By Ken Manbert Salcedo/ International Business Times
Earlier this month, IBT reported that Google is planning to release a new 7-inch tablet with 4GB of RAM and it would be built by Huawei. Now, new information has surfaced detailing the specifications of the upcoming tablet.
The new Huawei-built Google tablet will feature a 7-inch quad-HD display, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor, 64GB of storage and a 13-megapixel rear-facing camera, according to huaweiblog.de’s sources from China (via Android Authority). There’s no word yet on what the device will be called, but Huawei did successfully trademark Huawei 7P this past April. This is also reminiscent of Google’s Nexus 6P from last year which was also built by Huawei.
Since Google will be dropping the Nexus brand from its upcoming new smartphones, called the Pixel and Pixel XL, it’s possible that the new 7-inch tablet might carry the Pixel name instead. Based on the specs given above, the device features the most recent high-end hardware which is a typical characteristic of how Google releases new devices, as pointed out by Slash Gear.
The last time Google released a standalone Android tablet was the Nexus 9 which was built by HTC. The company followed that up with the Pixel C which was more of a laptop-tablet hybrid because of its optional magnetic keyboard.
With this new 7-inch tablet, it seems like the device is more of a successor to 2013’s Nexus 7 rather than the Nexus 9. The Nexus 7, which was built by Asus, is considered by many as Google’s best tablet even now. The HTC-built Nexus 9 lacked that same appeal.
Google is expected to to hold a major hardware-centric event on Oct. 4 where the new Pixel and Pixel XL smartphones are expected to be unveiled. The new 7-inch Huawei tablet may make its debut there as well along with the new 4K-capable Chromecast and the Daydream VR headset.