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Google's next Nexus 7 tablet will shun Nvidia in favour of Qualcomm

Tipped for a July release
Wed Apr 03 2013, 10:13
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HARDWARE DESIGNER Google is working on a sequel to its Google Nexus 7 tablet, which won't have an Nvidia Tegra 3 chip but rather a Qualcomm processor.

Reuters reported that Google is currently working on its second generation Nexus 7 tablet ahead of its release in July this year. The firm reportedly is sticking with Asus to build the device, but will be switching out the Nvidia Tegra 3 processor for a Qualcomm Snapdragon chip. Although the exact processor model is not named, Google apparently favoured a Qualcomm chip for "power reasons", according to Reuters' unnamed source.

Further details about the tablet remain scarce, but we're assuming that it'll feature a 7in HD touchscreen and an untouched version of Google's Android mobile operating system. Given the tablet's mooted July release date, the device could be unveiled at Google's I/O conference in May, which could see it come with Android 5.0 Key Lime Pie.

While the tablet is likely to feature upgraded specifications, Reuters reported that Google is likely to keep the price low. Although there's no concrete information yet, the report said that Google will either keep the price at $199, the same as the original Nexus 7 tablet, or lower it to $149.

Slashing the price would certainly help Google and Asus reach their tablet sales targets for 2013. Google reportedly plans to shift six to eight million of its second generation Nexus 7 tablets in the second half of the year, while Asus has said that it hopes to sell 12 to 14 million.

Google declined to comment on speculation. µ

 

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