(Pocket-lint) - After a few years off, it seems that Google has plans to bring back the Nexus 7 tablet. A Huawei-made 7-inch device is reportedly set for release before the end of 2016.

The original Nexus 7 really shook up the tablet market on its release in 2012, while its 2013 follow-up was one of the best devices around at the time. However, stores were soon flooded with 7-inchers of varying qualities and the sector became over saturated.

Google moved onto other screen sizes, with the HTC-made Nexus 9 being the most recently available, and it was thought that the age of the 7-inch tablet had passed.

According to @evleaks though, the Nexus 7 is to return.

We know little about it at present, with the serial leakster only posting its existence and that it will have 4GB of RAM, but his Twitter posting does correlate with one former rumour. Huawei filed a trademark for the name "Huawei 7P" in spring leading a few to suggest a new Nexus tablet could be on its way, or even a massive phone.

Thankfully, now it looks like it'll be a Nexus 7P tablet rather than a stupidly large mobile handset. Let the floodgates open for the inevitable flood of leaked pictures and specs.

Writing by Rik Henderson.