New Nexus 7 shows up in video along with potential specs

New Nexus 7 shows up in video along with potential specs
All signs are pointing to the new Nexus 7 being announced and released next week. The rumors surrounding the Nexus 7 refresh have consistently put the release date at the end of July, and earlier today Google began sending out invites to an event hosted by the Android chief Sundar Pichai scheduled for next week. Now we're seeing the first real photos and video of the tablet in action.

It seems that the guys over at Android Central got their hands on a new Nexus 7, although to be clear: no one is sure if this is the real thing or a prototype model, and the specs are listed on a printed sticker, which may not be accurate. The pics and video AC received didn't delve into the system itself, just showing the outside and the lockscreen with a PIN lock number pad, but gave an idea of the build and potential specs. 

According to the spec sheet, the device is running a Snapdragon S4 Pro, which is different from the Snapdragon 600 that was listed when the Nexus 7 passed though the Bluetooth SIG, but does match the FCC filing. The sheet also lists 4GB of RAM, but we're not sure how likely that is given the price point Google is aiming for. As expected though, the device does add a second camera; so, in addition to the 1.2MP front camera, there is also now a 5MP rear camera. The resolution of the 7" display isn't mentioned, but is expected to be 1200x1920. 

As far as the build of the device, the rubberized rear has been replaced with a more matte plastic with the Nexus branding prominently etched. The buttons and microUSB are in the same places as before. But, another new addition is a second speaker on the rear of the device. There had been a single speaker on the rear at the bottom of the original Nexus 7, but now there are dual speakers

Lastly, there has been more info that has come from the OfficeMax leak that showed the pricing earlier today. According to the info, the Nexus 7 will be received by stores on July 20th, which would give stores a few days to organize inventory before Google's announcement on the 24th. Additionally, OfficeMax will apparently sell the new Nexus 7 alongside the old Nexus 7. The new will not replace the old, so we may see a slightly new name for this year's 7" tablet. 

It all looks to be falling into place for the new version of Google's 7" tablet, so all we need now is the official announcement and official release. The rumors and leaks are building a pretty clear picture of what to expect, though. What do you guys think? Is it shaping up to be a worthy successor?



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Nexus 7 (2013)
  • Display 7.0" 1920 x 1200 pixels
  • Camera 5 MP / 1.2 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro, Quad-core, 1500 MHz
  • Storage 32 GB
  • Battery 3950 mAh

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44 Comments

1. imkyle

Posts: 1112; Member since: Nov 18, 2010

July 24th can't come soon enough. I may just charge this to my credit card and worry about it later.

2. milesboy5

Posts: 179; Member since: Nov 07, 2012

I cant tell much from the amazing video that was taken...

3. bugsbunny00

Posts: 2262; Member since: Jun 07, 2013

this might be real,waitin for the real announcement.

4. Berzerk000

Posts: 4275; Member since: Jun 26, 2011

I don't like how the Nexus branding is horizontal. Typically, 7 inch tablets are used in portrait.

5. Shatter

Posts: 2036; Member since: May 29, 2013

Why not have both options and let the user decide?

7. _Bone_

Posts: 2155; Member since: Oct 29, 2012

7 inch tablets are also used facing the screen not the back panel.

17. Berzerk000

Posts: 4275; Member since: Jun 26, 2011

Doesn't mean I can't judge design choices.

20. _Bone_

Posts: 2155; Member since: Oct 29, 2012

You can. But when you're looking at the screen, you don't see the back logo, and when you're looking at the back logo, does screen mode really matter? It's on the other side. :)

21. KingKurogiii

Posts: 5713; Member since: Oct 23, 2011

design aesthetics may just matter more to other people than you. i consider myself as one of those people and i get where Berzerk is coming from.

