Google Nexus 7 2016 release date, specs: Upcoming tablet to be launched with Pixel branding before end of 2016?

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The first-generation Google Nexus 7 tablet (pictured) was built by ASUS.

Google launched its new Pixel phones earlier this month, and many were anticipating the release of a brand-new Nexus tablet in addition to the handsets. However, the 2016 edition of the Google Nexus 7 was a no-show at the event, leading fans to wonder if and when the gadget will make its debut.

Though Google has done away with its Nexus branding, there appears to be hope that the tablet will make an appearance as internet leakster Evan Blass, known as @evleaks on Twitter, took to the microblogging site last month to say that the device is well on its way.

“Google’s Huawei-built 7-inch tablet, with 4GB RAM, on track for release before the end of the year,” Blass tweeted.

It’s likely that the tablet will also bear the Pixel brand as Blass retweeted a post from Android Police managing editor David Ruddock who said that, “Google confirmed to us that the company currently has ‘no plans’ to produce additional Nexus devices.”

Talk about the possibility of a new Nexus tablet started last year following an interview with ASUS chairman Jonney Shih. At the time, the executive told Trusted Reviews that the next-generation tablet “actually takes a lot of discussion.”

ASUS was the manufacturer responsible for the first and second-generation Nexus 7 tablets. Now, all eyes are on Huawei as it has been tipped to manufacture the upcoming device.

PC Advisor reports that just recently, Huawei allegedly confirmed that it is making a Nexus device for 2016. The tech company put out an official statement, and while Huawei neither confirmed nor denied the reports, the manufacturer said that they do not comment on future products “as a matter of policy.”

The Nexus 7 2016 tablet is rumored to have a 7-inch Quad HD screen with a resolution of 2,560 x 1,440 pixels. It is said to be powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 chip with 4 GB of random access memory (RAM), 64 GB of internal storage, and microSD support up to 2 TB. It is also said to have a 13-megapixel rear camera and Android 7.0 Nougat right out of the box. The Google Nexus 7 is estimated to cost around $240 and is expected to launch later this year.