Report: Google and ASUS cooking up Nexus 7 with 1080p display

According to a new report out of Digitimes, Google and ASUS are teaming up for a second-generation Nexus 7 to be announced in May, likely at Google’s I/O developer conference. Engineering samples have supposedly already been making the rounds, revealing a device with a 1080p Full HD display, an “industrial design,” and thinner bezel around the screen.

The new model follows what has been a somewhat surprising success for the company behind Android. The original Nexus 7  is projected to move past the 6 million sold mark this month, while sales of both the first-gen and second-ten versions of the device are calculated to reach 10 million in 2013.

The retooled Nexus 7 is said to run the latest version of Android Jelly Bean, an element that will likely change based on Google traditionally unveiling a new version of their OS each spring. This year’s Google I/O will take place May 15th through 17th.

[via Digitimes]

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  • Dave

    I wonder, would they increase the screen size a tad? I think going up to 7.7 would hit a nice sweetspot.

    • james ortiz

      or make the device smaller by removing bezel area

      • Kam Siu

        both ideas are good as long as the screen size doesnt shrink

      • AndroidiMac

        8 inches with a smaller bezel please! (As if Google and Asus take orders)

        • Dvrcowboy

          That’s what she said

    • Marsg

      the whole point of a 7 inch tablet is portability, if they kept the screen the same size but smaller bezel it would become easier to carry around. A 8 inch tablet is as portable as a 10 inch, in the aspect that there isn’t a lot of places it can fit be it a handbag or pockets, etccc.

      • Dave

        . 7 inches won’t make it any less portable, especially if they reduce the bezel size.

        • Marsg

          well the nexus 7 was barely portable before, so keeping the overall size the same wont add any benefits than just a slightly bigger display. also .7 adds quite a bit of size just look at the 7.9 inch iPad mini, that thing is huge and know where close to being portable, although it also has 4-3 ratio compared to the nexus 16-9

          • Dave

            We might just have to agree to disagree on what constitutes as “portable”. While I enjoy the current N7’s display size, I find myself wanting a little more in screen real estate. Having a tablet be “pocketable” is not on my high list of priorities as I tend to carry it around in its own sleeve. Also, I found the iPad Mini to be completely acceptable in size and portability. Again, it seems like it boils down to opinion.

      • TheBlueF0x

        I think the iPad mini size is very portable. I don’t carry it like this, but it does fit in the back pocket of my american eagle jeans (btw, they’re not skinnys). I think 7″-8″ is perfect to still have some screen real estate, but still be small enough not to be cumbersome.

      • james ortiz

        actually the nexus 7 can stay the same size all they have to do is increase screen size and reduce bezel area…

      • Thomas Edwards

        I call BS, I own a N7 and tried an iPad mini and both are just as pocketable as the other in my jacket pocket, about the only difference is the iPad mini doesn’t fit in my back pocket – not that’ I’d ever carry my tablet there anyway –

  • KJ

    My friend just got one now theres another one? Ugh!

    • Sharky

      If they’re aiming for a May announcement it probably won’t be out for another 6 months or so.

      • james ortiz

        well the nexus 7 was released in june or July if I remember correctly so maybe the new one will be out around the same size

    • AndroidiMac

      Yeah technology advancement should stay still! Ugh!

    • JRomeo

      Why did he wait a year after the Nexus7 was released? its common knowledge that every year a new one comes out.

    • No_Nickname90

      If you don’t buy the device the year it come out, then don’t buy it the next year. There’s sure to be a better one coming out.

  • TechGuy22

    still waiting. i love my nexus 7. but if this one comes out, i will sell my N7 on ebay really cheap, so i can get this one :D

  • Sharky

    Will probably come out before the original model gets its dock : ) I hope they keep the same dimensions and make it backwards compatible. Would be great if this sits on the Nexus 4 wireless charger too.

  • Guest

    i hope in an hdmi output

    • Larkhillv

      Agree so hard.

      • oldarney

        Deeply. SlimPort + MicroHDMI? with dual monitor support. I’ll keep dreaming. I wish there was some port consistency between the nexus devices. SlimPort works on Nexus4 but not 10 or 7. The cables for the 10 dont work on the 4 or 7… miracast does not work on the 7.

