After this morning’s reports of the second generation Nexus 7’s July release date and price, even more information on the next Nexus 7 has surfaced. The now very clearly real device has been spotted in both FCC and Bluetooth SIG filings, which gives us a very good idea of what the new tablet will actually be like.
The FCC filing reveals a number of the tablet’s features, including the new rear camera, Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro processor (similar to the chip in the Nexus 4), and 3,950mAh battery. The Snapdragon isn’t the very latest processor available, which may be a decision made to keep the price down.
This seems a bit odd with regards to the news earlier today that the new Nexus would be a bit more expensive than the previous version, but the new tablet is also reported to include LTE connectivity. This could be driving the cost of the device up if included in every model, but since LTE is something that has been lacking from current Nexus devices, consumers may be willing to pay a bit more for it.
The Bluetooth SIG filing doesn’t reveal too many specifications, but it does include the image that you can see above, which shows a tablet that looks almost exactly like the current Nexus 7. The filing also confirms the 7-inch display size, although the FCC drawing makes the tablet look a bit wider than the current version. Perhaps a 4:3 aspect ratio is in order? I, for one, would certainly like to see the change, but so far almost no mainstream Android devices have been made with the wider (iPad) aspect ratio.
Interestingly, the Bluetooth filing also mentions a Snapdragon 600 quad-core processor, a newer chip which is used in the Samsung Galaxy S4 and HTC One. Obviously, only one report can be correct, and while I’d certainly like to see a Snapdragon 600 in the new Nexus 7, the FCC report is likely more accurate.
So far, there has been no mention of the higher resolution display that I was hoping for back before Google I/O, but already the new Nexus 7 is shaping up to be a very good upgrade to the current tablet. The rear camera, faster processor, and LTE are all obvious upgrades, so I just hope the display gets improved to match everything else on the tablet.
Also, Google, don’t even bother with an 8GB version.[Liliputing | Bluetooth SIG via Android Police]