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Google's next-gen 'Nexus 7 II' tablet tipped for July release

Google's popular Nexus 7 tablet may be getting a younger sibling soon.

IHS iSuppli revealed this week that it expects Japan Display Inc. and AUO to produce the next-gen tablet's display, while Quanta will build the device.

Production has not yet begun, according to Ricky Park, senior manager of large area displays at IHS, but is reportedly set to take place this summer.

"As far as [I know], JDI and AUO didn't start to supply this panel to Quanta yet," Park said in a statement. "However, they are saying it will start from June and July. So, it is not far to launch Nexus 7 II."

Japan Display, AUO, and Quanta did not immediately respond to requests for comments.

The news was initially reported by CNET, which pointed out that Google's first small-tablet device hit shelves in July 2012, so a summer announcement of Google's next-generation version wouldn't be a surprise.

Park expects the second iteration of the Nexus 7 (which he has dubbed "the Nexus 7 II") to sport a 1,920 x 1,200 display — a higher density than the original tablet, which boasts a 1,280 x 800 screen.

Those specs are accompanied by further details, published on the FCC website, which tip a 1.5-GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro quad-core processor, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and 4G LTE support, as well as front and rear cameras.

DigiTimes, meanwhile, placed the new line of tablets on shelves by July, with a 16GB version priced at $229 (£146).

Google did not immediately respond to a request for comment.