Three years since the release of the Nexus 7, it seems that Google is finally preparing for the release of an updated third-generation Nexus 7 tablet. While an official announcement has yet to be made, several publications have reported on the possible specifications and features of the upcoming tablet.
The current Asus Nexus 7 (2013) tablet was also given a $100 price drop, which may indicate that Google is planning to release its successor soon.
Although Asus developed the first and second-generation Nexus 7 tablets, Google is reportedly considering Huawei as its new tablet manufacturer. According to Tech Times, Google may choose to go with Huawei due to the success of the Nexus 6P smartphone.
In terms of specs and features, the Google Nexus 7 (2016) will reportedly take its cues from the recently released Google Pixel C tablet. While the Nexus 7 will still retain its 7-inch display, the tablet will feature improved screen resolution (2560 x 1800) and a faster processor. The latest reports are pointing to Nexus 7 featuring a Kirin 950 or an NVIDIA Tegra X1 chipset.
To compete with the latest tablets in the market today, the Nexus 7 will likely have at least 2 GB of RAM. There are also some reports that the tablet may come with 3 GB of RAM.
Tech Times also reported that the Google Nexus 7 (2016) may already be in production and may be released by May 2016. Google may also opt to introduce the tablet during its 2016 I/O Developers' Conference taking place in either July or August.
If the Google Nexus 7 tablet is to be released sometime this year, it will likely run on the Android 6.0 Marshmallow OS out of the box.
It is always exciting to see a new gadget unveiled, however, due to the lack of announcements from Google, readers are advised to take the recent reports and speculations with a grain of salt. Stay tuned for the latest news and updates regarding the Google Nexus 7 (2016) tablet.