While Google didn’t offer up a Nexus 7 2 at Google I/O 2013 as was expected, leaks continue to surface, pointing to a possible launch at some point down the road, possibly in July, the same month that the original Nexus 7 arrived in last year.
In the build up to Google I/O, there were rumors circling about a possible Nexus 7 2 launch, a device that would replace the original Nexus 7 and challenge both the iPad mini and the presumed iPad mini 2 coming later this year. However, instead of announcing a new Nexus 7 2, Google showcased its many services including Google+ and Google Maps and announce a Samsung Galaxy S4 Nexus to fill the void.
Read: Nexus 7 2: What to Expect.
Shortly after Google I/O ended though, a Nexus 7 2 rumor emerged, pegging the next-generation Nexus tablet’s arrival for the month of July, the same month that Google launched the original Nexus 7. Now, more than a week after Google I/O, the Nexus 7 2 continues to leak out with the latest alleging the Nexus 7 2 touchscreen controllers for its display have begun shipping, a sign that a July release could be dead on accurate.
The news comes from hit-or-miss Digitimes which claims that Elan Microelectronics has begun shipping those touchscreen controllers ahead of the device’s arrival. Digitimes is the same publication that tagged the Nexus 7 2 with a July release date and this new information serves to back up its initial launch date claim.
Of course, this does not make the launch concrete. In fact, at this point, nothing is for certain given that the device itself hasn’t leaked out yet, something that typically happens when we are getting closer to a launch. Perhaps Asus, the supposed manufacturer, and Google have been able to keep a tight lid on the device or perhaps we’re still a bit too far out for those leaks to emerge.
Whatever the case may be, signs are still pointing to a Nexus 7 2 arrival sometime within the year and thanks to the success of the original Nexus 7 and the need for competition for the iPad mini, things are looking up for consumers who are in the market for a cheap but high-end Android tablet.
Earlier rumors suggested that the Nexus 7 2 will be coming with a 7-inch 1080p display and a quad-core Snapdragon 800 processor.