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Revealed today through Android Central is what appears to be a late prototype or potentially finished Nexus 7 tablet from Google. The outlet claims to have gotten their hands on a tablet that they believe is the latest in Google’s gadget lineup, provided courtesy of their anonymous source “Brett.”

Consider as you’re reading this the fact that Google has yet to make an official announcement of such a product, so all details shelled out here could very well change or be completely non-existent when and if the tablet is announced. But given the upcoming Google event on July 24 in San Francisco, California, these pictures and video have some perceptible level of validity.

That considered, let’s dig into the nitty-gritty details.

According to Android Central, the new Nexus 7 is to have the same 7-inch LCD display, headphone jack, dual speakers and microUSB functionality that shared space on the previous Nexus 7 tablet, but this time introduces a new processor, more RAM, and two cameras to the device’s family of hardware.

The processor, according to the device’s Qualcomm APQ8064 motherboard, is a Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro. This wouldn’t be the first tablet making use of the new processor, but it certainly would be a popular choice for a new Nexus slate.

As for the RAM, Android Central reports the inclusion of a respectable 4 gigabytes of DDR3L RAM. They say that they might not be “100 percent sure on that” as the memory they’re seeing could be just 2 gigabytes instead. That’s highly unclear (we know), so we’ll have to wait until more details surface regarding memory to make any sure assumptions.


As for storage options, AC concludes that we’ll probably see 16 and 32gb options on market. If the tablet is, for the first time, to be sold at retail, these would be sensible SKUs to put on shelves.

Regarding software, the tablet in question is running Android 4.3. This could be the launch software coupled with the tablet that Google plans to unveil next week, but it could also run an older firmware (like Android 4.2.2) and then be upgraded post-launch to 4.3.

Right now, that’s all the information we have (as partially unclear as it may be), so we’ll simply have to wait until another leak occurs or Google drops an announcement bomb for all of us to either revel in or brush off in disinterest.

Let’s hope for the former.

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