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If rumors are to be believed that Google plans to compete anew in the small tablet market by issuing a third Nexus 7 tablet version, likely to come from Huawei, then the soon-to-rollout Pixel C productivity slate is something that should interest Android fans. The 10.1-inch device somehow provides solid clues on the specs and features that the Nexus 7 2016 will pack on release date. 

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According to Tech Times, the Google Pixel C is likely to hit store shelves this week following the 2-in-1 device's introduction back in September. Prior to its commercial debut, a GeekBench benchmark result on the device leaked out and the data is nothing short impressive.

The new information also practically confirmed the Pixel C specs and features, which also paint a picture of what its smaller sibling would be - the Nexus 7 2016. Here are details known so far that potentially Google would either extend to the rumored 7-inch pure Android tab or scale down a bit to fit with the device's smaller profile:

NVIDIA Tegra processing chip

The power under the hood of the Pixel C is an NVIDIA Tegra X1 mobile processor that represents an upgrade from the Tegra K1 used on the HTC Nexus 9 tablet. If Google will continue with the pattern of firing up its Nexus tabs with NVIDIA chips then the Nexus 7 2016 is likely to draw its might from any of the two Tegra variants but the X1 definitely will have the edge.

3GB RAM provision

Google's big tablet is supported by 3GB of RAM, which continues the prevailing standard of bigger RAM provisions for flagship devices. If the new Nexus 7 hopes to effectively compete with the iPad Mini 4, for instance, that boasts of 2GB RAM inside then 3GB has be the standard.

2K or 1080p display panel

The Pixel C is Google's answer to the Apple iPad line of tablets and it's clear that one way the Internet search giant would to lure tablet users from the iPads is an immersive screen, which explains the3 Pixel C's 2560 x 1800 screen resolution. This, of course, will be scaled down for the Nexus 7 2016 rendering so the compact tab will likely rock a 1080p display instead that remains top-tier.

32GB basic storage

There is no excuse for too little internal memory for the next Nexus tab even for personal use so it's safe to assume that come the 2016 version the Nexus 7 should wow with 32GB as the basic storage configuration, which aligns with the 64GB that Pixel C pack as a business-centric tablet.

Solid body-build

The Nexus 9 had erased the sad memories of the Nexus 10, Nexus 7 2012 and Nexus 7 2013 by presenting itself as the first Google slate with premium finish. It was followed by the Nexus 6P and soon by the Pixel C so it's only expected that the Nexus 7 2016 has premium written all over it once unboxed.

And the premium build expectation is further fanned by the rumors that on release date, the Android N-powered Nexus 7 2016 will roll out from Huawei's production lines.