Rumor: New Nexus 7 specs, features and launch details mentioned in chat with Asus rep

by: Chris SmithJune 30, 2013
Nexus 7

Current Nexus family with Nexus 7 in the middle

Screenshots of an alleged chat between a customer and an Asus representative seem to reveal the specs and features of the announced device but also launch details.

According to the images in the gallery below, initially posted on Google+ by a lawyer, an unnamed customer has recently chatted with an unnamed Asus rep about the Asus K009, with the latter mentioning details about the launch of the tablet, but also some specs and features.

We have no way of confirming the details offered in the dialogue (a transcription of it is available below), and we have no idea whether the screenshot shows an actual conversation that has taken place or whether it has manufactured.

However, it’s very strange for an employee to reveal such details about an unannounced product, and it’s even stranger to see him/her present to the customers specs and features that may or may not be final. Not to mention that this particular Asus employee does not know when the second quarter of the year actually ends. That said, here’s the full alleged chat:

Asus Employee: Hello [redacted name], How may I help you?

Customer: Hi I’m interested in buying the Asus k009? Do you know when it would be released to the public?

AE: I will be more than happy to assist you with this.

C: Thank you

AE: The Tablet should be released before the ending of Q2

C: when exactly is before Q2?

AE: That will be before the ending of July

C: Oh OK can’t please tell the specifications please. I believe it had a 1080p 7 inch screen.

*can you

AE: There has not been confirmed specification as yet, but here is some basics specification , that you can look at:

7 inch LED with 1980*1200 resolution
Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 Quad Core CPU / Snapdragon APQ8064 CPU
2GB of RAM
32GB internal storage
5Mpx rear camera and 1.2Mpx front camera
Android 4.3
4000mAh battery
Wifi a/b/g/n,Bluetooth 4.0 and NFC enabled
LTE / WCDMA / GSM support

This is not confirmed specifications but you can review it

C: Where are these specifications from?

AE: This is Internal Specs [name redacted, but it is not available to the Public as yet because I know you are eager so I just forwarded it to you.

There you have it, the full conversation. Is it a genuine leak? Is it a controlled leak? Is it a fake? You be the judge of that! We’re certainly advising you to take it with a grain of salt for now.

For what it’s worth, we’ll remind you that the Asus K009 is a code name for a real upcoming product, which has already been seen at the FCC as a “Nexus” device. Most reports say the device is going to be unveiled in July, so we’re probably going to find out official details about it in the coming days.

  • Brian Dong Min Kim

    Qualcomm 600? why?…

    • yungtris

      Because it’s cheaper than the 800.

    • Petar722

      and because 800 is not released yet

    • Rockwell mellow

      What could you possibly do that will need more power than a snapdragon 600 can offer?

    • AndresQuintana

      because snapdragon

    • canadabikeguy

      I’m guessing it’s because Google expects the 4G/LTE version to be a bigger seller than the past generation. Qualcomm is much better at this than Nvidia is, so they switched from Tegra to Snapdragon.

  • V-Phuc

    If that’s a nexus 7, still no microSD slot? sigh(

    • elvisgp

      There will probably never be an sd card slot in an upcoming nexus.

    • Google doesn’t put it in devices because it might “confuse” the consumer with 2 storage options…sigh…..

      • CoolCustomer

        I thought there were design reasons as well. By not building for a removable SD they could get tighter builds or something to that effect.

  • Diversified Union

    if this is true that would be amazing a 1080p screen on a $200 tablet sign me up

    • phathands

      Don’t get used to it. Sooner or later Google is going to stop wanting to squeak by on these devices and turn a little profit. They also want to establish themselves as vendors of quality hardware. That 1080p screen (if true) will be tough to squeeze into a $250 or less device.

      • Diversified Union

        Very true but if they stick with the low price model for this I will be very pleased. One can hope right lol

      • CoolCustomer

        That’s a big maybe though. AdSense turns an amazing profit for google and is solely dependent on people using google’s services. If they can make the entry into a Google dominated ecosystem as easy/cheap as possible they benefit way more in the long run than the short, one-time profit that comes from a device sale.

  • Erik Michel

    All we need to know is that price. If Google can keep it low enough it’s going to sell like crazy.

  • Adam Koueider

    Google just drop this bad boy already! My wallet is ready!!!

    • GigaCode

      I am waiting for this as well, i will be sold in a sec.

  • Vincent

    Why include the absurdly high screen resolution? They could have left it at 1080p and it would still have a great 314ppi. An even smarter decision would have had them bring back the 7.7 display, which is considerably more useable than 7″. And even at 1080p, a 7.7″ display would have 286 ppi, which is still more than the retina ipad.

    But instead Google and Asus decided to play specs wars, and the end result will be nothing more than reduced battery life and more skipped frames when browsing or gaming. Good job.

    • Peter

      but… specs

    • Luke Kallam

      Absurdly high? If it were 1440p, then I would certainly agree with you, but it seems a bit odd to say that’s a bit overspecced, I mean, it’s essentially 1080p, just with 120 pixels longer, so that translates to… 230,400 more pixels total, 10% more for the same price (to us) and slightly more for them. Battery life wont be affected majorly, and the processor is undoubtedly powerful enough, if a Exynos 5 dual core processor with it’s GPU could power the Nexus 10’s beast of a screen, this can easily handle this. Just sayin.

    • M. Clark

      Because of on screen buttons. You’re losing some real estate to those.. presumably will have around 1080 or so left (they’re not that big, but you get the idea).

    • Atifsh

      because you don’t want a 16:9 ratio on tablet its 16:10
      I could be wrong though.

    • joe

      WUXGA is fine, if you don’t get that, this device is not for you.

    • OMGgary

      The extra 120 pixels is for the onscreen buttons in landscape mode, which is the way most people hold a tablet, especially when viewing movies or when playing games, so you still have 1080p for the main part of the screen.
      Basically the same reason original N7 is 1280×800 instead of 1280×720.

    • UnknownWeirdo

      are you being serious here?
      its just the 16:10 aspect ratio that android tablets have all been using so far. your annoyance at it doesn’t seem real. you’re kidding/trolling, right?

    • samster11

      Disagree. 7 inch is perfect. My Nexus 7 fits into my jacket pocket, an iPad Mini doesn’t.

  • Mmmm.. delicious possibly unauthorized leaks… sounds exciting @w@

  • Belutz

    finally… 2GB of RAM for this tablet…

  • Leonardo Rojas

    What does this [incoming] tablet has that Xperia Tablet Z [already] doesn’t?

    Please help me understand n.n Thanks.

    • AndresQuintana

      The Nexus brand……the latest version of the Android OS and 1st updates from google when they become available. A much lower price point.

      • Leonardo Rojas

        Thank you.

        But if its main pros are only a lower cost and updates then has only relative pros. Can’t see a urgent need for updates not even I see anything appealing in the stock Android editions. But that’s only me.
        Although I wouldn’t mind buying a tablet with a design like of the Xperia Tablet Z with a Nexus brand on top.

  • Why not even a slightly larger battery? this looks to be even less than current Nexus 7. I understand that with time/improvements, hopefully battery life will be better even with a “smaller” battery; but also with/time/improvements should be a smaller and lighter battery with larger capacity.

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  • KingKilla

    if this is true i am sold in a sec

  • Simon Tucker

    Notice how the chat is loaded in “Incognito Mode” hmmmmm…..


    it’ll be out before the end of July.

  • rishabh saxena

    there is a sim slot in new nexus 7 plz tell me fast