Snapdragon ™ 600 Quad-core CPU with the highest performance. Wireless networking Ensures simple connection to the Internet without wires. "
The tablet will come in WiFi and 4G LTE models according to the specs included in the FCC application. Of course the tablet has Bluetooth, GPS and NFC technology included. It will also come with two cameras this time, a 5 megapixel Chicony camera on the back and a 1.2 megapixel camera on the front. The previous version only had a 1.2 megapixel front camera. While it is unclear what amount of RAM the tablet will have, it will have 32 GB of memory. The 2nd generation Nexus 7 will be powered by a 3.8V/15Wh (4000 mAh) battery.
If Google stays true to form, the newest Nexus 7 will carry the same $199 – $249 price for WiFi versions and around $300 for the 4G LTE versions. The processor promises to be faster, use less energy and provide better graphics performance than the current generation tablet. Hopefully the current batch of Nexus 7’s will go on sale when the new ones hit the market. Since the current Nexus 7 set a pretty high bench mark for the current generation seven inch tablets, it could be worth snapping one up.
Now we simply wait until Google announces its release which could be just about anytime. I’m hoping that they include a micro SD slot in this version. Expandability is always a good idea. Especially with all the new apps hitting the Play store.