A new report says that the device recently seen at the Bluetooth SIG is actually the new Nexus 7 tablet, which has been spotted at the FCC, (there’s actual documentation to prove that the device is actually part of the Nexus family).
TechTastic, a source of reliable leaks in the past, says that the Asus K008 device, which we saw earlier at the Bluetooth SIG, has been spotted at the FCC, but that’s something we already knew.
The 7-inch Asus K008 is the mysterious tablet running a new version of Android (JWR11, which is supposedly Android 4.3 Jelly Bean) that has been seen at the Bluetooth SIG a few days ago. The SIG clearly says that we’re looking at a 7-inch device:
The tablet features a 7″ LED-backlit capacitive multitouch screen for easy carrying and fantastic multi-media experience everywhere. Wireless networking Ensures simple connection to the Internet without wires.
At the time the K008 was spotted, we wondered whether this is the new Nexus 7, although there was no actual proof to suggest this actually is the second-generation device Android fans are waiting for. For what it’s worth, the first-gen tablet has model number ME370T, which looks nothing like these new model numbers.
Now TechTastic seems to indicate that the K008 is the Nexus 7 Wi-Fi model and provides an image from the available FCC documentation for the MSQK008 (above), which is the same image we have showed you a few days ago.
But on top of that, the publication also offers a table that supposedly includes suppliers for various components of the Nexus 7 (above) and claims the device will offer the following specs:
Some of the specs here are definitely in line with what has been written before about the tablet, but they can’t be confirmed at this time.
Moving on to the list of key component provided by TechTastic, we noticed a model number listed for the mainboard, ME571KL, which could be an actual model number for the upcoming Nexus 7. A similar model number, ME571, has been spotted by Chinese site VR-Zone on NCC filings (Taiwan’s FCC-like authority) for two tablets, the Asus K008 (ME571K) and the Asus K009 (ME571L), which the Chinese publication says are the Wi-Fi and Wi-Fi+3G/4G versions, respectively, of the new Nexus 7.
Sure, you’ll say that this isn’t an official confirmation that the device spotted at the Bluetooth SIG is indeed the Android 4.3-running second-gen Nexus 7. But we have more screenshots and documents to show you.
Next we’ll move to a new set of images, taken right from the Asus K900 FCC filling report (above and below), with one of them clearly mentioning the “nexus” name (below) – it’s worth pointing out that the “nexus” name appears twice in the available documents. The filling also contains the same ME571KL model number under mainboard, although not all the other components as provided by TechTastic are present. Interestingly, the Asus K008 FCC documents do not have “nexus” listed anywhere.
With all that in mind, it looks like we have positively identified the Nexus 7, and while we’ll still hold on to our grain of salt, just to be sure, we’ll look forward to see more details about these Asus K008 and Asus K009 devices hit the web. After all, the tablet is rumored to arrive at some point in July.