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New Nexus 7 with Android 4.3 apparently spotted at the FCC in two versions, Wi-Fi-only and GSM

A 7-inch Asus tablet spotted at the Bluetooth SIG with Android 4.3 Jelly Bean reportedly under the hood seems to be the new Nexus 7, according to recently found FCC documentation.
June 14, 2013
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Nexus family with Nexus 7 in the middle

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.

Nexus 7 Bluetooth SIG
Asus K008 (seen at the Bluetooth SIG in this screenshot) is apparently the Wi-Fi version of the new Nexus 7 | Image Credit: TechTastic

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.

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Asus K008 FCC Label | Image credit: FCC

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.

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Nexus 7 key components according to TechTastic | Image Credit: TechTastic

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:

  • 7-inch display (1920 x 1200 or 1080p) resolution
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro (APQ8064)
  • Adreno 320 GPU
  • 2GB of RAM
  • 32GB of storage
  • 5-megapixel camera
  • 1.3-megapixel front-facing camera
  • NFC
  • Wi-Fi 80211n with dual-badn
  • LTE
  • (possibly) Qi wireless charging
  • profile: 7.5 to 8mm

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.

Nexus 7 NCC filings
Nexus 7 NCC Filings | Image Credit: VR-Zone

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.

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Asus K009 FCC Label | Image credit: FCC

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.

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Asus K009 FCC Filling shows “Nexus” under brand name | Image credit: FCC

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.