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Report: Asus, Google Working on Next-gen Nexus 7

By - Source: DigiTimes | B 15 comments

Google and Asus are working on a next-generation Nexus 7 tablet.

The oh-so-spotty DigiTimes reports that Asus and Google are currently collaborating on a next-generation Nexus 7 tablet. This bit of news isn't surprising given that branded tablets (iPad, Kindle Fire) typically have a shelf life of a year before the next-generation model arrives, pushing consumers into sinking more money on a newer model.

Digitimes' typical unnamed sources from the upstream supply chain claim that Asus and Google plan to reveal the 2nd-generation Nexus 7 tablet in May during Google I/O 2013 (alongside a possible Nexus 4 successor and a 2nd-generation Samsung Nexus 10). The combined shipments of the two Nexus 7 tablets are expected to reach 10 million units in 2013, sources said.

So what's changed in the new Nexus 7? Based on "engineering samples", the updated tablet will sport a Full HD display, or rather 1920 x 1080, an upgrade from the current model's 1280 x 800 resolution. So far there's no indication that Google and Asus will add HDMI output, one of the biggest features the current model regretfully lacks.

Sources said the new model will also feature an industrial design with a thinner display border. Even more, the pricetag will stay the same, costing between $199 and $249, depending on the internal storage capacity. As it stands now, the current 16 GB model retails for $199 whereas the 32 GB version sells for $249.

Finally, sources said that the new Nexus 7 will use Android "Jelly Bean" right out of the box (v4.2.1 is the current version). But there's a good chance Google will use the much-rumored "Key Lime Pie" with this release as well as the rumored next-gen Nexus 10 and Nexus 4 successor. So far Google hasn't officially confirmed "Key Lime Pie" or the next-generation products, so stay tuned for more.

Hey, maybe this version won't have cosmetic issues seen with the 1st-generation model like the display coming apart from the bezel (which mine finally did), and dead pixels.

 

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    kawininjazx , January 31, 2013 12:03 PM
    I honestly don't see any need for an update until at least Q4.
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    killerclick , January 31, 2013 12:36 PM
    Haha 1080p tablet for $199. They're really spoiling us
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    Vorador2 , January 31, 2013 1:02 PM
    Wait, Google is working on a new tablet??? Preposterous!!! Nobody could have guessed that!!!

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    cknobman , January 31, 2013 1:24 PM
    Is the SOC still going to be Tegra 3? If so I will pass.
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    amdwilliam1985 , January 31, 2013 1:42 PM
    Upgrade to Tegra 4, start with 16GB and 32GB as standard. Maybe throw us a back camera too, pretty please...
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    InvalidError , January 31, 2013 1:48 PM
    cknobmanIs the SOC still going to be Tegra 3? If so I will pass.

    The Tegra3 was already somewhat old when the N7 came out so I would expect Tegra4 or equivalent/better.

    I'm not buying another tablet without micro-SDHC/SDXC slot though. I have one SD-less N7 already, I don't want another.
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    CrArC , January 31, 2013 2:56 PM
    InvalidErrorThe Tegra3 was already somewhat old when the N7 came out so I would expect Tegra4 or equivalent/better.I'm not buying another tablet without micro-SDHC/SDXC slot though. I have one SD-less N7 already, I don't want another.
    Lack of SDHC/SDXC was why I had to pass up the N7 in the first place. Regrettable as it's really nice to use, but I just need the storage. Galaxy Tab 2 7.0 for me - which is actually quite fast on a custom ROM (almost twice as fast as stock, the stock ROM really holds it back). Still, made great gifts for my girlfriend and my Dad , neither of them need the expandability.

    Google deliberately don't put HDMI and SD card support in to allow other vendors to compete though, so I don't expect they will add it to any future models.
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    killerclick , January 31, 2013 3:19 PM
    InvalidErrorI'm not buying another tablet without micro-SDHC/SDXC slot though. I have one SD-less N7 already, I don't want another.


    CrArCLack of SDHC/SDXC was why I had to pass up the N7 in the first place.


    What do you guys use your tablets for? I got a 16GB Nexus 7 in July and it has over 10GB available even if I have a bunch of games on it. Is anyone seriously storing movies on their tablets? I could understand if you're homeless, but surely there are better ways to watch movies than on a 7" handheld?
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    razor512 , January 31, 2013 4:32 PM
    I would also like an SD card slot. I tend to like to have enough storage to it multiple anime series on the tablet for viewing when traveling.
    PS the nexus 7 and nexus 10 both have the input for an sdhc card slot, they just chose not to install the card slot so that they can sell 2 storage tiers.

