Nexus 7 2 Launch Pegged for Late July
Google remains mum about the Nexus 7 2 but according to new information, it appears that the device will land sometime toward the end of July with a specific date still yet to be revealed.
While Asus and Google continue to be quiet about any plans for a new Nexus 7, rumors suggest that a device called the Asus K009, which recently passed through the FCC, will indeed be a new Nexus 7, currently called Nexus 7 2 or Nexus 7 HD.
Rumors have pegged July as the device’s release month and with the month pressing on, specifics are starting to emerge.
According to a report from Taiwanese publication Economic Daily, courtesy of RBMen, the Nexus 7 2 will be launched in late July and could do so with a $299 price tag. It appears that this may be the starting price tag which could mean a $100 price jump from the $199 Nexus 7 that arrived in July of last year. If true, it would also put the Nexus 7 at a price point that is much closer to the iPad mini which falls in at $330.
This isn’t the first time that we’ve heard about a possible price jump as another report claimed that the Nexus 7 2 would start at $220, or, $20 more expensive than the current Nexus 7.
No specific launch date is mentioned though the last day of July is July 30th. And with Android 4.3 Jelly Bean likely on board, it’s becoming increasingly likely that we’ll see both the Nexus 7 2 and Android 4.3 before the end of the month.
It’s unclear just how Google manages to justify the price increase, if there is one, though the Nexus 7 2 is said to indeed be coming with a number of high-end features including a 7-inch full HD display, quad-core processor of the Snapdragon 600 variety, 32GB of storage space, 4G LTE data speeds, and a battery that is 3950 mAh.
We’ve seen the Asus K008 pass through certification too, a sign that there will likely be a Wi-Fi only model in addition to the LTE model that will likely be heading to AT&T and T-Mobile and possibly Verizon as well.
For now, Nexus 7 2 rumors should be taken with a grain of salt, particularly those about price, and those interested in the device should circle the end of July in pencil as it appears as though it could be in line with the Nexus 7 2 launch.