A refreshed Nexus 7 is pretty much guaranteed to drop sometime in the next few months, and it may have just cleared the FCC. Actually, it’s looking fairly certain the the ASUS K009 is the next Google Experience tablet. How can I be so sure? How about that “nexus” listed under the device’s branding, specifically “for marketing purposes.”
OK, so we can’t put all of our faith in the description of an FCC filing, but the specs detailed certainly seem to line up. A Qualcomm S4 Pro quad-core CPU clocked at 1.5GHz and touting Adreno graphics, a 4,000mAh battery that would click with a 7-inch display (though that is one hardware detail we are missing), a front-facing camera, and LTE support. New is a 5MP rear camera, which would be a nice addition to Google’s budget slate.
The latest rumors point toward a July launch, so the timing works out pretty well. If the details of the listing pan out, this would be a modest yet welcome update to last year’s Nexus 7. The big difference maker could be a higher resolution display, but unfortunately that has yet to be confirmed.