    SDHC support is built into many SOC's and generally only requires the slot to be installed. ( in some cases a few passive components such as resistors and capacitors may be needed, but you will not find a modern ARM based SOC without a sdhc pinout, and by modern, I mean from the past 10 years.

    Hdmi output requires an additional active controller.

    sdhc slots are extremely cheap, you even see them in those cheap $40 chinese tablets. And if you really want to cheapout, you can simply change the pcb layout to run the sdhc traces to the end of the board, then use part of the case as the body Of the slot. The cutout will Reduce the cost of the case since slightly less plastic is being used, the tiny beads of solder will be at the ends of those traces, and that requires no change on the wave solder machine, it does not increase the cost of the PCB since they come completely covered in copper, and the acid bath removes all but the wanted traces.

    Any cost added by the solder, will offset by the plastic saved on the case.

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    scythe944 , January 31, 2013 5:06 PM
    razor512I would also like an SD card slot. I tend to like to have enough storage to it multiple anime series on the tablet for viewing when traveling.PS the nexus 7 and nexus 10 both have the input for an sdhc card slot, they just chose not to install the card slot so that they can sell 2 storage tiers.SDHC support is built into many SOC's and generally only requires the slot to be installed. ( in some cases a few passive components such as resistors and capacitors may be needed, but you will not find a modern ARM based SOC without a sdhc pinout, and by modern, I mean from the past 10 years.Hdmi output requires an additional active controller.sdhc slots are extremely cheap, you even see them in those cheap $40 chinese tablets. And if you really want to cheapout, you can simply change the pcb layout to run the sdhc traces to the end of the board, then use part of the case as the body Of the slot. The cutout will Reduce the cost of the case since slightly less plastic is being used, the tiny beads of solder will be at the ends of those traces, and that requires no change on the wave solder machine, it does not increase the cost of the PCB since they come completely covered in copper, and the acid bath removes all but the wanted traces.Any cost added by the solder, will offset by the plastic saved on the case.



    You're missing the point. Google doesn't add external storage slots to make you use their online "cloud" services instead. They are an advertising company that makes money off of your interests. If you had all the storage you ever wanted on your device, you'd be able to use their tablet completely off of their network almost and they'd never get any useful data off of you.

    They could easily add it, they just don't WANT to.
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    thomasf94 , January 31, 2013 5:55 PM
    Heck yeah! I love my nexus 7, and now an even better one coming?! ......... great. haha
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    InvalidError , January 31, 2013 5:58 PM
    scythe944You're missing the point. Google doesn't add external storage slots to make you use their online "cloud" services instead.

    Since I use my N7 mostly when I am away from home and WiFi, all Google's cloud-based stuff is worthless to me. Either I have my data at my fingertips or not at all.

    Google got caught with their pants down on unexpected high demand for the 16GB model. Hopefully this will be a clear enough hint that people still prefer taking their data with them.
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    Anonymous , January 31, 2013 9:26 PM
    @kawininjazx I don't see any need for an update at all.
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    InvalidError , February 1, 2013 12:39 AM
    MadeUpNeeds@kawininjazx I don't see any need for an update at all.

    2GB RAM (the norm for 2013 ARM platforms), Tegra4 (guess - certainly won't be Tegra3), hopefully dual-band 11N and 1080p screen for $200-250... I would buy one of these if I did not already have a N7. I might still consider upgrading to one if it has SDHC and micro-HDMI.
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    g00fysmiley , February 1, 2013 11:45 AM
    killerclickWhat do you guys use your tablets for? I got a 16GB Nexus 7 in July and it has over 10GB available even if I have a bunch of games on it. Is anyone seriously storing movies on their tablets? I could understand if you're homeless, but surely there are better ways to watch movies than on a 7" handheld?


    my phone has 32 gigs and even that is slammed full of data, but it is the galaxy nexus so i can't add a memory card, never buying another device without expandable memory for this reason. i don't see how anybody would not want expandable memory, throw some shows and movies on a memory card and pop it in when you want to use the media, i have alot of large pdf files, some cad files that i need access to and minimal media, not all users just ose thier smartphones and tablets for looking at pictures of cats some of us do actual work on them when we are in a place a computer can't go