The FCC just semi-announced the next Nexus 7. There aren’t any photos, so you can forget that, but there’s still a lot to pour over. On page 6 (screenshot below) of a 40 page test report for a product known as “MSQK009”, there’s proof that this particular tablet will have Nexus branding. The same page also reveals that there’s going to be a 3.8 volt 15 Wh battery. If you use the correct formula (watt-hours = milliampere-hours × volts / 1000), then you’ll see the battery in question can hold 3,950 mAh. The same page also says the device will use Qualcomm’s APQ8064, which is just a fancy way of saying Snapdragon S4 Pro.
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According to DigiTimes, the Taiwanese supply chain rumor website that makes technology journalists want to rip their hair out, the second generation Nexus 7 will be on store shelves next month (July) and it’ll cost at least $229. It’ll come with 16 GB of internal storage, though there’s no word as to whether or not that’ll be expandable via microSD. I doubt it.
Google didn’t announce Android 4.3 at I/O, but more importantly they didn’t announce a new Nexus 7. There are conspiracy theories as to why, but something tells me Google simply wants to be a little bit more like Apple. They want to hold a dedicated event for their new product, spend 90 minutes showing it off and explaining why it’s important, and then they end their talk with a price tag and the three most delicious words a company can say: “Starts shipping tomorrow.”
Shortly after Google’s 57 hour keynote ended, the Bluetooth SIG published a press release saying support for Bluetooth Smart will be coming to Android in “the coming months”. What exactly is Bluetooth Smart? It’s an ultra low power version of Bluetooth meant for things like sensors, smart watches, and other sorts of devices with tiny batteries.
Google I/O is going to kick off on May 15th, and it’s pretty much guaranteed that we’ll see new hardware at the event. Some sites are claiming we’ll see a refreshed 32 GB Nexus 4 with 4G LTE support for American networks, which is a bold bet. A more obvious hardware release is an updated Nexus 7. According to AppleInsider, who obtained a research note from KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, the new Nexus 7 is going to make the old Nexus 7 feel like a Nokia 1100.
According to the Taiwanese supply chain and rumor website DigiTimes, ASUS plans on shipping between 7 million and 8 million Nexus 7 successors this year. The first million units are expected to go out in May, so they can arrive on store shelves in June, and then the rest are expected to trickle out during the rest of 2013.
Retuers, who doesn’t publish a rumor unless they know it’s going to happen, says Google will begin selling an updated Nexus 7 in July. Said tablet will be made by ASUS, just like the first one, but the NVIDIA Tegra chip will be swapped out for a Qualcomm Snapdragon, mainly due to power concerns.