The wait for a new Nexus 7 tablet appears to ending next week. Android Central got its hands on a refreshed model of Google’s 7-inch slate, although it’s possible this is a pre-production unit that could vary from the final product. It’s likely we’ll find out for sure soon, however, due to a Google press event next Wednesday and leaked inventory mentions of a new Nexus 7 at various retailers.
This is a brief video look at the tablet Android Central has in house. It’s clearly marked with the Nexus logo on the back but curiously, the branding is landscape-oriented; the current Nexus uses portrait for its logo.
Few specs are mentioned by Android Central but the site does note the addition of a rear camera over the current Nexus, as well as dual speakers, Android 4.3 installed and the potential for 4GB of memory. I’m leery of that and suspect 2 GB of RAM will be included. A Qualcomm S4 Pro chip is inside this model and while that would be acceptable, I already placed my bet on a newer chip inside the final product: a Snapdragon 600 would make more sense to me at this point in time.
As far as the launch and availability of an updated Nexus are concerned, an Engadget tipster shared inventory information from Office Max suggesting the store will have the new device in stock on July 20 and a 32 GB model will retail for $269.99. That sounds about right, depending on how much upgrading the actual tablet specs get. I’d also expect a 16 GB model for around $40 less.
Even if inventory is received this Saturday, I wouldn’t plan to see the devices on store shelves right away. Google is holding a breakfast event with Google Senior Vice President, Chrome and Apps, Sundar Pichai — we were invited and plan to attend — on July 24. It’s possible that Google announces a new Nexus 7 prior to that date, but bacon, eggs and a side of Android tablet would make for good conversation next week.