Google's new 7-inch Huawei-built tablet -- what we know

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Three years may not seem like that long in the grand scheme of things, but in the tech space, it can be a lifetime.

That is why people are getting all excited about rumors that Google is working with Huawei to build a 7-in. tablet, the successor to the Nexus 7, which was released in 2013. So what do we know about the new smartphone?

In IT Blogwatch, we jump on the Android bandwagon.

What has been released about this new device so far? John Dye gives us the background:

It doesn’t have a name yet...all we know is that prolific leaker...Evan Blass has tweeted that Google will be releasing a “Huawei-built 7-inch tablet, with 4GB RAM” before the end of the year.
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Blass has a...track record for accurate leaks...so although this is technically a rumor...its origin gives us a lot of faith.

That is not a whole lot to go on. Surely there must be more details to share. Well, yeah. Leave it to the Android community to do some digging. Vinay Patel uncovered some more info:

As far as Nexus 7 2016 tablet specs...are concerned, the...tablet is said to come powered by NVIDIA's Tegra X1 processing chip and pack Qualcomm's Snapdragon 820 processor, 4GB of RAM, [and]...128GB internal storage that can be...expanded up to 2TB.

Not bad. But is it really going to be called the Nexus 7 2016? Or could there be another name making the rounds? Michael H. thinks he knows:

With Google being involved we would normally assume this would be a new Nexus 7, but...Huawei did register a trademark on the name Huawei 7P earlier this year, which could be connected.
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Of course, the real question...is whether users even want or need 7-inch tablets anymore. With phones routinely pushing the 6-inch mark...adding that extra inch, but losing phone service isn't the best value proposition.

When should we know for sure about this tablet? Alexandra Vaidos has an idea:

Google is...working on two upcoming smartphones...the Pixel and Pixel XL...Google will...likely launch the...Pixel phones first and then...the ...7-inch tablet or it could...unveil the three devices during the same event.
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Google is expected to hold an event on October 4, during which it will announce the two Pixel phones, a Daydream VR headset and maybe the new Google tablet, which will surely come with more powerful specs compared to its predecessor.

And the tweet that started it all? Surely there was more to it then we saw up top. Yeah, not so much.

Google's Huawei-built 7-inch tablet, with 4GB RAM, on track for release before the end of the year.
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