Some crucial information has appeared in the form of some new benchmarks which has seemingly lifted the lid on Google’s upcoming Nexus tablet by ASUS. The device may now hit the market as the Google Nexus ‘7’ and the operating system may be Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, rather than Android 5.0 as previously speculated everywhere.
The device is expected to be officially unveiled at Google’s upcoming I/O event which takes place in June, but benchmarks provided by Power Board may have just spilled the juicy details early. Nobody knew what the device would be called, but now we have learned that it could come to market as the Nexus 7.
The number 7 would obviously be a direct result of the 7-inch display screen that ASUS are building and actually, we reckon that the name is a perfect fit. The Google Nexus 7 has a nice ring to it and we wouldn’t have any objections if this is indeed the final name.
The benchmark results also reveal some other interesting information about the device, most notably the inclusion of a Tegra 3 quad-core 1.3Ghz processor and a 720p HD resolution. Based on frequent stories in the media, many consumers were expecting Jelly Bean to be next major version of Android, bring the version number to 5.0. For the first time though, we have seen evidence that Jelly Bean may actually be Android 4.1 instead, suggesting that the changes between Ice Cream Sandwich and Jelly Bean may not be too major as first presumed.
Considering that we went from 2.2 Froyo, to 2.3 Gingerbread and then up to 3.0 Honeycomb for tablets, it shouldn’t actually be too much of a surprise if Google take Android 4.0 up to Android 4.1 instead. Does this mean that we’ll see Android 4.2 as well before seeing Android 5.0? These benchmarks have provided so many new questions, so we can’t wait to see Google answer them at I/O.
Firstly, how does the Nexus 7 name sound to you? Would you have preferred a more unique name to distinguish the product a bit more, or is 7 fine just as long as the word Nexus is included? Although, how would you feel if Jelly Bean turns out to be a minor update from Ice Cream Sandwich?