I've been 'reading the tea leaves' a bit about when I expect a new Nexus 7 to be introduced and I'm pretty sure it's going to be next month, July with August shipping. Why you ask? Here's my reasoning...
At the just completed Computex Conference this week, Asus introduced their new 7 inch Android tablet, the Memo Pad HD 7 which is basically a Nexus 7 with a 5mp rear camera and Micro SD slot added onto it but for a price of only $129 for the 8GB and $149 for 16GB.
Now here's the kicker. Asus has said this new tablet will be available to purchase starting in AUGUST. Why is this important? Well since Asus makes the Nexus 7 for Google there is simply no way that Google would be ok with Asus selling a competing tablet so similar to the Nexus 7 with improved specs for LESS than the Nexus 7.
So I predict that before Asus is allowed to start selling the Memo Pad HD7 we will see a new Nexus 7 introduced with 'next generation' specs like we've discussed before...1080p screen, Snapdragon 600 or better processor, rear camera, possibly HDMI built-in, thinner/lighter/sleeker design. We probably still won't see a Micro SD but that's the norm with Nexus devices.
One last point. Just noticed that on Google Play today they are pushing the Nexus 7 in a 'dads and grads' promotion. I see this as the 'last push' for the current generation Nexus 7 and we will see the new one before the new school year starts in late August/early September.
Again...this all goes to my prediction of a July Introduction and August availability for the 2nd generation Nexus 7.
Your thoughts gents and mademoiselles?