New Nexus 7 tipped for June release with sharper screen

A refreshed Nexus 7 is rumoured to be announced at Google I/O next week, with a sharper screen and better camera.

Google has a new Nexus 7 tablet in the wings, ready to be announced at its I/O conference next week and go on sale in June or July. That's according to KGI Securities analyst Mingchu Kuo, 9to5Google reports.

Kuo reckons Google will keep the price the same, but beef up the specs to include a 1,920x1,200-pixel display (up from the current 1,280x800), a 5-megapixel camera, wireless charging, and Android Key Lime Pie .

The screen will stay at 7-inches, meaning it'll still be going toe to toe with the likes of the iPad mini . But the device will slim down to around 7.5-8.5mm, which would make it only marginally more portly than the iPad mini's 7.2mm. Kuo expects the next iPad mini to launch later this year.

"We are positive on Nexus 7's reception ahead of the iPad mini 2 launch given that the specs have been upgraded but the price has not been increased," Kuo writes. "However, tablet PC competition has become much fiercer this year, so we reckon new Nexus 7 year-on-year shipments growth will be limited."

Google is also rumoured to be announcing a slightly tweaked Nexus 4 next week. Internet whispers say the search giant will unveil a handset that looks the same as its predecessor, but with 4G for a superfast online connection, 32GB of storage, and Android Key Lime Pie.

The big G was previously thought to be lifting the curtain on the Nexus 5 next week, but that would be a bit soon in my opinion, seeing as the Nexus 4 only launched at the end of last year. But hey, stranger things have happened.

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The Nexus 7 was unveiled at last year's Google I/O, so is about due a refresh. What would you like to see from a spruced up tablet? And what do you reckon Android Key Lime Pie will bring to the party? Let me know in the comments, or on Facebook.

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