23. Berzerk000

Posts: 4275; Member since: Jun 26, 2011

You can't see it when looking at the screen, but you can feel it. NEXUS is embossed on the back, so when you hold it (mostly in portrait) it's weird to have horizontal branding. That's why I always thought the Nexus devices (4, 7, 10) would look better with just the "X" of Nexus, because no matter which way you turn it, it's still looks like a straight X. Maybe that's just me though

28. KingKurogiii

Posts: 5713; Member since: Oct 23, 2011

not just you m8, not just you.

25. dorianb

Posts: 617; Member since: Oct 24, 2012

I actually use mine in landscape mode more than 70% of the time.

35. TROLL

Posts: 4851; Member since: Apr 13, 2012

Why S600 and not the S800 for an extra £25 or $30 ®

6. HeWhoDoesNothing

Posts: 158; Member since: Jul 15, 2013

Oh snap! Excitement!!!

8. _Bone_

Posts: 2155; Member since: Oct 29, 2012

S4 Pro would be a pity. I can see WiFi only packing that while the LTE enabled featuring the SD600, but that'd mean you don't get a cellular Nexus 7 for $229, then the price jump is not justified.

9. valapsp

Posts: 565; Member since: Aug 12, 2011

I want it but don't have the money. :'(

10. wendygarett unregistered

A device that show only bump up specs? Ain't nobody got time for dat...

11. KingKurogiii

Posts: 5713; Member since: Oct 23, 2011

aw man, why'd they do away with the textured back? that was one of my favorite things about the N7.

39. KingKurogiii

Posts: 5713; Member since: Oct 23, 2011

i just had a theory about why there's not a textured back... three words. different. color. options.

12. alltechinside

Posts: 248; Member since: Apr 21, 2013

I think this is fake (at least the specs). Idk about the video, could be a prototype or the real thing but I highly doubt we'll see 4 GB of RAM. (We are seeing a spec of a laptop on a 7 inch screen tablet!) I think we'll see Snapdragon 600 processor just because I don't think Snapdragon builds the S4 Pro chips anymore. We're more likely to see Snapdragon 400 than a S4 Pro if Google decides to use a weaker chip for a lower price range. But, as I said, we'll probably see Snapdragon 600 processor. Having a dual Stereo speakers would be awesome! This could be arguably the best 7 inch tablet!

13. wendygarett unregistered

I think it's a typo, 4gb of Rom, not ram :)

27. alltechinside

Posts: 248; Member since: Apr 21, 2013

I don't think you understand what ROM means. Here you go:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Read-only_memory

14. RORYREVOLUTION

Posts: 3131; Member since: Jan 12, 2010

4GBs of RAM is not going to happen, not this year and probably not even next year. We still haven't even gotten 3GBs of RAM as standard for high end devices.

22. KingKurogiii

Posts: 5713; Member since: Oct 23, 2011

people probably would've said the same thing about a 41MP Camera or a 3300mAh battery in a phone but they happened. companies like Google do drastic things sometimes. i'm skeptical too but there may be some truth behind this rumor. it's kind of too left field to be based on nothing.

24. Berzerk000

Posts: 4275; Member since: Jun 26, 2011

We also thought we would get 1.5 GB of RAM before 2, but look what happened. I think OEMs like even numbers.

26. alltechinside

Posts: 248; Member since: Apr 21, 2013

It's actually more efficient for ram (or any storage) to be used in powers of 2. (1, 2, 4, 8, 16, 32, ..... 128, 256, 512,.....). If it is 3 GB of Ram, OEM's will need to use two RAMs (1 GB and 2GB) instead of one 4GB of RAM. Using 2 rams might not be as efficient as using a single ram. Not to mention that using two rams use more battery life than using a single ram.

29. KingKurogiii

Posts: 5713; Member since: Oct 23, 2011

using two RAM's in this instance would actually be more efficient as most of these SoC's now support dual-channel memory. especially if they're matching whatever kind of modules phones use.

15. quyenqchau0813 unregistered

My thought on the rear camera: a little too big

16. quyenqchau0813 unregistered

My thought on the rear camera: a little too big

18. mottykels

Posts: 387; Member since: May 15, 2013

Uglyyyy

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