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Second-gen Nexus 7 hits the FCC with Full HD screen, S4 Pro CPU and Android 4.3

The oft-rumored Google/Asus Nexus 7 follow-up may have eluded us both at this year’s I/O and Computex, but its official announcement can’t be delayed much longer since the tablet has been seen getting FCC’s stamp of approval just hours ago.

Asus K009

A little disclaimer though before seeing exactly what FCC, plus other solid sources, have revealed – the tab caught receiving regulatory approvals is codenamed Asus K009, which we can’t tie to the original N7 (model number ME370T) just yet.

That’s likely nothing more than a technicality, because in all honesty we can’t imagine the K009 being anything other than the mythical second-gen Nexus 7. Especially since a K008 has been spotted at Bluetooth SIG not long ago, being almost definitely the Wi-Fi flavor of the N7-2.

With all that out of the way, let’s begin by saying the upgraded Nexus 7 is now as transparent as glass for the world. There’s little doubt the thing will pack a quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro SoC, which is a considerable bump over last year’s Tegra 3 processor.

The 7-inch display, initially tipped to boast WUXGA resolution (1,920 x 1,200 pixels), will likely end up being “just” Full HD, aka 1,920 x 1,080 pix res. It will also be manufactured by JDI after all, and not AUO, which is not very important though.

Nexus 7

What’s far more important is there will be optional 4G LTE speeds, 2 gigs of RAM, 16 and 32 GB of on-board storage, a 5 MP rear snapper, 1.3 MP front cam, NFC, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0 and support for QI wireless charging.

The battery is probably the only department where the Nexus 7 will be downgraded, as this year’s tab is said to pack just a 3,950 mAh ticker (vs. 4,325 last year). Then again, this sacrifice will be made for a noble cause, with Google planning to slim down the N7 to measure just 7.5 or 8 mm in thickness.

On the software side of things, the N7-2 is to come with the still unreleased Android 4.3 Jelly Bean, while pricing is said to start at $229 for the 16 GB, Wi-Fi only variant. Basically that leaves the unveiling date as the only unanswered question, though with July tipped as a commercial debut, it’s safe to assume it won’t be long now. Who’s tingling with excitement at the mere thought of this second-gen Nexus 7?

Via [Chinese VR-Zone] and [Techtastic]

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