It appears that the Nexus 7 2 release is at hand as Google has announced a press event for July 24th and new documents indicate that retailers are expecting stock in on July 20th, ahead of the event.
Rumors prior to today pointed to a new Nexus 7 tablet, presumably called Nexus 7 2, as arriving sometime in late July or early August. That time frame was all but confirmed by a Google announcement today, one wherein the company confirmed an event in San Francisco on July 24th headed up by Android head Sundar Pichai.
The event will be live streamed to the public, meaning, it’s likely more than just a little breakfast get together. Instead, it’s likely going to be the launch pad for at least two new products, Android 4.3 and the Nexus 7 2 tablet.
Google typically moves fast to release its new products and it appears that it will be doing something similar with Android 4.3 and the Nexus 7 2. Engadget has produced evidence from OfficeMax that suggests that the retailer, and likely other retailers as well, will be getting Nexus 7 2 stock in stores on July 20th, four days ahead of the announcement.
What this means is that we could see a release as early as next week, perhaps on the day of Google’s press event. Although stock is heading to retailer before that date, it’s unlikely to launch before Google makes an announcement. It’s also possible that we could see the company release it several weeks down the road but with Android 4.3 Jelly Bean rumored for July, a July release seems likely.
The Nexus 7 2 will likely be accompanied by Android 4.3 Jelly Bean, a new update for Google’s operating system, and it should be coming with a 1980 x 1200 display, quad-core Snapdragon 600 processor, 5MP rear camera, and LTE speeds, all of which were confirmed by an FCC filing for an Asus K009, a device thought to be the new Nexus.
It appears that OfficeMax will continue to sell the Nexus 7, even after the arrival of the Nexus 7 2, though it’s unclear just how long the predecessor will be on shelves. The Nexus 7 2 is expected to come with a more expensive $230 price tag which means that for some, the $199 or less Nexus 7 will be a tempting offer.