Google is expected to launch a lot of new hardware in the next few months. In addition to two new smartphones, built in partnership with HTC, the company is expected to introduce a new Chromecast, a virtual reality system, and Google Home.
But there might be at least one more device on the way: a 7 inch tablet.
Evan Blass says Huawei is building one for Google, and it should launch before the end of 2016.
Blass says the tablet will have 4GB of RAM, and… that’s about all he says. It’s not even clear if the tablet runs Android, although that seems more likely than Chrome OS.
The last time Google launched a 7 inch tablet was in 2013, when the company released a 2nd-generation Nexus 7.
That device has pretty much reached end-of-life status. When Google launched Android 7.0 recently, the company did not release the software for the Nexus 7.
It’s unclear what the new 7 inch tablet will be called. While most of Google’s previous tablets were marketed under the Nexus brand, the company’s latest 10 inch, 2-in-1 model is called the Pixel C. And rumor has it that the upcoming HTC smartphones will be called the Pixel and Pixel XL… effectively bringing the Nexus brand to an end.