Google Nexus 7 2016 specs, release date: tablet to be rebranded as Pixel 7?

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Google is set to make some changes to its product lineup as the company is said to be doing away with the Nexus brand in favor of the Pixel name. It has been reported that the next Google phones will be called the Pixel and Pixel XL, and now, new reports indicate that Google’s upcoming tablet, the Nexus 7 2016, will be launched next month as the Pixel 7.

Google has yet to confirm whether the tablet will be released this year, but apparently, it is very much on track for release before the holiday season. There is talk that the device will be launched alongside the Pixel phones, the Daydream virtual reality (VR) platform, and Google Home by next month specifically at a Google event on Oct. 4.

PC Advisor reports that the Pixel brand will also be unveiled at the event. It is said that the event will take place at 9 a.m. PT/ 12 p.m. ET, and the website will be doing a live stream coverage, so it won’t be long until tech fans all over the world will get a glimpse at Google’s new offerings.

Huawei is tipped to manufacture the third-generation Google tablet since it previously trademarked the name “Huawei 7P.” The first- and second-generation devices were manufactured by ASUS. However, Huawei’s PR issued a statement to PC Advisor, saying that they do not comment on future products, as a matter of policy. However, the Chinese company did confirm that they collaborated with Google on their support for Daydream VR.

So far, there hasn’t been a leaked image or render of the Nexus 7, but internet tipster Evan Blass tweeted that the tablet will have a 7-inch screen with 4 GB of random access memory (RAM). It is expected to run on Android Nougat and will likely be powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor. It is said to come with 64 GB internal storage which can be expanded up to 2 TB with a microSD card. Tech fans are also expecting that the device will have upgraded cameras, and the Nexus 7 is tipped to have a 13-megapixel rear camera and 5-megapixel front shooter. As for its price, it is estimated to cost $258.