Nexus 7 (2016) latest news: Recent speculations point to a May 2016 launch date; May be a budget version of Google Pixel C tablet

(Asus / Google Nexus)The Nexus 7 hasn't been updated since 2013.

The Google Nexus 7 tablet hasn't been updated since 2013. With the more recently released Nexus 9 tablet experiencing numerous performance issues, consumers have been looking forward to the launch of the third-generation Nexus 7 tablet. Based on the latest news, the Nexus 7 is expected to be launched in 2016.

News of the Nexus 7's development was first revealed through a Weibo post that, according to Digital Trends, says, "2016 Google Nexus 7 project began, but did not determine to Huawei. Huawei still wants to continue as Google's surgeon."

The 2012 and 2013 versions of the Nexus 7 were manufactured by Asus. Huawei, on the other hand, manufactured the recently released Nexus 6P. It seems, based on the Weibo post, Huawei may be interested in producing the third-generation Nexus 7 tablet. Given the success of the Nexus 6P, Google may consider Huawei for the Nexus 7.

In terms of specs, not much is known about the upcoming Nexus 7 tablet. It is likely to be a 7-inch slate with a budget-friendly price. It will also surely run the latest Android 6.0 Marshmallow OS. Some rumors also indicate that it may possibly be powered by a Kirin chipset.

Tech Times has also reported that the Nexus 7 (2016) may be launched by May next year. While its upcoming launch has not been officially confirmed, it is important to note that the Nexus 7 (2013) recently had a significant price drop. Change in prices usually indicate the arrival of a successor.

With the recent release of Google's premium Pixel C tablet, recent reports have posited that the Nexus 7 (2016) may be released as a cheaper alternative for the Google Pixel C which is being sold for $500.

At this point, nothing official has been confirmed and most updates are still speculative. Thus, it is important to take these details with a grain of salt. Stay tuned for the latest news and updates about the upcoming Nexus 7 (2016) tablet. 

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