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The expectations of a new Nexus 7 keep rising. This week an analyst notes that Google will use a 1920 x 1200 display and Snapdragon 600 chip for an updated small tablet.

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While Apple fans are waiting for an iPad mini with improved screen, Android enthusiasts may see the Nexus 7 get its own Retina display next week. KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo penned a research note that AppleInsider read and Kuo expects Google’s small slate to gain a 1920 x 1200 display at Google’s I/O Developer event, which takes place May 15 to May 17.

Kuo’s expectations aren’t that different from earlier Reuters reports, whose sources in April indicated a high-resolution display, faster processor and doubling of device memory to 2 GB coming to the next model Nexus 7. Reuters suggested a 1920 x 1080 panel at 315 pixels per inch, while Kuo figures a 1920 x 1200 display at 323 PPI.

A Qualcomm APQ8064 chip will power the updated tablet, says Kuo, which is the same Snapdragon 600 currently used in the LG Optimus G Pro, Samsung Galaxy S 4 and HTC One smartphones. Wireless charging, an LTE option, 5 megapixel rear camera and Android 4.3 are also expected by the analyst.

These specifications sound right to me and I do expect Google to introduce a refreshed Nexus 7 at its developer event. I don’t think, however, that Google will be able to maintain the $199.99 current starting price for an updated Nexus 7. Even if the device comes in at a $249 to $299 range for a base Wi-Fi model, it’s less than Apple’s non-Retina iPad mini, which is $329. I still give some advantage to the iPad line, however, as I see more applications optimized for higher-resolution screens on iOS than on Android.

  1. Great! I get so tired of Mac fanboys touting their precious “retina” display. Guys, there are other devices that not only have a resolution on that level but surpass it. The doubling of the RAM is impressive to me as well.

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    1. Color accuracy counts too. Apple devices tend to win there.

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      1. Hmm, give me an example of a device where that is an issue

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        1. I have the current Nexus 7 and it has a higher resolution than the iPad mini and the image quality is still better on iPad mini.

          The color quality is palatable on the Nexus 7 but the sound is just absolute garbage.

          The new Nexus 7 better have better speakers period. And better bluetooth too. It’s bad enough the speakers were crap I can never play them on external speakers either.

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          1. I have a nexus my sister has an iPad mini. if there is something awful in the nexus is the sound. other than that, I am pretty happy.

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          2. Ok, thanks. I was curious about that. Do you have any idea why the higher resolution (which is an often touted feature) does not equal better image quality.

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            1. because calibration.

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            2. Calibration is part of it, gamut is also a huge part.

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  2. 1920 x 1200 is a 16:10 ratio! Much better than all those squatty 16:9 tablets, but I still prefer the 4:3 of an iPad.

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  3. I literally have no interest in the current Nexus tablets, but add a nice rear camera and hdmi to the 7 and I might be persuaded to consider the cellular version.

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  4. If Google (Asus) doesn’t improve the screen quality of Nexus 7, the higher resolution won’t mean much for me. The color saturation and clarity of Nexus 7 screen was so poor, I sold mine only after two month of use. Personally I prefer N7 form factor to iPad mini since I mostly use 7″ tablet as an eReader, and N7 size and weight are perfect for that purpose. I will be interested in a new N7, but won’t get one until I see it in person at a local store first.

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  5. Steven Hanifl Saturday, May 11, 2013

    Speaker improvement will be the rage next year due to the HTC One, when the average product cycle is up. I own a Nexus 7 and hope the storage space is increased, I found to my chagrin that a phone with an SD card was a better podcast device than my N7… Which is really what the N7 needed. I am curious as to why 32 GB is still the maximum after 4 years, the manufacturers of SD cards should really be pushing 128 or 256 Gb by now. When we get SD card readers that can handle those capacities then ,finally, internal device storage will become more realistic. 1080p isn’t that great without storage to match.

    I wonder when the people at Google will realize that a microSDHC reader is positively the easiest differentiation they can make for their products as opposed to Apple… and also realize that at 7 inches they have won the battle?

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