There’s no doubting that we are going to see a new Nexus tablet at some point this year, but the main question surrounds when we will see it. Now that Google I/O has come and gone, it’s even more up in the air. If a recent FCC filing discovered by Engadget is anything to go by, however, then we aren’t too far away from a launch at this point.
A device carrying the “ASUS Pad” moniker with the model number K009 has just made its way through the U.S. FCC, which usually means we are nearing a launch. The interesting thing is that under “brand name,” the filing also mentions the Nexus name. According to the documents, the device is packing a Qualcomm APQ-8064 S4 Pro quad-core processor clocked at 1.5GHz, Adreno graphics, a 5MP rear facing camera, a front-facing shooter, a 4000mAh battery, and LTE capabilities for AT&T and T-Mobile. While no specific screen size is listed we’re assuming its a 7-inch device based on the smaller battery. A report last month claimed the device would come with a 1920×1200 7-inch display and launch at $199. That report said we could see the device ship as early as this month or next, which certainly makes sense based on the timing of the FCC filing.
The original Nexus 7 didn’t launch with LTE or rear-facing camera abilities, so that’s certainly nice to see.
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