Google and ASUS rumored to be working on 1080p Nexus 7 tablet

As if the ASUS Nexus 7 wasn’t already awesome enough, rumors are now circulating about a revised version of my favorite 7-inch tablet that will bring a 1080p full HD display to the table. Google is rumored to unveil the new Nexus 7 at Google I/O in May, with combined sales of the first- and second-generation Nexus 7 tablets expected to reach 10 million units by the end of 2013.

Specs of the new Nexus 7 are expected to be bumped slightly, and the tablet will be slightly thinner with less bezel, but it will sell for the same price as the first generation Nexus 7; namely, between $199-$249, depending on the model. According to this rumor, the new Nexus 7 will also run a newer version of Jelly Bean, in spite of previous speculation that Google might unveil Key Lime Pie at Google I/O.

All-in-all, this seems like a very believable rumor to me, despite the source. Google gave Samsung two runs with the Nexus S and Galaxy Nexus smartphones, so it seems logical that Google would give ASUS at least two runs with the Nexus 7 tablet, as well. Additionally, it seems that Google has definitely found the sweet spot in regards to tablet pricing, so I doubt it would want to raise the price at all. Personally, I’d also like to see a decent back camera, but I have a feeling this might be a hardware feature reserved for Google’s larger, more premium Nexus 10 line.

What would you like to see in the next iteration of the Nexus 7?

[DigiTimes via Android Community]
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John F

John was the editor-in-chief at Pocketables. His articles generally focus on all things Google, including Chrome and Android, although his love of new gadgets and technology doesn't stop there. His current arsenal includes the Nexus 6 by Motorola, the 2013 Nexus 7 by ASUS, the Nexus 9 by HTC, the LG G Watch, and the Chromebook Pixel, among others.