Speculation has begun to swirl following Google‘s (indirect) announcement that it will be holding its next media event on the morning of July 24. Now expected to see the next-generation of the company’s Nexus 7 tablet make its public debut for the first-time, the event is (as ever) set to be streamed to millions on YouTube.
Sending out invites to the world’s press for the event, yesterday, the conversational search company is yet to share official details on what will be announced during its next media event, set to be lead by Sundar Pichai – Senior Vice President for Android, Chrome and Google Apps at Google.
However, if we’re to believe a new report by our friends at Android Central, we could see Google completely shake up the 7-inch tablet market.
Reporting exclusively, and already claiming to have its hands on the unreleased device, the site reports that the new device will still be manufactured by ASUS, (if this is true it’s probably best to get some insurance cover, considering the reported ‘cracked screen’ issues the first model of the Nexus 7 was plagued with), and that the tablet should be available in both 16 and 32-gigabyte options.
As far as the upcoming tablet’s camera optics, they report:
“There’s a 1.2-megapixel shooter from LITEONMOBILE on the front, and 5-megapixel camera by Chicony on the back. The rear camera appears to be situated in the same corner as the 3.5mm headphone jack.”
The tablet is also highly-expected to carry a Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro processor, alongside “a ridiculously whopping 4 gigabytes of DDR3L RAM.” MicroUSB is still expected to be included as the primarily I/O, but there is a slightly new addition: dual speakers.
If the report is accurate, (and we have no reason at this point to believe it’s not), Google’s upcoming $229 7-inch power-house of a tablet could be set to take on Apple’s iPad mini with the full force of its glossy exterior.
We’ll be sure to bring you the latest from the event in as close to real-time as possible. You can see more on the purported device, including its full specs and a photo gallery, at Android Central.