Next-gen Nexus 7 II tablet to include Snapdragon 600 CPU?

nexus7Where is Google’s next-generation Nexus 7 II? That’s the question many were asking when the 7-inch tablet was a no-show at Google’s I/O developers’ conference in May.

While the ASUS-manufactured tablet made its way to the US’ FCC for the once-twice-over back a few weeks ago under the assumed ‘K009′ model number, nothing has been seen or heard of it since.

Android fan site Ausdroid is reporting that one enterprising enthusiast got onto the ASUS Online help with the claim that they tricked the service operator into revealing details about the upcoming tablet. So with a suitable dose of gourmet rock salt, here’s the list of features:

ModelGoogle Nexus 7 II
ProcessorQualcomm Snapdragon 600/APQ8064
ClockUp to TBA
GPU typeAdreno 320
Screen size (inches)7.0
Screen resolution1920×1080
Screen typeTBA
Operating systemAndroid 4.3 (Jelly Bean)
Internal storage32GB
External storageTBA
Battery type4000mAh Lithium-ion (non-removable)
Wi-Fi connectivity802.11a/b/g/n
Rear camera5.0MP
Front camera1.2MP
Video recordingTBA
Announce DateTBA

Now, the ASUS service representative could’ve been leading the online respondent along for a ride, meaning these specs aren’t worth holding stock in. However, they are surprisingly specific and roughly make some sense. They sound plausible for a device that size, eg. a 7.0-inch tablet featuring a 4000mAh Lithium-ion battery. The lack of 802.11ac also sort-of makes sense since this won’t be a premium-priced tablet.

You do have to wonder why the service operator was so happy to release what are essentially classified as ‘internal specs’ to the world, which does make them suspect to a reasonable degree.

However, if they’re true, if the next-gen Nexus 7 II does include a Qualcomm’s Krait 300-based Snapdragon 600 quad-core SoC CPU, it’ll be close to if not passing ARM’s Cortex A15 reference CPU and be one of the fastest tablets on the market. Where do we sign up???


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