Android tablets, both low-cost and “premium”, don’t seem to be going anywhere, and it’s been that way for several years now. It’s perhaps no coincidence Google also inexplicably stopped manufacturing 7-inch Nexuses back in 2013, focusing on larger, far less popular form factors.
The 2014-released HTC-produced N9 was practically forgotten before 2013’s second-gen Asus Nexus 7, which we still remember fondly of to this day, while the all-Google-developed-and-marketed Pixel C from last year could never properly take off.
The signs pointed to an inevitable end of vanilla Android-powered slates, but out of nowhere, an extremely credible rumor has just surfaced, calling for “Google’s Huawei-built 7-inch tablet” to be commercially rolled out “before the end of the year.”
Is that you, Nexus 7P? Highly unlikely, given the prospective death of Nexus-branded phones, and the looming birth of the Pixel and Pixel XL. Instead, it makes way more sense for a third Pixel-labeled gadget to also see daylight on October 4, with 4GB RAM apparently on deck, and all other specs currently under wraps.
If Huawei helps design the long overdue 2013 Nexus 7 sequel, you have to assume the recently unveiled MediaPad M3 8.4, or maybe the slightly older MediaPad T2 7.0 Pro, will lend it some aesthetic or hardware components. A high-res screen, metal construction, capable cameras, possibly even a Kirin 950 processor.