New Nexus 7 tablet owners like myself are wondering when the slate will get a dock. After all, there are metal pins on the side of the device, which are typically used for docking and charging solutions. According to Swedish site NordicHardware, there is an official dock coming later in August based on leaked images and specifications. They’re likely the real deal as the site pulled down its blog post “by request.”
Luckily, others such as Droid-Life captured the information, which show a landscape orientation dock expected to cost $49.99 with an anticipated launch targeted for the week of August 24. According to the data, the dock will use a microUSB cord and wall charger, which will refresh the Nexus 7 battery through the metal pins. Also included is a 3.5 millimeter jack for external speakers. The Nexus 7 will likely change to a software “dock mode” when placed into the accessory.
Also planned is a $39.99 premium leather cover that doubles as a stand for the Nexus, which could be handy for watching videos when not docked. The leaked information shows that more color choices will be coming to the standard Nexus case, which is currently available in dark gray for $19.99.
If these products are legitimate — and based on the post takedown, I suspect they are — I could see a Nexus 7 dock in my future. Currently, I plug the tablet in and leave it on my nightstand, but it’s not readily useful. With the tablet in an angled view and still taking a charge, the Nexus 7 would be a handy bedside media player and alarm clock.