A new 7-inch tablet could be on the way from Google and Huawei

A new 7-inch tablet could be on the way from Google and Huawei
The tablet market is not doing well, there's no surprise in that. The most interesting things in the tablet space are the ways that manufacturers are finding to mash-up the laptop and tablet form factor, like the Google Pixel C or the Lenovo Yoga Book. But, maybe there is still a market for tablets, at least Google and Huawei are rumored to have one in the pipeline.

According to Evan Blass, Google and Huawei are working on a 7-inch tablet that could be released by the end of the year. Blass also said the tablet would feature 4GB of RAM, but no other details were given. One notable detail that was missing in the rumor is the name of the device. With Google being involved we would normally assume this would be a new Nexus 7, but the latest rumors claim the new Google phones for the year will be switching to the name Pixel, rather than Nexus. Interestingly, Huawei did register a trademark on the name Huawei 7P earlier this year, which could be connected to this rumor. 

Of course, the real question surrounding all of this is whether users even want or need 7-inch tablets anymore. With phones routinely pushing the 6-inch mark for displays, adding that extra inch, but losing phone service isn't the best value proposition unless the device only costs a couple hundred dollars. 

source: @EvLeaks

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14 Comments

1. BlackhawkFlys

Posts: 908; Member since: May 07, 2014

Make it at least 8.3 or 8.4 please.

4. WAusJackBauer

Posts: 455; Member since: Mar 22, 2015

7 and 8 are a bit small. Personally I would like to see tablets being 9inch

6. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

7" tablet are too small. This is not 2012. Where Samsung Note is the only phable in town. The new average screen is 5.5" not that far from 7". Need at least 9" 16:9 form factor with at least 76℅ screen to body ratio. OLED screen for the best eBook reading experience.

2. shnibz

Posts: 509; Member since: Sep 18, 2011

I agree a 7 inch Tablet is almost a waste nowadays unless it's like the Kids Kindle. Especially is one has say a Note, or a 6P, or a Moto X Pure, or a V10 or a 6s+, or a S7 edge.. Okay I'll stop lol but I could go on.

3. zeppo

Posts: 200; Member since: Jul 21, 2015

The new Pixel 7 is coming to fanbois soon haha

5. VZWuser76

Posts: 4974; Member since: Mar 04, 2010

I wouldn't say a 7" tablet is a waste. An inch to an inch and a half larger than a phone is noticeably larger. There are plenty of times I use my Nexus 7 rather than my phone. It saves the battery on my phone and gives me a larger screen. And the tablet lasts about 4 times as long as my phone does on a charge. I understand some people might want larger tablets, but there are already plenty of tablets filling that need. If you want something similar to the iPad's size, the Pixel C would be a great alternative. But if you want something in a smaller form factor, say below 8", there really isn't much. Since they just stopped major update support for the 2013 Nexus 7, I'm glad they're planning to offer something to fill the spot.

7. MaryPoopins

Posts: 324; Member since: Jan 15, 2015

f**k YES !!!!!!!!!!! That is all. Been waiting for a 3rd Gen Nexus7 for three years :))))))))

8. Fona13A unregistered

7'' tablets make decent E-Readers, there's nothing useless about them.

12. ebilcake

Posts: 1227; Member since: Jul 16, 2016

That's great for e-readers, but this is a tablet.

9. cGmC11

Posts: 152; Member since: Apr 02, 2012

It's could be based on the 8.4" Huawei Mediapad M3 recently unveiled at IFA 2016. https://youtu.be/Hm3c4ZDCZVU

10. charulo316

Posts: 45; Member since: Oct 31, 2011

I'm interested as long as they keep the 16x9 aspect ratio.

11. ebilcake

Posts: 1227; Member since: Jul 16, 2016

Agree with others, 7" is too small for tablets in 2016 as some phones are getting close to this size. Maybe an 8.3" version of the Pixel C, that would be pretty nice with Tegra X1, would kind of fill the gap left by nvidia and those that were waiting for updated nvidia shield. Also they should use the same display ratio as the Pixel C to keep things consistent, it's actually a really good compromise, 16*9 tablets in portrait don't really serve a purpose. .

13. Planterz

Posts: 2120; Member since: Apr 30, 2012

7" is a bit too small. 8" to 8.4" is better. And yes, that is, in fact, what she said.

14. Zylam

Posts: 1813; Member since: Oct 20, 2010

Ahhh man I freaking love 7 inch tablets. Android to me is awesome on tablets, I keep an iPhone 6S as my primary phone and a 7 inch cheap Android Lenovo 7 inch tablet. Man reading lecture notes on my 7 inch tablet while commuting on the train to Uni has made life so much easier, don't need to carry my heavy laptop anymore, just pull out the tablet and you are good. But unfortunately you can't get any high end 7 inch Android tablets, expect for the rip off Samsung ugly, Touchwiz, no software updates, battery exploding garbage. I seriously cannot wait for affordable Snapdragon 820, 7 inch Nexus/Pixel tablet from google, man I will buy that on day 1. Please Google!!!!

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