It should come as no surprise, but Google’s Nexus 7 tablet series was one of its more popular ones. With decent specs and a low price point, the tablet — especially the 2013 model — sold quite well.
Many hoped to see a 2014 or 2015 variant of the 7-inch tablet but none came, with the newest Nexus tablets being the HTC-made Nexus 9 and Google-made Pixel C. Google did get close to seven-inches with its Nexus 6, but it still wasn’t the tablet everyone hoped and dreamed for. Well, those saddened by a lack of a new Nexus 7 may be excited to know that Asus may be working on a new seven-inch Nexus tablet.
In an interview with Trusted Reviews, former CEO and ASUS chairman Jonney Shih hinted that the company may release a new Nexus 7 in the future. According to Shih, it’s not a matter of working with Google or the logistics of making the tablet, but the issue appears to be related to how the company can approve its already awesome tablet.'But then the next one actually takes a lot of discussion.' — Asus Chair Jonney ShihClick To Tweet
He did say, “but then the next one actually takes a lot of discussion.” He also added that we should “stay tuned.”
As far as upgrades are concerned, a Google and Asus tablet could add a lot to it. From a QHD screen to USB-C, possibly even a fingerprint reader, the tablet could use some of these upgrades. It would be a killer tablet, especially if it could keep the sub-$300 price point. Though, it appears that Google has all but moved away from smaller tablets.
With the Nexus 6 and 6P sporting a 6-inch screen — as well as other 5.5+ inch smartphones — the need for a smaller tablet appears to be dwindling. Heck, Google went the opposite direction with the Pixel-C coming in at 10.2-inches.
Personally, I’d be all for a new Nexus 7, especially one with decent specs, battery life and maybe a premium build of some sort. And it appears, it’s not a matter of if, but when it comes to seeing one. Hopefully it has something worthwhile to add in an already saturated market. You can read the full interview at the Trusted Reviews link below, otherwise you can sound off on whether or not you’d be interested in a new ASUS-made Nexus 7 in the comments below or on social media.