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Android 4.3, JellyBean will debut on the upcoming Google Nexus 7 2 tablet.
The successor to the wildly popular 2012 device is expected to be introduced at Google I/O and well-connected analyst Ming Chi Kuo recently made some bold predictions regarding the tablet's pricing and specifications.
He released a detailed report this week which states that Google will officially launch the Google Nexus 7 2 in June or July. Kuo also believes that its entry level price will be the same as its predecessor at $199.
Google is expected to lose between $5-$10 per device due to its major specifications update, according to Kuo.
The new Nexus 7 will feature a Qualcomm APQ 8064 processor, a narrow bezel LTPS 7-inch high resolution panel 1920 x 1200; a 5-megapixel AF rear camera lens, and wireless charging capabilities. It will also be much lighter and thinner, according to the report. The smaller bezel will push the screen closer to the tablet's edges and its projected 7.5-8.5mm thinness will put it near or below the size and weight of Apple's iPad Mini.
The resolution receives a significant increase on the Nexus 7 2 as the first version had 1280 x 800 resolution. Google appears to be stepping its game up in order to better compete with the low-end tablet market, which has experienced tremendous growth in the past year.
The original Google Nexus 7 launched around the summer of last year and went on to become one of the highest selling 7-inch tablets in the market. The device followed in the footsteps of the already successful Kindle Fire and Barnes and Noble Nook, but Google introduced a device with better specs. Despite having a more impressive display, the Nexus 7 was still able to be sold for just $199.