Nexus 7 2: 5 Things to Know

At Google I/O 2013, Google was expected to debut a new Nexus 7 tablet, a new Nexus 7 presumably called the Nexus 7 2, to take the place of the Nexus 7 and battle not only the iPad mini but its likely successor, the iPad mini 2. That launch of course did not occur, leaving consumers wondering about the whereabouts of the Nexus 7 2 and if it might make an appearance sometime later this year.

Over the past few months, signs began pointing to a possible Nexus 7 successor at this year’s Google I/O, the same conference that Google used in 2012 to debut the current Nexus 7 tablet. Analysts and leaks pointed to an upgraded Nexus 7, a Nexus 7 2, making its debut on stage today during Google’s day one keynote. However, it appears that the company had other plans.

Read: Nexus 7 2, Nexus 4 & Android 4.3 Update MIA.

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The Nexus 7 2 did not show up at Google I/O 2013.

Instead of announcing a new Nexus 7 tablet, the company instead focused on many of its existing services, including Google Maps, and only announced one piece of new hardware in the form of the Samsung Galaxy S4 Google/Nexus Edition that will be arriving on the Google Play Store on June 26th.

The Galaxy S4 Nexus Edition was the only new piece of hardware that Google announced on stage, opting not to introduce a new Nexus 7 tablet for its Google Play Store.

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Considering the timing, the Nexus 7 is approaching its first birthday and considering the rumors, this came as a bit of a shock not only to the media but to consumers as well. Of course, looking more closely at the build up to Google I/O, there were signs that something was amiss, a point that we’ll touch on in a second.

So what’s next for the Nexus 7 2, we can’t be entirely sure as the device still hasn’t emerged from the shadows. Despite the lack of information and the fact that we’re now left with tons of questions, rather than answers, we want to take a look at the five most important things that consumers should know about the Nexus 7 2, real or not.

This Isn’t Surprising

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For all the leaks, the actual Nexus 7 2 never emerged.

For many, the lack of a Nexus 7 2 at Google I/O will come as a surprise. However, looking back, things just didn’t seem to add up and it really isn’t surprising to see the Nexus 7 2 miss out on Google I/O.

Over the past few months, there were rumors of a Nexus 7 2 at Google I/O. However, those rumors came from suspect sources, including analysts. Some of that information, including an analysts claim that it would have a 5MP rear camera, was more than questionable. The original Nexus 7 shunned a rear camera to keep costs low and it would be odd to see Asus and Google cave to pressure that simply isn’t there. Tablets don’t make good cameras.

Maybe more telling was the fact that the Nexus 7 2 didn’t leak out ahead of the event. Typically, Nexus devices, just see the Nexus 4 as an example, leak out in the wild ahead of their debut. It was extremely strange to see the Nexus 7 2 remain in the shadows all the way until the keynote. Sure, Google was able to do it with the Nexus Q last year but that was an anomaly.

So while it may seem a little strange that the Nexus 7 2 didn’t debut at Google I/O, know that rumors were flimsy at best and that in reality, it’s not much of a surprise at all.

Don’t Count a Nexus 7 2 Out

That said, those who are indeed interested in a new 7-inch tablet from Google should not count one out for 2013. Some of the information contained in these rumors was likely correct and Google simply may have chosen not to use Google I/O as the Nexus 7 2′s launching pad, instead opting for a release down the road.

Google had great success with the Nexus 7 tablet and we imagine that it will be releasing a successor at some point down the road, much like it does with its yearly Nexus smartphone. The time just isn’t right now.

With Apple likely introducing a new iPad mini 2 this year, Google will surely be releasing something with a partner to try and counteract it and a new Nexus 7 is definitely up to the task.

Possible Release Date

We could see a release before the holidays alongside the Nexus 5.

We could see a release before the holidays alongside the Nexus 5.

A new Nexus 7 tablet is likely on the table for sometime in 2013, it’s just a matter of when. Now that Google has chosen not to debut a new tablet at Google I/O, a release date is completely up in the air. There is one window that users can circle on the calendar though.

Google typically holds two major events during the year. Google I/O, and another event later in the year where it announces its yearly Nexus smartphone. Last year’s Nexus event centered around the Nexus 4, Android 4.2 and the Nexus 10 and Nexus 7 3G tablets.

That date is strategically placed before the holiday season, much like Apple’s tablet launches, so it could be that we see Google debut a new Nexus 7 2 then alongside the rumored Nexus 11 tablet.

