ASUS K009 tablet appears at Bluetooth SIG and FCC, includes 'nexus' brand name

Alex Wagner
Editorial Director of News and Content from Omaha, NE
Published: June 14, 2013

ASUS K009 Nexus tablet Bluetooth SIG

The Nexus 7 is fast approaching its first birthday, and in the mobile world that typically means that it's about time for a refresh. Google hasn't said anything official about an updated Nexus 7 yet, but newly-discovered filings from the Bluetooth Special Interest Group and Federal Communications Commission may have spilled some of the details of a new model.

A listing for a new ASUS-made tablet featuring the model number K009 has been spotted on the Bluetooth SIG's website, complete with a photo of the device with its screen off. It's difficult to discern much of anything from the small photo that's included with the entry, but the Bluetooth SIG's description of the K009 says that it packs a 7-inch display and quad-core Snapdragon 600 processor.

Meanwhile, an FCC listing for the K009 offers up a few more details on the device. The entry includes both "ASUS" and "nexus" as the device's brands and lists the K009 as having both front and rear cameras, a 4,000mAh battery and LTE support. Interestingly, the FCC also says that the K009 features a Qualcomm APQ-8064 processor, which would be a Snapdragon S4 Pro and not the Snapdragon 600 that the Bluetooth SIG claims is included with the K009.

Despite the fact that Google hasn't made any official announcements regarding a new Nexus tablet, many believe that the company is working on an updated model to follow the widely-adopted Nexus 7. We'll have to wait until this K009 is actually introduced before we know exactly what makes it tick, but if the device does indeed end up as the next Nexus tablet, it sounds like Google and ASUS will have addressed some of the most widespread complaints about the original Nexus 7 by adding a rear camera and LTE support. Would you be interested in a new Nexus 7 that includes front and rear cameras as well as LTE connectivity?

Via Android Police, Bluetooth SIG, FCC

ASUS K009 Nexus tablet FCC