Google Nexus 7 Tablet: Specs, Price, Release Date – Everything You Need to Know about 2017 Nexus 7

Even though Google is pretty quiet about the upcoming Nexus 7 (2017) tablet, the web is filled with various rumors talking about everything for the name to the specs to the release date and pricing. Let’s check out what rumors say and which features we can expect on the upcoming 2017 Nexus 7.

google nexus 7 (2012), android marshmallow software update
Google Nexus 7 (2012)

Naming

Although the Nexus 7 2017 was the most popular rumored name for the upcoming slate, lately we’ve been hearing more and more about Google deciding to ditch the Nexus branding since the company did release a new Pixel line of the devices.

Even though naming the tablet Nexus 7 would make it immediately recognizable, it is highly possible for Google to name the tablet Pixel 7, in line with the Pixel brand. After all, the last tablet device from Google was the Pixel C tablet.

nexus 9, htc
Nexus 9

Release Date

As for the release date, no firm date is known. Rumors say that Google might release the device by Q3 2017. Evan Blass made a post on Twitter, sharing that Google will release the tablet before the end of 2016, but that didn’t happen.

nexus 7 2013 android marshmallow update
Nexus 7 2013

Specs

Hardware powering the upcoming 2017 Nexus 7 (Pixel 7) won’t be exactly top-of-the-line, but it will be powerful. The tablet should include Snapdragon 820 along with 4Gb of RAM and 64 GB of flash storage, which shouldn’t be expandable, despite some rumors talking about the presence of a microSD card slot.

The screen will be a seven inch one, with still unknown resolution, but we can confirm that it will be at least Full HD (1920×1080), with high chances of sporting a Quad-HD (2560×1440) resolution. Since the latest Pixel phone line feature AMOLED screens, it is possible for Google to include an AMOLED screen on the 2017 Nexus 7 (Pixel 7).

The 13 MP main camera is also expected, along with a front-facing camera with unknown resolution. The tablet should pack a 3000 mAh battery, although we hope it will be of bigger capacity.

Google Pixel C

Software

Unlike other devices coming from Google, the upcoming tablet is rumored to not run Android. Instead, Android, the 2017 Nexus 7 (Pixel 7) will incorporate Andromeda OS, a combination of Android and Chrome OSs. Andromeda OS is compatible with Android apps, and it should be also compatible with all future versions of Android and Chrome OS, which is great. Andromeda OS should provide a better user experience on large screen devices compared with Android.

Pricing

The price is still unknown, but if we look at the pricing of previous Google tablet devices, it should cost no more than $250-300. If Google decides to launch the device at a premium price (like it did with the two Pixel phones) the price shouldn’t go over $450.

  • mpmilestogo

    Prove it even exists. First it was the 2016 Nexus 7 tablet and now its the 2017 Nexus 7 tablet. Don’t you think there would have been some more substantive leaks by now? Google is not interested in tablets any more. They have gone past that with chromebooks that are 2 in 1 convertibles that can run android apps. If you have real proof like an FCC filing or a benchmark result show it. This is all baseless and you know it.

    • I suspect this kind of article is “generated” using some sort of auto-article-generator. This “new Nexus 7” article keeps appearing again and again since 2015, but they all tuned out to be hoaxes. I really wish a new Nexus 7, but the chances are very slim.

  • NOHoldsBar

    FAKE News!!!

  • JG

    Andromeda is not a thing. Google has flat out stated they have no plans to merge their two OSs. They each have their own niche and that’s how its going to stay. The only “hybridization” we’ll see is Chrome being able to run Android apps, Android picking up Chrome’s seamless updates and maybe a few other small things like those with Android O [N’s beta started March 9, 2016 so O’s could potentially start anytime now].

    Though he quickly recanted/corrected his statement, Osterloh did state Google had no plans for a laptop device. And the Chrome team has stated they’re interested in expanding their form beyond the laptop to include, for example tablets.

    The two Made By Google Chromebooks were released in 2013 and 2015. If Google were to release another, 2017 would be right on schedule.

    My bet is it’ll be a Pixel C 2. A tablet that can have an attached keyboard. Except this time instead of “convertible” the C will actually stand for “Chrome”. It was speculated the first Pixel C initially began life as a Chromebook. However, Google ran into some issues (like Chrome not being quite touch screen ready) and rather than scraping the project totally morphed it into an Android device.

    Chrome is now touch ready (as evident by, for example, the new Samsung Chromebook Plus and upcoming Pro).

    I would imagine the delay (if it existed) was potentially Android apps on Chrome was a little more beta than Google would have liked. I’ve heard several Chromebook reviews mention the Android apps are still rather buggy and some crash as soon as they’re launched while others are totally incompatible. I’m hoping considering Google makes both Android and Chrome as well as the hardware, that when Google does release the Chrome tablet it can run all Android apps as if they were being natively ran on an Android tablet.