    • dreadnatty08

      And a friggin SD card slot! Oh wait, not gonna happen.

      • james ortiz

        I wish lol

      • Michael Payton

        I’d settle for not having the screen half lifted off of the device and every other manufacturing problem they never bothered to fix on the N7.

    • No_Nickname90

      YES!! Not having HDMI Out is the only thing that makes me want to sell my Nexus 7 for this Galaxy Note 8 that seems to be coming out. I hope they add this.

    • Darren Enns

      Yea, HDMI output and/or Miracast is a must!

  • David Gray

    I love Google but with so many advancments going on all at once it makes purchasing a new tablet or smartphone really freakin hard. I mean yesterday I think I’ve finally made the desicion to buy the Nexus 10 because of it’s amazing “ppi” and then today I read about a 1080 Nexus 7.

    • ToxMarz

      So go buy the new Nexus 7. Oh that’s right, you can’t. Problem solved. Nexus 10 it is.

    • james ortiz

      nexus 10 has a long way to go because 90% of all play apps arent a optimized for that screen resolutiom


      Also, a NEW Nexus-10 will come out at the end of this year. Each year a new Nexus is released. So no matter what you buy, in a year or less, it will be out-dated. This is a fact of Technology.

  • Andrey Feldman

    I’m just gonna sell my 16gb nexus 7 to my brother for $100, and buy the new one. :D

    • MK2

      I was thinking the same thing. I love my current gen 7, but 1080p will be hard to resist.

  • Javier Fernandez

    Am I the only one who doesn’t care about screen resolution?

    • Sharky

      Some people bought the iPad mini, so clearly not.

    • TheBlueF0x

      The resolution on the current gen Nexus 7 isn’t bad by any means, but moar pixels is always better!

      • UniBroW

        Not always, more pixels = less battery life.

  • user311

    Would be amazing if it only they would put a damned microSD slot in it.


      And WiHD

  • Mark Seven

    See now I don’t know if I should still buy a Nexus 7 or not.. Been putting it off too long..

    • Wanjikũ Ngigi

      i’m in the same boat. i was planning to but it soon but i kept looking for info of a potential release if it’s considerably better.and released soon i may think about it. then again there’s going to be a new one in 2014 so…meh.

  • TheBlueF0x

    I just bought an iPad mini, but it looks like I’ll be purchasing this too. I loved the 7 I had, but I wish the Play store had more quality apps and entertainment options. When this debuts, I’ll just get the best of both worlds. Now, I just wish the Nexus 4 would come back into stock (fingers crossed).

    • james ortiz

      by the time the nexus 4 becomes easily accessible to purchase there will be another nexus phone on the horizon

      • TheBlueF0x

        That time is today sir! Just ordered one.

  • hseshin3

    How about Google and Asus address the battery charging woes current Nexus 7 owners are experiencing first? 1080p sounds awesome, but if it can’t hold a charge, what’s the point?

    • No_Nickname90

      What are you talking about? =.?

      • hseshin3

        just google “nexus 7 battery charging problem”. See what you find. It’s not just isolated cases here and there. It’s a serious problem and google & asus have not even acknowledged it’s an issue.

  • JT

    Won’t buy unless it has the SD slot and rear camera.

    • Keith

      I’ll save you some anticipation, You wont be buying it.

  • Montisaquadeis

    Hmm wonder if the next iteration will use a tegra 4 chip since the current one uses a tegra 3 chip.

  • HotInEER

    This would be amazing if they added a SDcard slot, but Google said they would never do that, and please let this operate on 5.0GHz also and not just 2.4GHz. Also I hope they fixed all the sluggishness that takes place sometimes. I’ve reset my Nexus 7 4 or 5 times. I disabled Google Currents like most say to do, and still it can move slow. I have the 16gb version and never had less than 3GB left, and sine all the reset back to factory settings I’ve kept it around 8gb available.

  • Paul Sargeant

    Uh.. okay way to throw a spanner in the works of me looking to get one of the current ones… 1080p? I’d wait for that