Waiting on the next Nexus 7

The second generation of the Nexus 7 tablet could arrive before the end of July, according to one Google+ user who chatted with an Asus support rep.

Is this more confirmation of a refreshed Nexus 7 experience?
(Credit: Google+/Tim P)

The live chat, which Android Authority first posted, was between an Asus representative and Google+ user Tim P. In the chat, the rep told Tim that the rumoured Asus K009 would be offered to the public, "before the ending of July".

Taking things a step farther, the agent went rogue, and spilled a laundry list of hardware details. Reportedly, the Nexus 7 will run Android 4.3 Jelly Bean and will feature a 1920x1200-pixel resolution LED display and Qualcomm Snapdragon quad-core processor.

Additional specifications could include 2GB of RAM, 32GB of internal storage, a 5-megapixel rear camera and front-facing 1.2-megapixel camera. And like its predecessor, the refreshed tablet could also come in Wi-Fi and LTE/WCDMA/GSM variations with Bluetooth and near-field communication (NFC) support.

Of course, this sort of discussion could be faked quite easily. Customer support reps are often coached on what is allowed to be shared publicly, and it's doubtful that they'd know any confidential information in the first place.

That said, there's nothing on the list that seems outlandish or impossible. In fact, most of the details have been tossed about more than a few times this year. Fortunately, if the dish is true, we won't have to wait long to find.

It's worth noting that Google has yet to formally acknowledge Android 4.3 even though the update has been spotted on a Samsung Galaxy S4 Google Edition. Some rumours have predicted a July launch for 4.3 after it failed to show up two months ago at Google I/O.

Via CNET.com



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