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The Nexus 7 2 will be priced in between $199 and $249.
The company will not join other tablet manufacturers that have been slashing prices on their lower end devices, according to a report from DigiTimes.
The publication claims to have received this information from an upstream supply chain. The 16GB version could cost around $229 and will be released sometime in July.
However, the successor to the Nexus 7 has not been made official yet, and DigiTimes is not always the most reliable of publications so this rumor should be taken with a grain of salt.
A possible Nexus 7 successor was recently spotted in a Bluetooth SIG filing running Android 4.3, JellyBean.
The filing was dated for May 27 and the documentation does not clarify if this is a Nexus 7 as it lists the device plainly as the 7-inch tablet. It has similar features in comparison to the original version and goes by the model number ME370T.
This is actually the same model number of the first Nexus 7, which hints at a possible successor being in the works. The device in the filing is also running software version number JWR11, which appears to be an Android build. This is not a software version that is available on other Nexus devices. This same build has been in various server logs, according to Android Authority.
Android 4.3 was also seen running on a Nexus 4 at Thailand Mobile Expo. A user actually was able to film a video of the new camera interface. Parts for the device have already been rumored to have shipped.
A Taiwanese supplier of integrated circuitry for electronics known as Elan Microelectronics began shipping touchscreen controllers for the next generation Nexus 7 tab, according to an older report from DigiTimes.
Elan's revenues have increased in May and June thanks to these new Nexus 7 controllers. This information points to the device being manufactured in June in preparation for a July launch.