Looks like all those disappointed with the lack of hardware at Google I/O may soon have reason to smile. An Asus-made K009 tablet has made the usual round of FCC tests and Bluetooth Special Interest Group (SIG) certifications and may soon be announced officially.
Interestingly, the K009 bears Nexus branding in the FCC filing, which indicates that this could be the refreshed Nexus 7 tablet that we had expected to see at Google I/O. The Bluetooth SIG certification says, “This tablet features a 7” LED-backlit capacitive multitouch screen for easy carrying and fantastic multi-media experience everywhere. It is enpowered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 Quad-core CPU with the highest performance. Wireless networking ensures simple connection to the Internet without wires.” And this is in line with earlier speculation that said Google had decided to drop Nvidia as the chipset for the new Nexus 7 due to the Snapdragon 600’s better power consumption features. The SIG filing also shows a generic-looking tablet, which very much resembles the original Nexus 7 in shape.
Asus K009 at the Bluetooth SIG website
Confusingly, the FCC filing says the processor inside the K009 is a 1.5GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro quad-core processor, which has been speculated before too. But we could very well be seeing two different versions of the same tablet for different regions. It must be noted that the Snapdragon 600 CPU has integrated LTE, so that version could be heading to regions with 4G connectivity.
In addition, the FCC lists the alleged new Nexus 7 as having two cameras. The original Nexus 7 had only a front-facing camera. Other details revealed include a 4000 mAh battery and a display supplied by Japan Display Inc. With the FCC tests and Bluetooth certification done, we expect the new Asus-made Nexus 7 to be announced in the coming weeks.
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