A purported new Nexus 7 image seems to confirm the specs of the upcoming tablet – we’re apparently looking at the sticker on the back of the alleged device, which lists components and part suppliers.
Moreover, we heard that retailers may receive Nexus 7 stock starting with July 20, and Google invited the press to attend a “breakfast with Sundar Pichai” on July 24 – that’s when we expect to see Android 4.3 and the new Nexus 7 get official.
But now we’re going to focus on that image above which seems to reveal the final specs of the new Nexus 7 – at least of the 32GB version model (ME571K - that’s the same model number spotted with the Chinese FCC equivalent a while ago, and should describe the Wi-Fi version of the device). Here’s what we’re looking at:
We’re certainly not surprised to see this particular hardware list, considering recent rumors, but we’ll note that this is the first time we’re told the new Nexus 7 could pack 4GB of RAM, a first for Android devices (not counting the Samsung ATIV Q Windows 8 laptop / Android tablet combo). The RAM is apparently coming from Hynix, which isn’t surprising considering that just over a month ago the company announced its 8GB LPDDR3 RAM, world’s first such product, and hinted that 4GB RAM devices could hit later this year.
In addition to the image above, obtained by CNET, a reddit user took apart the new Nexus 7 video (see it above via Android Central) focusing on the sticker, and pretty much confirming the list above.
Of course, with such leaks there’s always a chance that such images and videos are doctored, in which cause the specs list above shouldn’t be trusted. That said, today’s new Nexus 7 leaks look pretty believable, but we’ll be waiting for Google to make it official.
[Update:] Our +Gary Sims noticed something this writer has missed when looking at the sticker in the alleged Nexus 7 image. The memory section says the device has 256M (megabits) x 16, not 256MB (megabytes) x 16, which means the device packs 512MB of RAM not 4GB. Whether it’s 512MB of 4GB, it still doesn’t sit right with us, so we can only hope Google will make it clear next week.
[Update 2:] A reader has approached us with conflicting info to the above update. According to this tipster, the sticker specifies 1 chip, 16 bits wide, meaning 256 16 bit modules. This gives us 4,096 megabits, or 512 megabytes (16 bits is 2 bytes) per chip. The reader goes on to point out that a typical bus width is 64 bits. In order to properly saturate that bus width, we need 4 chips. As such, 2GB RAM seems much more plausible that 512MB or 4GB.