Specifications and pricing for the second-generation Google Nexus 7 have cropped up online, amid speculation that the slate will face a stiffer challenge from similarly keenly priced micro-slates this time around.
According to sources cited by DigiTimes, the Nexus 7 II will, perhaps unsurprisingly given its putative name, retain the original’s seven-inch screen, but feature higher resolution of 1980 by 1200.
A Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 processor will also be on board, as will a five-megapixel rear camera and 1.2-megapixel secondary snapper at the front.
The entry-level, Wi-Fi only model will purportedly sell for between US$199-249, suggesting a UK price point broadly in line with the £159 asking price of the current-gen Nexus 7.
Whether that pocket-money price will be enough to drive sales is up for debate, however.
Unnamed ‘Taiwan-based vendors’ cited by DigiTimes forecast that while the tablet could ship as many as eight million units in 2013 after it launches in July or August, it may struggle to attain that landmark figure.
This is because of the breadth of “competing models” vying for consumers’ slate spend during the rest of the year. By which we think they mean the Retina Display-toting iPad mini 2 and the mooted Windows-powered effort from HTC.