Leaked Google Nexus 7 images and video show newer, sleeker iPad mini competitor

Google readying new, sleeker Nexus 7 to try and better compete with the iPad mini

Apple wasn't the first small-sized tablet on the market but it's iPad mini has been far and away the most successful to date, so it's no surprise Google wants to get back into the game with a new, improved Nexus 7. Rumors of just such a sequel device have been circulating for a while now, but our sibling site has now gotten their hands on the first pictures and video of what just might be the next Nexus 7. Phil Nickinson from Android Central:

The specs slapped onto this little lost tablet include the expected 7-inch LCD display and, new this time around, a pair of cameras. There's a 1.2-megapixel shooter from LITEONMOBILE on the front, and 5-megapixel camera by Chicony on the back. The rear camera appears to be situated in the same corner as the 3.5mm headphone jack. The listed motherboard points to Qualcomm's APQ8064 with a Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro processor.

I still have the original Nexus 7 and haven't used it in months. It just wasn't very good. The aspect ratio was awkward for portrait use and it took way too long to get pervasive landscape support. It also suffered from a bunch of weird battery issues. However, since then the iPad mini has proven there's huge volume and huge money to be made in the small tablet market, and Google's proven nothing if not that they're a persistent, intelligent, and adaptive competitor.

Sadly, the aspect ratio doesn't look to have been improved here, but everything else looks much, much better. Combine it with the latest version of Android, and a super-low price, and it could be hugely attractive to the non-Apple market.

And let's face it, the tablet market is still desperate for great, non-Apple products. I'll be getting one, of course, and here's hoping Google nails it. Because otherwise the only competition we'll see is from future versions of the iPad mini.

Check out the video and additional images via the link below, and then come back and tell me - will this be a seriously competitive small sized tablet?

Source: Android Central

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Rene Ritchie

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Leaked Google Nexus 7 images and video show newer, sleeker iPad mini competitor


Agreed on the aspect ratio, feels a little too long in portrait and landscape mode on Android has never been my favorite aspect. That said I do still love the original, even if one of the two in my house had an unexplained death :(

Competition is good, keeps everyone, Apple included on their toes. I too shall likely get one, just to replace the old one, of course ;-)

Rene have you ever thought that Android device have the CORRECT aspect ratios and not your precious iPad mini? HD movies fit the screen properly on Android Devices... unlike your previous iPad Mini.

Except people tend to want to use it for more than just a cheep video device.. it becomes lacking in that regard. 10" tablets can get away with it at the high resolutions.. smaller 7"... ahhh, doesn't work so well.

I had a Nexus 7 and passed it along to my daughter when I got my iPad mini. It isn't a bad little tablet for the money. One annoying quirk it does have-- if you completely drain the battery down to the point it shuts itself off it refuses to recharge! You can leave it plugged in for a month and it won't recharge the battery! You have to put it into recovery mode to get the battery to charge again. Thankfully I found that helpful procedure on the Android Central forums or I would have thought the device was toast. I hope they fix that on the next one. Also, it buffered a lot while streaming video which my mini doesn't do. All in all, though, its a decent alternative for people who prefer Android or don't want to cough up the $$$ for an iPad.