Rumors that a new Nexus tablet is in the works keep stacking up, but today there’s another huge hint that has us thinking the rumored device could launch in the near future. Google’s latest tablet, the second-generation Nexus 7, is now almost completely out of stock in the U.S. Play Store, signaling that a replacement slate could be on the way.
The Nexus 7 (2013) is pretty much impossible to buy right now from Google Play. The Wi-Fi and LTE versions for AT&T and T-Mobile are out of stock, though you can still order a GSM model if you want. Of course you can probably find a new or refurbished Nexus 7 elsewhere online, but it may be worth waiting for whatever’s coming next.
There’s no guarantee Google is planning to release a new Nexus tablet this year, but we’re definitely due for a new model. Rumor has it HTC is working on the device in question, which could pack an 8.9-inch 2048×1440-pixel display, a Tegra K1 processor, 2GB of RAM, 16 or 32GB of internal storage and an 8-megapixel OIS camera. We’re also expecting the design to feature some aluminum, which seems to be HTC’s preference when it comes to premium devices.
Again, there’s no guarantee that the Nexus 9 or any other new stock Android tablet is on the way, but it’s starting to look pretty likely Google will announce something soon. If you absolutely need a new tablet right this second go for it, but if you don’t mind holding off for a bit we’d recommend waiting a little while longer.