Google might be able to release its next big smartphone - but arguably more attention will be on what they plan to do about the Nexus 7.

Last year's Asus-built seven-inch Android tablet was a huge critical success and a sales hit - and now the next generation is reportedly on the cards.

But according to reports in the tech press, sources in the supply chain are concerned that the new device will lack critical advantages on price or features as the previous gen - and the fear is it won't be able to make as big an impact.

The new Nexus 7 is rumoured to come with a 1.5Ghz Snapdragon 600 processor, 2GB of RAM and the standard 16GB or 32GB of storage. It is also reported to feature a high-spec display (though exact reports on resolution vary) and a five-megapixel rear camera.

It has also been rumoured that the device will be announced and released before the end of July - though it's possible that could drift into August.

And now a report at Digitimes - not always known for their accurate rumours, it must be said - is suggesting that Google and Asus may aim for a lower sales target now the rest of the market has caught up with cheap 7-inch devices of their own.

That's based on supposed information from Taiwanese sources in the "supply chain" of the new device. Their report says an overall shipment of six million tablets might be regarded as a success, compared to the eight million original Nexus 7 devices shipped in the last twelve months.

We'll have to wait and see whether the new device can match the innovation of the original - but if it manages to pack some of the same cool new ideas we're hearing are in the upcoming MotoX, it might just be enough to make the new tablet as big a hit as the first. Let's just hope it's easier to open.

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