Nexus 7 may be gearing up to make its return, though with a new manufacturer
This year, Google’s tablet plans took an unexpected turn. After years of bringing us Nexus tablets, from the first Nexus 7, to the Nexus 10, to the second Nexus 7, and finally the Nexus 9, 2015 looks ready to close without any fresh addition to the Nexus tablet lineup. Sure, we’ve got the Pixel C on the horizon, but that’s no capital-n Nexus device, it’s not even available for sale yet, and when it gets here it’s going to be a little on the pricy side, starting at $500 (even the Nexus 10 had a $400 option). What about a new, affordable, full-on Nexus tablet? A new rumor suggests that Google may be thinking about bringing back the Nexus 7, though with a different company tapped for manufacturing duties.
The first two Nexus 7 models were both made by ASUS, but for the 2016 Nexus 7, Google may instead turn to a company most recently tasked with building one of its smartphones: Huawei.
Right now, that’s about the extent of this rumor – that the Nexus 7 will return, and that Huawei will be behind the wheel. We haven’t seen any evidence to substantiate that claim, nor heard anything about what we might be able to expect from the tablet’s hardware. Even a launch timeframe hasn’t been discussed more specifically than “sometime in 2016.”
That uncertainty extends to price, but we’ve got reason to be hopeful. After all, the Nexus 7 was long the most affordable point of entry to the Nexus world, and Huawei is a manufacturer who should be more than capable of continuing that trend. Now we just have to see if there’s even a hint of truth to these rumors.