As Google I/O is approaching rumors started circulating about the highlights of the event, an analyst says Google might launch the refreshed version of the Nexus 7 with improved specs than the outgoing model but will retain the $199 price tag.
Ming-Chi Kuo, an analyst for KGI securities sent out a research detailing the specifications, suppliers etc for the refreshed Nexus 7 that is to debut at Google I/O. The new version will have the Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 pro CPU instead of the Nvidia Tegra 3 processor and it will debut with the Android 4.3 that is expected at the Google I/O. It now features a 7-inch WUXGA (1920*1200) LTPS display. It will also carry a 5MP rear camera and HD front camera. It will have NFC and Texas Instruments QI wireless charging. It comes with a 4000mAh to power up the device.
Although it comes with better specs it will retain the $199 price tag and doing so Google will $5-$10 margin on New Nexus 7, probably that should be offset by selling content and ads.
Google is also working on Android Book laptop, OTT TV box and a smartwatch to compete with the likes of Apple according to the analyst.