By Stephen Schenck | May 10, 2013 11:26 AM
One theory that’s arisen time and time again in anticipation of Google I/O is the idea that Google could use the venue to introduce a new Nexus 7 tablet. After all, we’d like to believe that some new hardware would show its face at the event, and a tablet is both a much “easier” product to bring to market than a new phone, as well as has a history of premiering at I/O in the first place. We’ve heard a number of stabs at just how this new Nexus 7 might differ from existing models, and that trend continues today, with a new set of specs suggested.
Just to be clear, this isn’t any sort of leak, but a set of specs compiled by an industry analyst. Supposedly, the new Nexus 7 would still be ASUS-made, and would introduce the tablet to the world of 1080p with a high-density full HD display – actually, even better than 1080p, with a full WUXGA 1920 x 1200 resolution. It would also upgrade to a Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro, like in the Nexus 4.
We could also see this new Nexus 7 get a rear five-megapixel camera and add support for wireless charging. It might arrive running Android 4.3, which we’re also hoping to see go official at Google I/O. Despite all the upgrades, the tablet would supposedly still keep its $200 base price tag.
Update: That all sounded like a pretty nice hardware refresh, but another rumor says it could be even better. Specifically, that the new Nexus 7 could get a Snapdragon 800. That doesn’t exactly jibe with what we’ve heard about 800 availability, but we could very well see a Google I/O announcement before the hardware is actually ready to go up for sale.