An Asus support representative got a little bit too chatty and gave away the Nexus 7 follow-up tablet release date and its specifications. The bizarre but interesting online chat session comes courtesy of a Google+ post.
Although there's no mention of the words Nexus or 7, but the rep was happy to discuss the 'Asus k009' which is believed to be the codename for the new Google tablet.
The rep who may or may not still have a job, revealed that the tablet will still have a 7in tablet but with a Full HD 1080x1920 resolution (make that 1200x1980!). It will run on a Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 quad-core processor and 2GB of RAM.
Other specs include 32GB of storage (no mention of a microSD card slot), 5Mp rear camera, 1.2Mp front camera, 4000mAh battery, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0, NFC and support for 4G LTE networks. See also: The 7 best tablets with expandable memory: what's the best tablet with an SD card slot?
The chat was also further confirmation that Google will release a new version of Android Jelly Bean, 4.3. The rep was clear that these are not confirmed specifications stating they are "not available to the public as yet but because I know you are eager so I just forwarded it to you".
We would happily welcome the launch of a new Nexus 7 but it is difficult to tell whether the details given are the real deal or not. If the new tablet is going to launch by the end of the month we expect to hear from Google pretty soon. Alternatively, the Asus k009 could be a new tablet from Asus rather than a collaboration with Google.