Later this week, Google will be hosting an event with Android and Chrome boss Sundar Pichai. It’s pretty much a given that he’ll announce something related to Android, and some think that something may be the new Nexus 7.
Everyone’s favorite tech leaker, evleaks, now has the official press render of the new Nexus 7 up. The leak doesn’t confirm if Google will be showing off the new tablet this week, but the existence of a press render strongly suggests that we’ll be seeing it very soon:
As you can see, Google has made a number of noticeable changes to the design this time around. For starters, it finally got ride of those annoying rubber dimples on the back on the back of the device. The Nexus logo is now vertical across the back instead of horizontal as well. It’s also hard not to miss the inclusion of a rear-facing camera.
As for the specs, the new Nexus 7 will reportedly sport a 1.5 GHz S4 Pro CPU, a 7-inch 1920×1200 display, a 5MP rear camera, a 1.2MP front camera, 16 or 32GB of storage and Android 4.3. Unfortunately, like the original Nexus 7, it does not have a microSD slot so you’re stuck with whatever storage size you go with.
The fancier specs will come at a cost, however, as the new Nexus 7 will be a bit more expensive than the current model. The 16GB model will reportedly retail for $229 and the 32GB model will retail for $269. As for availability, a leaked Best Buy ad shows the new Nexus 7 going on sale July 30. It’s not known, however, if this is the universal launch date, or if Google will ship the device from its own Play store earlier. Either way, we’ll probably find out this Wednesday.[h/t: DroidLife]