Purported pics and specs of new Google Nexus 7 tablet leaked

Google is expected to unveil a follow-up to the Nexus 7 soon and this week some photos and video purporting to show the next-generation Android tablet turned up online, as did some rumoured specs and pricing information.

Android Central has published the "first probable pictures of what we believe is the long-awaited successor to the Nexus 7," images the tech site said were leaked by an anonymous source. Separately, Android Central said it had learned that Google will price a 16GB version of the tablet at $229 (£150) and a 32GB version at $269 (£177).

"First, a quick caveat: Ain't nothing official yet. Google's not announced anything, and we have no idea if what we see here is a finished product, or prototype," the site hedged before spilling some interesting details about the purported second-generation Nexus 7.

Here's a quick breakdown of what we may now know about Google's next slate:

  • It's being made by Asus for Google, just like the original Nexus 7

  • The new tablet runs the yet-to-be-released Android 4.3

  • Android Central anticipates that there will be Wi-Fi-only models and versions capable of accessing cellular data networks

  • The new tablet sports a 7in LCD display, has dual speakers, and features two cameras — one more than the current Nexus 7 — a 1.2-megapixel, front-facing camera made by Lite-On Mobile and a 5-megapixel, rear-positioned camera from Chicony

  • The unit viewed by Android Central is powered by Qualcomm's quad-core Snapdragon S4 Pro chip on the Qualcomm APQ8064 logic board, though the site noted that other reports have the second-generation Nexus 7 using a Snapdragon 600 processor

  • The next Nexus 7 may have "a ridiculously whopping 4GB of DDR3L RAM," per Android Central, though "we're not 100 percent sure on that, 2GB wouldn't surprise us at all," the site added

  • The power button and volume rocker are in the same place along the side of the new tablet as they are on the current Nexus 7, and the next-gen device sports a microUSB port just like its predecessor

The Android Central leak comes shortly after Google sent out invites for a July 24 event in San Francisco, which will feature an appearance from Sundar Pichai, Google's chief of Android and Chrome.

Some Google watchers also expect the company to release a new version of its mobile operating system next week, but Android 4.3 is more likely than Android 5.0 Key Lime Pie, which is rumoured for an October unveiling.