With a grand total of no new hardware launched at Google I/O 2013 last month, the rumour mill is frantically trying to get a grip on where the next wave of Nexus hardware is coming from.
With the success of the Google Nexus 7, all eyes are on Asus to repeat with an enhanced 7in effort, and that’s exactly what appears to be going through ye olde FCC.
An FCC listing details a new Asus tablet with model number K009, and – more importantly – Nexus branding, the latter being “For marketing purpose”. Whatever that means.
Brilliantly, we actually have a whole bunch of Asus K009 specs to chew on, too, including a quad-core Qualcomm S4 Pro processor clocked at 1.5GHz, Adreno graphics, and LTE support.
We’re also told to expect front and rear cameras on the Asus K009, the existing Google Nexus 7 having a 1.2MP front camera only.
As for Asus K009 display size, there’s no specific mention, but the presence of a 4,000mAh battery suggests we’re looking at something in the 7in arena. The current Google Nexus 7 ships with a 4,325mAh juice unit while the Nexus 10 weighs in at 9,000mAh.
Last week, Martin warned that the second generation Google Nexus 7 might actually be more expensive than the first, though realistically we’re only talking a few quid. Er, hopefully.