Published: February 5, 2013 10:52 AM
By Romain Thuret
Translated by: Hugh Ehreth
After the cannonball that was the Nexus 7 in the pool of the touchscreen tablet, Google and Asus may be preparing a bigger splash this year with a Full HD model.

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For a brief moment, there was talk of a stripped-down version of the Nexus 7 that would be released at under $100 in late 2012. Today this envisioned utopia has made way for a far more credible rumour: that Asus and Google are cahooting to develop a Full HD version of the slate that first thrust the 7-inch tablet to centre stage.

The tip came from DigiTimes, a publication that often has a nose for what's cracking in the tablet market and gets its information from subcontractors based in its native Asia. The rumour foretells of a 7-inch or 7.7-inch Nexus 7 with 1920 x 1080 resolution, if not 1920 x 1200, with the same Tegra 3 processor as the original, but clocked higher than the original's 1.3 GHz and with 2 GB of RAM to the original's 1 GB. It will reportedly be slimmer and sleeker and will run Android 5.0 Key Lime Pie.

There's an air of confirmation coming from Google (more so than Asus, who did not wish to comment): at the next Google I/O, which runs from 15 to 17 May 2013 in San Francisco, Google is expected to present both a new version of Android and a tablet.

Bonus rumour: according to DigiTimes, the divined 'Full HD' Nexus 7 will have the same pricing as the current model: $199 for the 16 gig and $249 for the 32 gig. If that's the case, we expect that will generate yet more ripples in the tablet market and cause the current Nexus 7's price to drop even further, as well as propel Google's famed slate into the league of Full HD mobile devices, dominated for now by smartphones 5 inches and over.

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