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Google I/O to showcase new Nexus 7

The next-generation Google Nexus 7 tablet could take centre stage at next week’s Google I/O, amid reports the iPad mini 2 release date has been delayed.

According to market analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, Google will use its annual Google I/O conference to launch the next-generation of its successful Google Nexus 7 tablet,

The search engine giant may well beat Apple to the next-gen 7-inch tablet post, as the Cupertino company’s iPad mini 2 is reported to have hit production delays.

Analyst Ming-Chi Kuo has obtained a research note that shows the spec upgrades the new Google Nexus 7 in partnership with Asus will get when it potentially launches at the Google I/O next week.

The research note reveals that the next Google Nexus 7 could running Android 4.3 Jelly Bean, an update to the current 4.2 Google OS rather than the fully fledged Android 5.0 Key Lime Pie strongly expected to makes its debut at the Google I/O.

Said to pack a 7-inch LTPS panel offering 1,980 x 1,200p resolutions, the next-gen Google Nexus 7 could have a new slimline bezel similar to the redesigned iPad mini.

 The new Google Nexus 7 could have a 5-megapixel rear facing camera and introduce a Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro processor, moving away from the Tegra 3 quad-core SoC used in the current Nexus 7.

According to the research note, the new Nexus 7 could feature a reduced battery size of 4,000mAh, down from the 4,325mAh one used now.

Texas Instruments’ Qi wireless charging technology is also tipped to make an appearance in the next Google Nexus 7.

The Apple iPad mini 2 release date was supposedly scheduled for some time in Q3 2013, but according to AppleInsider sources the launch timeline may be compromised by production issues Apple is experiencing.

Can’t decide between the current Apple and Google 7-inch tablets? Read our iPad mini vs Google Nexus 7 comparison to help make your decision.

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