Apple neglected to offer a new tablet in the first half of 2013 and it could be that Google is simply biding its time before it shows its hands to the world. Android 5.0 figures to be a massive release and it could be that it wants to debut a powerful tablet with a powerful piece of software, not Android 4.2 Jelly Bean.

Likely Features

Despite not knowing exactly what Asus and Google have up their sleeve for the Nexus 7 2, consumers should know that the features are fairly predictable.

Should it arrive later this year, and it likely will, the device will come equipped with the latest version of Android in vanilla form. It will more than likely come with at least 16GB or 32GB storage with no microSD card support, and it will more than likely come equipped with a 1080p display, the standard for devices of 2013.

We also now know that Google is still keen on offering 4G LTE devices. The new Samsung Galaxy S4 Nexus Edition comes with 4G LTE support for AT&T and T-Mobile so we expect that any new Nexus 7 2 would likely come with the same feature attached.

Expect a solid front-facing camera as well and a design that is tweaked, possibly thinner and lighter than the original Nexus 7. All of these features are still going to be top-notch late in 2013.

Nexus 7 Still a Solid Choice

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The Nexus 7 remains a solid tablet option.

All of that said, the Nexus 7 still remains a solid choice for those looking for an alternative to the 7.9-inch iPad mini. The device’s 720p display is still top-notch for this form factor and remember, it’s also powered by a Tegra 3 quad-core processor which is suitable for the needs of most people.

Maybe best of all, it’s extremely cheap and will continue to remain that way. The device is a mere $199 for a 16GB model and only $250 for the larger 32GB Nexus 7. Both prices should be easily stomached by consumers on the hunt for a new tablet.

Also keep in mind, this is a Nexus device which means that it will not only continue to be swiftly updated but it will get updated for the months and possibly years to come.

No, there wasn’t a Nexus 7 2 at Google I/O, but shoppers can still buy the older Nexus 7 with confidence.

  

Comments

  1. DaveJones says

    Certainly no new Nexus 7 II is a disappointment — however, one Android tablet that does launch this week and offers some impressive features is the new Icoo 7GS (3G edition) — with one of the first sites it’s available through is called TabletSprint — this new 7-inch Android tablet compares to the current $300 Nexus 7 3G version, with most of the same features, but is priced about $200 — and while the Icoo brand doen’t have the name brand recognition of Nexus, it offers an excellent build quality and specs that include one of the newest Rockchip Quad Core processors, 16GB memory, an HD 1280X800 IPS screen, Bluetooth, WiFi, MicroSD memory card storage, HDMI, Dual Cameras and a SIM slot built in with 3G HSPA+ and unlike the current Nexus 7 3G which only provides data Internet access, the Icoo 7GS offers both internet and phone call connection through any GSM carrier, including AT&T and T-Mobile — the site TabletSprint also features a few other upcoming Android devices worth reviewing that become available in early June.

  2. WhyNotV2 says

    Maybe they didn’t release it because it won’t only be the “minor” tweaks that were rumored (screen res, processor upgrade), but one of the other speculative specs…7.7″ screen. Who knows other than Google.

  3. T says

    5 things to know ? Even the author himself doesn’t know what he’s talking about. Could have said in one paragraph instead of writing such a big mess!

  4. Santa's liddle helper says

    You’re all like little kids on Christmas eve, hoping that Santa’s going to deliver the latest toy, only to find that daddy’s drank the sherry and p!ssed on the tree.

  5. Edgar Martinez says

    Seeing is believing, I can tell you stories which are not true, prove to me and others that the nexus 7.2 is way better than the nexus 7 I got now. Stop the garbage and let’s get facts. Thank you from a loyal nexus7 customer

  6. beep834 says

    Its not like one needs a crystal ball to know what specs N72 will have. Obviously 1080p rez. Quadcore processor (probaby SnapDragon 800). If the Next Nexus 7 has usb 3.0 capabilities…. It probably wont but that would be sick.

    I want to buy a Tablet so badly, so it’s bugging me Google wont announce the N72.

  7. dennisvjames says

    best piece of hardware I have ever owned. Fits in my jacket inside pocket as well as powerful and fast. I also own Samsung tablets and I prefer the vanilla Android over what is offered by Samsung. However Samsung does have a few great features that I would like to see included on vanilla android (stylus).

  8. Sungkham says

    I think the longer google keeps teasing with this illusive ghost nexus 7, the more opportunities Samsung has to erode google share of tablet with the flush of Samsung tablets of high quality one after another. And it will a matter of time before this ghost brand nexus 7 is a time machine.

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