Google has sent out invites for a mystery press event next week, just in time for the rumored launch of a new Nexus 7 tablet.See also: Nexus 7 2 UK release date, price and specs.
The invitation for July 24 is billed as a "breakfast with Sundar Pichai," who became Google's head of Android in March. Pichai also is still in charge of Chrome and apps.
Although Google gave no indication of what the event is about, it's likely that the company will announce a new Nexus 7 tablet at the event. A July launch for the tablet has been rumored since April, when Reuters reported that Asus would once again be Google's manufacturing partner, and that Qualcomm's Snapdragon processors would be featured. The two companies reportedly hope to sell more than 8 million of the tablets this year.
Specs for the tablet could include a 7-inch screen with a display resolution of 1920 by 1200 pixels (or possibly 1920 by 1080 pixels), a quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 processor, 2GB of RAM, and a 5-megapixel rear camera. We may also see wireless charging and a narrower bezel than the current Nexus 7.
However, the price of the tablet is still in question.
Google could offer the same pricing as the first Nexus 7--$200 for 16GB and $250 for 32GB--but a new report by Android Central claims higher prices of $229 for 16GB and $269 for 32GB. It's also unclear whether the original Nexus 7 will stick around at even lower prices.
The other thing to watch for at the event is the potential debut of Android 4.3, which was not announced at Google's IO developer conference in May as expected.
Details on Android 4.3 are pretty scarce, with vague rumors pointing to improved battery life , some tweaks to the camera app, and new notification features . We'll find out for sure what's cooking at Google on July 24, starting at 9 a.m. PDT.