Based on a leak from the ever reliable Evan Blass, it looks like we could well see a new 7″ Android tablet from Google coming very soon. In fact, it could be as early as next month with the October 4th event slated to announce the new Pixel phones, a 4K Google Cast device, Google Assistant and Google Home. Adding a tablet to that mix wouldn’t be out of the realm of possibility.
Google’s Huawei-built 7-inch tablet, with 4GB RAM, on track for release before the end of the year.
— Evan Blass (@evleaks) September 5, 2016
If the rumor is true, this would be a welcome device by many Android fans. The very popular Nexus 7 (2013) tablet is no longer available or supported as far as major releases are concerned and the only real Google branded tablet option is the Pixel C. That’s a nice device and Android Nougat has certainly made it more usable, but at 10″, it is bigger than what some people will want or need.
Further, you could make the argument that the Android tablet market has been pretty blah over the course of the last year. There have been some highlights but overall, it is a market that hasn’t
had a wow factor for a while. Given the build quality of Huawei devices – both their own and the Google branded Nexus 6P phone – this device, if true, could be a really impressive device from a looks and performance perspective.
Of course, right now, this is all a leak based rumor. Google has not confirmed any of this so it is going to be a wait-and-see if we actually do get a new tablet. Personally, I’d love to see it. While I’m happy with my Nexus 9, I always had a fondness for my Nexus 7 and would love to see an updated replacement for it come out.