New Nexus 7 tablets would first be launched in Taiwan first and then to other markets. This is the latest rumor that is doing the rounds. The release date of new Nexus 7 has also been mentioned as end of the month. The rumor also goes on to indicate that the variant with LTE support and 16 GB of storage would carry a price tag of $229. The 32 GB variant with LTE support once again would cost $299.
The source of this information could not be ascertained. The website from which this information has been gathered is located in Asia which has a paywall cover restricting access to the site. Its address therefore cannot be found. The website itself gets information from the Economic daily published in Taiwan.
The information indicates that Google would be keeping the name of “new Nexus 7” for this device. This part conforms to previously leaked information on the device. The Taiwan based information however differs in the specification of the processor which it states would be a 1.5GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon S4chip. The leaks till now indicated the processor to be a Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 processor.
FCC site had listed this product under the Asus K009 / ME571K with the Nexus branding. The specifications of the device had been listed as the Snapdragon Qualcomm APQ8064 processor. The panel made up of LT070ME05000 liquid crystal, by JDI. It specified a RAM of 2 GB and storage capacity of 32 GB. The device will also include a dual camera set up, with a 5 megapixel unit at the rear and a 1.2 megapixel webcam at the front. It would be LTE B1/B2/B3/B4/B5/B13 – B17 compliant and also have WCDMA 1900/1700/850Mhz GSM 1900/850Mhz. The device was listed as Wi-Fi a/b/g/n, Bluetooth, NFC enabled. Power the device will be a 3950mAh battery.
Another model from Asus, the K008 tablet has also been listed at FCC which is supposed to be only Wi-Fi enabled. Specification of the K0087 and K009 has been listed by TechKiddy and they read quite similar however with no mention of the 16 GB variant in them.
Meanwhile, it will be interesting to see if the new Nexus tablet will have support for microSD cards. Google has faced a lot of criticism for not having this feature in its first Nexus 7 tablet. Users faced difficulty with the minimal 8 GB that the device came with, particularly when not all of it is available to the user.