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.
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?