Google Working On High-Resolution Nexus 7 For I/O Reveal, Android Notebooks Later This Year, Analyst Says

Posted: May 10, 2013 in Gadgets, Google, GT, Mobile
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Google’s I/O developer conference is happening next
week in San Francisco, and one of the big questions
around what we’ll see there includes hardware. Now
KGI securities analyst Mingchi Kuo (via 9to5Google),
who unlike other analysts actually has a good track
record of predicting things accurately, has let slip that one big reveal will be an updated Nexus 7 tablet, with
a 1920 x 1200 7-inch display, a 5 megapixel camera
and a new sleek, light design for the same $199 price
point as the current version. The Asus-built tablet will boast a new Qualcomm
Snapdragon 800 processor, a “narrow bezel” screen
with pixel density of 323 (pretty close to that of the
iPhone 5) and physical dimensions that make it either
very close to or even smaller than Apple’s iPad mini.
If true, that’ll make it handheld, and with a Retina- quality display, at a price that absolutely undercuts
Apple’s $329 entry point with the mini. Other additions to this model include wireless
charging according to Kuo, which would be in keeping
with that feature being offered standard with the
Nexus 4. Google is using Qi-based induction
charging, which means that it’s compatible with a
wide range of chargers, and the new Nexus 7 would likely adopt the same tech. Kuo also looked beyond the I/O conference to what
we might see from Google in the coming months,
which include some fairly surprising developments.
There’s a plan to get Samsung Android-powered
notebooks to market, for instance, over the next 3 or
4 months. Intel telegraphed Android-based notebooks via one of its executives in a report last month, as
9to5Google notes, but Kuo says that we won’t see
these at I/O since the next major point release of
Android, version 5.0, won’t be ready for the show. Android-based notebooks are a bit of a head-
scratcher since Google has already invested a lot in
pushing Chrome OS on the desktop, and recent
reports suggest Chrome OS might end up powering
tablets, too. It seems contrary for Google to continue
working on that while also building a version of Android that can power notebooks, but this may just
be a case of Google putting bets on multiple horses
over the long-term, which makes sense given that the
company has repeatedly shown it’s willing to invest in
products that end up being failures for the sake of
gleaning insights from what went wrong. Beyond that, Kuo says Google is still working on an a
Google TV device which will compete with the
existing Apple TV, which sounds like it might be a
second, more feature-rich kick at the ill-fated Nexus
Q can. Finally, he also says a smart watch device is
expected to debut alongside Glass in Google’s wearable computing category, but that this won’t hit
mass production until at least next year.

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