The second-generation Google Nexus 7 seems finally to be on the home straight ahead of its long-awaited arrival – in fact, it should be a confirmed reality within the next month.
That's what DigiTimes is telling us anyway, quoting its usual industry sources as saying the Asus-made Nexus tablet reboot “will be launched at the end of July or the beginning of August”.
When it does arrive – and we can surely now go with “when” rather than “if” – it'll be the first Nexus device to get a second showing, surely an acknowledgement of how well it's done for itself (and Android's share of the tablet market) since launching in the second half of last year.
And Asus certainly held back on the upgrades if the rumours we've been hearing for a while are true. The current model's screen isn't bad, but it's hardly class-leading either. But the second-generation Nexus 7 is said to boast a 1,980 x 1,200-pixel resolution – that's on a screen measuring just 7in across, don't forget.
Similarly, the quad-core Snapdragon 600 processor it's said to have on the inside is no slouch, and the new model will also come with twin cameras, not that it'll ever be known as a photographer's best friend or anything.
An official announcement in the next month does seem a little soon to us, when IFA at the start of September is surely a more natural stage for the second-gen tablet to be launched.
Yet in insisting the second-generation Nexus 7 will launch in the next month DigiTimes is actually just repeating a prediction it made a month ago. Right or wrong, it's certainly sticking to its guns.
We'll see, anyway, and while stiffer competition this time around means the second coming of the Nexus 7 probably won't sell as well as the first, it'll nonetheless be a compelling budget slate if as expected the price stays about the same as the current version goes for.