Thursday, July 18, 2013

Nexus 7 successor outed in video, photos

Leaks about an upgraded Nexus 7 tablet continue to accumulate, as on Wednesday Android Central showed off images they say are of the upgraded device. The new report came after the site leaked pricing information via a retailer's inventory software.

The images were doctored up to protect the site's source, called "Brett."

At the same time, Google has sent invitations to the media for a press event on July 24. As the host is Sundar Pichai, the head of Android, the event could be about the next version of Android as well as an upgraded Nexus 7 (dare we hope for a new Nexus smartphone and a new Nexus 10?).

It appears the device is still manufactured by Asus, as expected. Based on the prior leaked retail inventory screenshot, we're expecting both 16GB and 32GB versions, with wi-fi and cellular connectivity, as well (both T-Mobile and AT&T variants, as now, too).

The new tablet sports both front- and rear-facing cameras, this time around. It has a 1.2-megapixel front-facing camera, and a 5-megapixel rear-facing camera. The original Nexus 7 lacked a rear camera.

Additionally, the device will sport a Qualcomm APQ8064 motherboard with a Snapdragon S4 Pro processor, 4GB of RAM, and stereo speakers. It is also loaded with Android 4.3 (yet another variant of Jelly Bean).

A video of the device is embedded.

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