Second generation $229 Nexus 7 slated for July [Updated]

nexus-logoRumors about a new Nexus 7 started before Google I/O, and haven’t died down since. However, given that the current iteration of the tablet is about a year old, and it’s getting a bit long in the tooth, it would definitely make sense for Google to release an updated version very soon – maybe in July?

Digitimes is now reporting that a second-generation Nexus 7 will be released next month, starting at $229 for the 16GB base version. Google is pricing the tablet slightly higher than the first-generation Nexus 7, so it won’t compete directly with the increasing number of entry-level tablets that have been steadily decreasing in price; ASUS, for example, is selling a similar tablet of its own for $150.

Instead, Google wants to compete more directly against the likes of Amazon and Apple, who make similarly-priced and similarly-sized tablets of their own. We still don’t have any confirmed specs for the new Nexus 7 tablet, but given all of the recent Android 4.3 rumors, it is likely that it will launch with this updated OS.

Are you going to upgrade your Nexus 7 if and when this comes out, or are you happy with your current Nexus 7?


Update: We’ve now heard reports that the Nexus 7, codenamed K009, has passed through the FCC with a Snapdragon S4 Pro processor, a 5MP rear camera, a 1.2MP front camera, and 4G LTE connectivity.

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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.

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