Asus chat support reveals new Nexus 7 2 specs

The next Nexus 7, or the Nexus 7 2, from Asus could come with a 1980 x 1200 pixel resolution display and a Snapdragon 600 processor, if specifications given out by an Asus support rep are genuine.

The details came out of a conversation between Asus support and an interested customer about the Asus k009, which is thought to be the model number for the new Nexus 7 tablet. The Asus k009 has appeared before, having crossed the desk of the Bluetooth SIG last month.

The original Nexus 7 was launched on 28 June 2012 and rumours have long been circulating that a replacement will be announced in July 2013, with this latest information suggesting before the end of July.

The list of specifications include that 7-inch display with 1980 x 1200. This slightly unusual resolution would give a pixel density of 330ppi, sharper than the Nexus 10, given its size.

There are two cameras listed - 5 megapixels for the rear and 1.2 megapixels for the front - which seems slightly odd as the original Nexus 7 didn't have a rear camera. This might indicate a higher price point if it's true.

The Snapdragon 600 quad-core CPU certainly looks interesting, although not the latest to roll off the Qualcomm assembly line, as the Sony Xperia Z Ultra (at 6.4-inches) landed with the Snapdragon 800.

The 4000mAH battery sounds encouraging, as does Android 4.3, which we know is in the works, but has remained elusive so far.

Finally, the new Asus device is listed as coming with 4G LTE support, although again, we'd suspect there was a Wi-Fi version if any of this is true.

There's been no word from Google on the launch of a new device and, as the Asus rep says in the chat from which this information originates: "This is not confirmed specifications." You can see the screengabs of the Asus chat in the gallery below.

We'd take it with a pinch of salt, but Google is a creature of habit and the Nexus 7 is the oldest member of the Nexus family by now.

We will keep you posted.



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