Google may be releasing the Nexus 7 2.0 update in July, but this time launching the device at a higher price point.
The latest rumours suggest that the Full HD version of the Nexus 7 will arrive in July and will be more expensive than its predecessor with a $229 price tag for the 16GB version.
Although that equates to around £146, sources suggest we can expect the device to launch at a higher price than the current £159 - £239 Nexus 7 price range, potentially £182 for the 16GB entry-level model.
Supporting earlier rumours that the Nexus 7 follow up is coming in July, the sources “from the upstream supply chain” claim that the higher price is to avoid competing with entry-level tablets and to take aim at Apple and Amazon rivals like the iPad mini.
The increased price should also reflect the updated components, as the next-generation Google Nexus 7 tablet is tipped to feature a 7-inch Full HD display with a greatly reduced bezel to make for a more compact design.
It will also ditch the Nvidia Tegra 3 SoC in favour of a quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro processor “for power reasons”. Unfortunately it looks set to miss out on a microSD card slot, but should include 3G, or potentially 4G, connectivity on all models, similar to the iPad mini.
We expect Google to launch the second iteration of the Nexus 7 to launch with the same 16GB and 32GB internal storage options.
Tipped to feature the new Android Key Lime Pie OS, the Google Nexus 7 upgrade was skipped over at the annual Google I/O conference along with the latest iteration of its mobile OS. This was in favour of showcasing new developer tools and improvements.
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