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Google tipped to launch new 7-inch Android tablet this year

Published Sep 6th, 2016 7:15AM EDT
Google Nexus 2016 Huawei Tablet

Google is preparing to launch quite a few new devices at some point in the coming weeks, including a couple of Nexus-like smartphones made by HTC that will have Pixel branding, an exciting first-gen Daydream VR headset, and a new 4K Chromecast according to a recent report. But it looks like Google hasn’t given up its tablet dreams yet. A fresh leak from a trustworthy source says that Google is about to bring to market a Huawei tablet that will probably not be included in the Nexus family.

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According to the well-informed Evan Blass, Google and Huawei partnered up for one more year, after launching the Nexus 6P phablet in 2015. A previous rumor did say that Huawei was working on new Nexus hardware, but that report suggested a Nexus 6P successor would be in the works.

Blass says that the new device will be released “before the end of the year,” and says the device will have a 7-inch screen and 4GB of RAM. Other details aren’t available at this time. While the Pixel-branded smartphones that HTC is working on have been described in numerous reports, this Huawei tablet has been a well-kept secret.

Huawei does have a trademark on the Huawei 7P name, and we may very well see such a tablet hit stores in the near future. Either that or Google will simply refresh its tablet lineup with a new Pixel C successor. Such a device would fit very well with the HTC-made Pixel handsets, at least when it comes to branding. Let’s just hope that Google found a recipe for success and figured out how to make Android tablets great again.

Google is expected to announce new hardware on October 4th, a recent report said, although the company is yet to send out invites for the media.

Chris Smith Senior Writer

Chris Smith has been covering consumer electronics ever since the iPhone revolutionized the industry in 2008. When he’s not writing about the most recent tech news for BGR, he brings his entertainment expertise to Marvel’s Cinematic Universe and other blockbuster franchises.

Outside of work, you’ll catch him streaming almost every new movie and TV show release as soon as it's available.

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