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.
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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.
Google’s Huawei-built 7-inch tablet, with 4GB RAM, on track for release before the end of the year.
— Evan Blass (@evleaks) September 5, 2016
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.
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)