The oft-rumored Google/Asus Nexus 7 follow-up may have eluded us both at this year’s I/O and Computex, but its official announcement can’t be delayed much longer since the tablet has been seen getting FCC’s stamp of approval just hours ago.
A little disclaimer though before seeing exactly what FCC, plus other solid sources, have revealed – the tab caught receiving regulatory approvals is codenamed Asus K009, which we can’t tie to the original N7 (model number ME370T) just yet.
That’s likely nothing more than a technicality, because in all honesty we can’t imagine the K009 being anything other than the mythical second-gen Nexus 7. Especially since a K008 has been spotted at Bluetooth SIG not long ago, being almost definitely the Wi-Fi flavor of the N7-2.
With all that out of the way, let’s begin by saying the upgraded Nexus 7 is now as transparent as glass for the world. There’s little doubt the thing will pack a quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro SoC, which is a considerable bump over last year’s Tegra 3 processor.
The 7-inch display, initially tipped to boast WUXGA resolution (1,920 x 1,200 pixels), will likely end up being “just” Full HD, aka 1,920 x 1,080 pix res. It will also be manufactured by JDI after all, and not AUO, which is not very important though.
What’s far more important is there will be optional 4G LTE speeds, 2 gigs of RAM, 16 and 32 GB of on-board storage, a 5 MP rear snapper, 1.3 MP front cam, NFC, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0 and support for QI wireless charging.
The battery is probably the only department where the Nexus 7 will be downgraded, as this year’s tab is said to pack just a 3,950 mAh ticker (vs. 4,325 last year). Then again, this sacrifice will be made for a noble cause, with Google planning to slim down the N7 to measure just 7.5 or 8 mm in thickness.
On the software side of things, the N7-2 is to come with the still unreleased Android 4.3 Jelly Bean, while pricing is said to start at $229 for the 16 GB, Wi-Fi only variant. Basically that leaves the unveiling date as the only unanswered question, though with July tipped as a commercial debut, it’s safe to assume it won’t be long now. Who’s tingling with excitement at the mere thought of this second-gen Nexus 7?