Google’s developer conference Google I/O begins next week, and word on the street is that it’s time for Google to launch a new Nexus 7 tablet. It’s been about a year since the company unveiled its first 7 inch, $199 tablet, and aside from bumping up the storage space and adding a 3G option, the Nexus 7 hasn’t changed much since.

While the Nexus 7 is still one of the best tablets for the price, the processor’s starting to look a bit dated.

Now analysts are starting to predict the features we could see from the next-gen Nexus 7, although it’s not clear whether they really know anything we don’t.

Google Nexus 7
Google Nexus 7 (first generation)

Android Headlines reports that KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo expects to see a new 7 inch tablet with a 1920 x 1200 pixel display, a Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 quad-core processor, HD cameras on the front and back, and Android 4.3 Jelly Bean software, among other things.

While this is largely an educated guess, the research note also suggests possible suppliers for the parts including Asus, Quanta, Qualcomm, and Wintek, among others.

A faster processor and higher resolution would certainly be welcome additions — as would a software update. But I suspect Google will also push a software update to existing Nexus 7 tablets users.

If you were designing a next-generation $199 Nexus 7 tablet, what features would you put in it?

I know a microSD card slot would be nice, but I doubt Google will include one. New display, processor, and wireless options seem like obvious choices. But what about wireless charging, support for 3D gestures, or something really wacky like a flexible screen?

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22 replies on “What do you expect from the next Google Nexus 7?”

  1. As I already have a nice Panasonic camera not to mention the decent one on my phone and have Android stick computers attached to my televisions plus the fact that on a 7 inch screen the current resolution is certainly adequate for my not superhuman vision, I hope they just lower the price on the outgoing model…..

  2. I would like it be even cheaper with higher res screen, longer battery life, 3G as standart and rear facing camera. And by cheaper I mean 199$ for all whats said above.

  3. I hope google put a stylus pen, High res camera, Hi capacity storage space for more videos and longer battery life.. and wireless charging..

  4. If it doesn’t support 5GHz wireless, then I have no interest in it no matter what other unknown specs it may or may not have.

  5. HDMI – true USB… and, ability to run Ubuntu in dual boot, would be peerrfeecct.

  6. Even more than better battery life, I’d like to see a faster CHARGING battery.

  7. I’d do… a higher-res screen and a micro sd slot.

    … and a keyboard dock with a trackstick on it while I am shooting for the moon. 🙂

  8. I have no idea what to expect but I know what I’d like. Higher res screen – full HD would be awesome. A rear facing camera would be great.

    1. Tegra 4 may be the present most powerful offering for Cortex A15 SoCs, we’ll have to see what the later releases will offer but so far Samsungs Octo core seems more focused on power efficiency than offering max performance… though still better than previous offerings of course.

      For Bezels, tablets naturally need them a certain thickness as otherwise you’ll be touching the touch screen even when just holding the tablet…

      While you’ll have to wait until ARM goes 64bit before you can really expect more than 2GB of RAM…

        1. The vertical bezel, probably, but that’s usually where they put things like the forward facing camera and light sensor, etc.

          While Nvidia could do with quicker turn out but they’re hardly the only ones experiencing delays… Most of the 28nm SoCs were suppose to be out already but they pretty much all got delayed… So there’s only a few out so far…

          Also, some things get delayed because they’re providing something new like LTE integration to compete with Qualcomm…

          Though, Nvidia was also playing catch up… They were late to the Mobile market and it took three generations of Tegra for them to finally catch up with Tegra 4… and they still plan to keep the schedule for releasing the Tegra 5 and Tegra 6 in quick annual order and will be updating to 64bit along with the rest of the ARM SoCs at about the same time…

          Provided of course there are no further delays but we’ll see how that goes…

          For 4GB, 32bit systems can’t make full use of it… Out of the 4GB only about 3.25GB would be available to the OS…

          Problem being that more and more 64bit optimized software is starting to dominate going forward, and for ARM to directly compete with x86 it needs to start to be able to cover such capabilities.

          The lack of 64bit support also effect ARM in things like the Server market, where handling large amounts of data can be a must and 32bit only support isn’t enough…

          So, while it may not seem very important now… it’s steadily becoming a game changer…

          The important thing to ARM though is the issue that Intel could scoop up the market segments they want to get into before they get a chance to and that’ll leave ARM with the difficult problem of overcoming the then established market momentum and reduced reasons to consider ARM over x86 at that point…

          In business timing can be everything and a over six month delay before ARM can even start pushing out 64bit SoCs can make all the difference…

          For the general consumer though, I mostly agree… but the x86 tablets will be pushing the ability to run a wider range of software and pushing performance past what ARM can offer right now…

          While that may not matter to everyone, there are those who want bleeding edge performance and features sooner rather than later…

          Besides, the RAM isn’t just for the CPU but also for the graphics and if they continue to use slow eMMC storage then being able to support more RAM means avoiding being dependent on drive performance as much…

  9. The screen the nexus 7 is sub standard. We do adult stuff and is often hard to see.

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