An enhanced version of Nexus 7 is expected to be unveiled by Google at the company's I/O event scheduled to begin on 15 May. Renowned KGI Securities analyst, Ming-Chi Kuo, is once again in the limelight, as he reveals a few potential specifications of the second-generation Nexus 7 in his research note, ahead of the impending I/O event.
According to the analyst, the new Nexus 7 would be co-created by Google and Asus with a few noteworthy upgrades to its previous iteration. The revamped 7in display will support full HD (1920 x 1200 pixels) resolution at 16:10 aspect ratio with the new LTPS technology. The new display technology is said to be comparable to the Retina display quality of current generation iPad tablets.
The report further suggests that the existing Nvidia Tegra 3 chipset of Nexus 7 will make way for a more powerful Snapdragon S4 Pro processor from Qualcomm, which is already powering the popular Nexus 4. Other key specifications as revealed by Kuo include a five-megapixel rear camera, a two-megapixel front-facing camera, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and NFC capability.
The Nexus device will be powered by a smaller 4,000 mAh battery in contrast to the 4,325 mAh battery found in the previous generation. The next-gen tablet is expected to ship with wireless charging support and run Android 4.3 Jelly Bean out-of-the-box. The new iteration of Jelly Bean is also likely to be launched at the high-profile I/O event later this month.
Despite featuring a power-packed hardware configuration, the new Nexus 7 will be reportedly available at a base price of $199 for the 16GB Wi-Fi-only model. Given its budget-friendly price, the next-generation 7in tablet is touted to pose a stiff competition to its rivals, iPad Mini and iPad Mini 2.
The analyst's report should be taken with a pinch of salt, as Google has not hinted at any new Nexus product release in the upcoming I/O event, except the probable launch of next Jelly Bean iteration, Android 4.3.