Google is calling upon Huawei to assemble its Nexus 7 (2013) successor

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It’s going to be a busy time for Google when the company announces its next wave of hardware in October, especially if today’s piece of information from Evan Blass turns out to be true.

Hit the break for details.

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Blass, who is among the most proven outlets of leaks in the world, says that Google has tapped Huawei to create the hardware for its next tablet.

It’s being stated by Blass that Google’s upcoming tablet will have a 7-inch display and 4GB of RAM, but nothing outside of those two specifications were shared.

Huawei worked with Google in 2015 on the Nexus 6P, a device that many appreciated for bringing the Nexus line back to affordability and high quality.

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If Blass’ statement holds up, Google would be returning to smaller tablets for the first time since 2013. The device released in that year by the company was the Nexus 7 (2013), which won over both consumers and critics with its compact design and fluid performance with stock Android. For years, people have been begging for a refreshed Nexus 7 to the point where it was expected any time Google hosted its annual I/O event. The Nexus 9 arrived in 2014, but that device was a letdown because of its hiccups on top of inconsistent battery life. Google even tried again in 2015 by releasing the misguided Pixel C.

Now Google is preparing a spiritual successor to the Nexus 7 (2013) that probably won’t belong to the soon-to-be retired brand that has carried hardware for six years. It’ll likely be funneled into the rebooted Pixel brand that is expected to also host the new Pixel phones, which we’ve heard about in the past by the names Sailfish and Marlin.

This new tablet, according to Blass, will be released by the end of 2016. It’s debut would probably be schedule for Google’s rumored October 4 event where a ton of new devices will appear.

Source: Evan Blass (Twitter)


About the Author: Justin Herrick

Born and raised in New Jersey, Justin is a graduate of Fairleigh Dickinson University where he studied marketing with a focus on digital marketing. He's very talkative and enjoys discussing anything from technology and sports to video games and television. As for Justin's current device rotation, he carries around the Google Pixel and Nexus 9. In the rare case that his phone or tablet is not in his hand, he is either flicking through cards on his Moto 360 (2015) or typing away on the Microsoft Surface Book. Justin is patiently waiting for the day that Google replicates the Galaxy Nexus with modern day specifications.


  • Pablo Pastore

    My Nexus 7 2013 not like this ;)

  • roberthenderson

    Smaller screen & no front facing speakers = I don’t give a crap

    All Google needed to do for me to upgrade from my Nexus 6P was improve the size/fidelity of the speakers, 16mp/ois/f1.6 the camera & give me a big battery option (like 4500ish mAh) & I would have been begging them to take my money. They’ve lost a customer

    • Gordo

      Nexus is crap