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.
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