While not lacking in the specs department, the Nexus 7 lineup has previously been known for affordability more than power, but a new entry in the dormant range could compete with the iPad mini 4 and other high-end slates if rumors are to be believed. Rumor has it Google and Huawei are working together once again, but this time they will be launching a tablet, not a smartphone. Following the launch of Nexus 6P, it looks like both companies have decided to continue their partnership in the communication industry.
There have not been a lot of Android tablets lately and the ones that have been are hardly attention grabbing, except of course the awesome Lenovo Yoga Book. So when word of a possible 7-inch Google-backed slate came to light, people took notice. It got our attention as well considering we are fans of the Nexus lineup and smaller slates in general. It remains to be seen if the mysterious new slate will arrive with the Pixel moniker but it most likely will if the Nexus phones are becoming Pixels.
Until we learn more about that, let’s check out some of the tablet’s specs that have just leaked out. So, aside from the 7-inch screen that we’ve already learned about, we now know the tablet will feature an AMOLED Quad HD (2560 x 1440 pixels) display. Even though it will be a small tablet, the upcoming Google slate will be very powerful by today’s standards. A new report claims the Huawei-built tablet will be powered by a quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor, coupled with a no less powerful Adreno 530 graphics processing unit and 4GB of RAM.
There will be 64GB of storage inside, but for the moment we don’t have any details on whether or not the tablet will come with microSD card support. We’ve learned to not expect much from a tablet’s camera because it makes sense, there are very few people who might actually want to take pictures with a tablet. But the 7-inch slate from Google and Huawei is supposed to include a 13-megapixel rear-facing camera, possibly with some advanced features, which haven’t been named yet for all those people that might want a good camera on a tablet. Including me.
It is worth pointing out that even the report does note that the specs are subject to change and especially as the information is said to be based on a pre-production version of the tablet. Battery capacity hasn’t been disclosed, and considering that the tablet comes from Google, it’s most likely that it will run Android 7.0 or 7.1, depending on when it will be released.
If this specifications leak pans out, it will be a tablet to contend with. It’s hard to beat stock Android, and when you combine those specs with what we assume will be an affordable price tag, you’ve generally got a winner on your hands. If all those pieces come together, the Google Pixel or Nexus tablet could give the iPad and the Samsung Galaxy Tab with an S pen a run for their money.