With so many budget tablets in the works, it would seem only fitting that Google would introduce the second generation Nexus 7 on a mid-summer release. Mainly in order to compete with all the other big names out there who are also slated for summer tablet releases. We’ve been toying with the concept of whether or not Google would ever actually bring it out in the first place, so to hear that they are, definitely has our interest piqued.

We weren’t expecting this price, but we can’t say we’re surprised; the Google Nexus 7 Second Gen will reportedly start $229 USD for the 16GB version, and then go up from there, according to reports. We were expecting a bit less, but then again, technology doesn’t tend to get cheaper as time goes on. Not to mention this is 16GB, not 8 like the original. There’s a good chance it’ll run Android 4.3 Jelly Bean, run on a Snapdragon 600 quad-core CPU or an S4 Pro.

As for the visual goodies, you can expect a similar case design, but the screen will be even better than it was before (and it wasn’t bad to begin with) with a resolution of 1,920 x 1,200 pixels. Resounding color quality matched with Jelly Bean? You have us officially sold.

When it does come next month, it’ll be raised in price solely to distinguish it from lower Android tablet offerings, and to help it compete strongly with the iPad Mini second-gen, which is expected very soon. Given enough time, and a strong enough reception, we have no doubt that it’ll trounce the expensive iPad in every way. We’ve seen countless rumors stating a July release, but this seems to confirm it while also giving us a price to expect too.