The turn of the year always brings with it new found excitement about the potential hardware and software that we are likely see introduced from the likes of Apple, Samsung and Google. It also marks the start of the countdown to events like Apple’s WWDC and Google’s I/O conference, both of which take place in the Bay Area at the Moscone Center. We won’t find out exactly what both companies have in store for us during their respective events, but early reports are suggesting Google could be planning on announcing information and technical specifications of two new Nexus branded devices.
Last year’s Google I/O event saw the world being introduced to the iOS version of the Google Chrome web browser as well as the unveiling of the ASUS manufactured Nexus 7 tablet and the Nexus Q social streaming media player that never actually made it to the public. The latest reports suggest that Google is planning to continue the trend of making hardware based announcements by unveiling another LG manufactured smartphone called the Nexus 5 as well as medium market tablet called the Nexus 7.7, also produced by LG.
This year’s I/O conference is set to take place in May in familiar surroundings at Moscone Center West. The Korean based report is suggesting that exhaustive information about the hardware won’t be made available until the event itself, but also suggests that the Nexus 5 will come with a 5-inch display with a 1920 x 1080 pixel resolution and an impressive pixel density of 440 pixels-per-inch. A NVIDIA Tegra 4 processor complete with 2GB of on-board RAM could also be bundled with the hardware.
The Nexus 7.7 is speculated to run the same processor as the smaller smartphone, also with 2GB of RAM. The 7.7-inch display will reportedly come with a resolution of 1920 x 1200 pixels and be available in either 8GB or 16GB variants. Both sets of hardware are expected to come pre-installed with Android 5.0 when they launch. Although no pricing details for the Nexus 7.7 were included in the initial reports; it is being suggested that the Nexus 5 device could launch with a $299 price-tag for the 8GB model, which would put it into the same pricing structure as the current Nexus 4 smartphone.
As is always the case with speculation of this nature, we won’t really know the intention of Google until the event is right at our nose, but it would certainly be a welcome announcement during I/O.