Flying just under the radar among Nexus rumors in 2016 is Huawei, an executive for whom leaked a few months ago that the company would be making another Nexus device this year. The Android-centric blogosphere hasn’t made much about this leak, but now prolific leaker Evan Blass (@evleaks) has thrown his two cents in. He tweeted Monday afternoon that Huawei would be making a 7-inch tablet for Google “before the end of the year”. Could this be a successor to the well-received 2013 Nexus 7?
Google's Huawei-built 7-inch tablet, with 4GB RAM, on track for release before the end of the year.
— Evan Blass (@evleaks) September 5, 2016
It wasn’t specified whether it would be a “Nexus” or a “Pixel”, so it’s currently unknown whether it will have all the goodies we’re expecting to see in the Pixel phones or the same “stock” Nougat experience that was already pushed to the Nexus 5X, 6 and 6P. Interestingly, Huawei had filed for trademark protection for “Huawei 7P” about the same time as company executive Charlene Munilall leaked that they would be making a second Nexus.
While Evan Blass didn’t specify any other specs, in order to run full-featured Nougat with Daydream capabilities and Vulkan graphics support it would have to have at least a Snapdragon 820 and enough storage for dual system partitions (to facilitate seamless system updates). At least a 2K display would be needed for a serviceable Daydream VR experience.
Pricing also hasn’t been leaked, but hopefully it will be as affordable as the venerable Nexus 7 tablets of 2012 and 2013: in the $200-$300 range.