While Google failed to announce a new Nexus 7 2 at Google I/O 2013, rumors of a Nexus 7 successor continue to swirl as we get deeper into the year. And while rumors are still fairly scarce, it’s time to take an in-depth look at what not to expect from a possible Nexus 7 sequel.
Prior to last week’s Google I/O, there was rampant speculation that Google would announce a new Nexus 7 to replace the aging original model and take on the likes of the iPad mini and the iPad mini 2. At the event, Google did announce a new Nexus only it was the Samsung Galaxy S4 Nexus and not a Nexus 7 2 or even a new version of the Nexus 4, leaving consumers in the dark about what’s to come.
Read: Nexus 7 2: What to Expect.
Of course, since then, Nexus 7 2 rumors have continued to emerge with the latest pointing to a release in July, the same month that Google released the Nexus 7 last year. That launch date comes on the heels of a number of rumors about the Nexus 7 2 including the features it will have on board when and if it touches down.
The device has been rumored to have a 7-inch 1080p display, quad-core processor possibly of the Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 variety, and faster charging, something that would go a long way as the Nexus 7 has been plagued by slow charging issues.
And while those certainly are not pieced together completely, the Nexus 7 2 is a fairly easy device to predict. We’ve already taken a look at what consumers should expect from a Google and Asus made Nexus 7 2 and now, it’s time to consider what not to expect from Google’s 7-inch tablet that is likely to emerge at some point this year.
Lack of a Nexus 7 2
While the Nexus 7 2 still hasn’t leaked out for the world to see, we don’t expect a lack of a Nexus 7 2 in 2013. As we’ve touched on before, the success of the original Nexus 7 will surely be cause for Google to link up with Asus once again to deliver a fantastic 7-inch Android tablet and one that will likely be one of the leaders on the market.
While the device did not emerge at Google I/O, something that was somewhat surprising, neither did a new version of Android. So it’s clear that Google purposefully held back announcements from the show. One of those announcements was likely a new Nexus tablet, one that Google will pit against a new iPad mini 2 later this year.
The rumors that have emerged weren’t just made up, there is a new Nexus lurking out there, and consumers should not expect Asus and Google to can it.
Exact Same Design
No, the device has not leaked out yet but already we can say with confidence that the Nexus 7 2 won’t look exactly the same as its predecessor. The exact differences are of course unknown but the clue lies in the Nexus smartphones that we’ve seen Google release on a yearly basis.
The Nexus One differed from the Nexus S. The Samsung Galaxy Nexus differed from the Nexus S. And the Nexus 4, the most current Nexus smartphone, differed from the Galaxy Nexus. Expect Google to continue that trend with its Nexus tablets.
Just as Apple does with its iPad lineup, there may not be a huge overhaul in the design, but expect some differences. Whether it’s slimmer, more lightweight or simply has ports and buttons in difference places.
It will be different, so don’t go expecting it to be the same.
Drastically Different Price
Apple’s iPad mini has taken the tablet world by storm and Google has several ways to lure consumers away from Apple’s current Mini and the one that’s coming next.
One of those ways is through the device’s price. The iPad mini, while small, isn’t a cheap tablet. It checks in with a starting price tag of $330, far more expensive than the Nexus 7 which starts at $199.
Don’t expect Google to lessen this advantage by drastically altering the price on the Nexus 7 2. $199 and $250 are reasonable price points for the Nexus 7 and with the high-end specifications that should come with the Nexus 7 2, expect those price points to be what Google uses to pry consumers away from Apple.
Sprint and Verizon
After the turmoil that surrounded the Verizon Samsung Galaxy Nexus, we saw Google unleash a Nexus 4 with support for AT&T and T-Mobile, without 4G LTE data speeds. We also saw the same with the Nexus 7 3G which arrived unlocked and for use with the GSM networks in the United States. Same goes for the Samsung Galaxy S4 Nexus hitting shelves next month.
At this point, consumers should expect the same from the Nexus 7 2. A GSM compatible 4G LTE tablet that is available on both AT&T and T-Mobile. It’s possible that we could see Google reconcile with CDMA carriers like Sprint and Verizon with the Nexus 7 2, but at this point, consumers should not expect it to happen.
In July of last year, Google debuted two variants of the Nexus 7. A Wi-Fi only 8GB and a Wi-Fi only 16GB model. And when Google announced the 3G version of the Nexus 7, it did away with the 8GB option and introduced a larger, 32GB Nexus 7 that replaced it. The 16GB model simply dropped down to $199.
Don’t expect an 8GB Nexus 7 2. It’s clear that the 32GB was the better option, given that there is no expandable storage on Nexus devices, and given how large movies and game files are. Instead, expect Google to unleash 16GB and 32GB Nexus 7 2 options right off the bat this time around, something it should have done with the original.
MicroSD Card Slot
Plain and simple, don’t expect any expandable storage on the Nexus 7 2. Google simply has not shown that it’s committed to putting it on board, despite pleas from consumers.
Instead, the Nexus 7 2 will likely come with larger on board storage options and rely heavily on the cloud. Remember, Apple’s iPad mini doesn’t have expandable storage either.
While the iPad mini was ravaged with stock shortages and the Nexus 4 encountered some problems due to misjudged demand, the Nexus 7 2 likely won’t encounter the same issues.
Demand simply won’t be as high for this device as it will be for a device like an iPad mini 2 with Retina Display and Google will likely also not make the same mistake of ordering too few tablets.
Instead, expect the device to be readily available on the Google Play Store, and at a number of other retailers, for the months that it’s there.