The odds of a next-generation Google Nexus 7 release date this summer just went up dramatically.
Not since the launch of the very first iPad back in 2010 has any tablet managed to drum up quite the same advance interest and at times hysteria as the follow-up to the Google Nexus 7. While it may indeed be the Amazon Kindle Fire that lit the spark for the affordable 7-inch tablet market, it was undoubtedly the Nexus 7 that took that spark and created an explosion.
Redefining bang for buck and showing that rock-solid specs and features didn’t have to mean painful price tags, the Google Nexus 7 swept the world off its feet and collected practically every award in the book.
Understandable therefore that talk of a 2013 Google Nexus 7 – aka the Nexus 7.7 – set to release this summer once again has the world on tenterhooks. It is of course pure speculation and rumor until confirmed, but the ongoing chatter and gossip-mongering has this week been backed by a credible new report from Reuters.
According to the new agency’s sources, the Google Nexus 7.7 will pack a Qualcomm Snapdragon chipset and has been penciled in for a July release date – Asustek having apparently been lined up to manufacture an initial run of eight million units by the end of the year.
High hopes therefore to say the least, but if the Nexus 7.7 delivers even close to the rumored list of specs and features, its success is an absolute certainty. Along with the Qualcomm CPU, the new Nexus Tablet will sport a smaller bezel for a more compact design, massively increased screen resolution and in all likelihood Google’s Android Key Lime Pie at the helm – the OS expected to launch at the company’s I/O event in May.
And given the fact that Nexus 7.7 will once again represent a device that sucks in the most revenue for Google by way of advertising and content sales, chances are it will launch for the same staggeringly low price as last year’s Nexus 7.
Factor in a few price reductions and we could be looking at the first-generation Nexus 7 heading for the $149 mark or lower as an added bonus.