Confirming my assertion that seven-inch tablets are dead and that eight-inch-class tablets are the Next Thing:
The Nexus 7.7 is the next mid-range Google tablet, going to offer a 7.7-inch WUXGA display (1920×1200, 294 ppi). It will offer a 720p HD rear and front cameras and will be powered by the same NVidia Tegra 4 chip, along with 2GB of RAM and 8/16GB of internal storage. The price will be of $299 for the 8GB model – while both devices are expected to come with Android 5.0 Key Lime Pie. An announcement is expected during this year’s Google I/O event.
If that 8/16GB of internal storage is true, then it must have a card slot. You can’t do a locked-down tablet with just 8GBs of storage without a slot these days. If Google tries that, they will be yelled at and everyone will say not to buy that model. Google doesn’t even offer an 8GB Nexus 7 model anymore.
Google’s I/O event takes place May 15-17.
That places it two months after the rumored release date for the iPad Mini 2.0 and two months after the alleged release date of the Archos 80 Titanium and Platinum tablets. Those Nexus 7.7 specs make the Archos tablets seem old before they’ve even been released!
As for an idea of what it will look like, here’s the Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7:
I expect Google will slim down the portrait bezels as Ive did with the iPad Mini.
Let’s just hope the Nexus 7.7 is as versatile as the original Nexus 7 was, permitting the use of hard drives and such. See the video for an unrooted Nexus 7 using a one-terabyte hard drive:
Yeah, can the iPad Mini do that? Harumph.