Google Working with ASUS for 2nd Generation Nexus 7
Here’s some big news for you. It looks like Google is set to announce the next generation of the Nexus 7 in May. Google is also working with ASUS for the Nexus 7, who is the manufacturer of the original Nexus 7 which was announced at last year’s Google I/O. It’s worthy to note that the company’s first and second generation Nexus 7s are indeed expected to reach 10 million units in 2013. This is according to sources from the upstream supply chain.
Total Google Nexus 7 shipments will surpass six million units by the end of January with the US$249 model being the best selling model, the sources noted.
Now based on the recently released samples of Google’s upcoming refresh of the Nexus 7, sources are pointing out the prices of the new 7-inch tablet will be the same as the first generation, which was priced at $199-249 for the 8GB and 16GB, then in October Google introduced the 32GB at the $249 price and the 16GB dropped to the $199 price point. It’s also being said that several specifications have been upgraded and among those changes are a full HD display and an industrial design with a thinner display boarder.
The machine will also feature Google’s upgraded Jelly Bean-based Android operating system to enhance integration between the software and the hardware, the sources added.
This does come to the Digitimes which doesn’t have the best track record, but we have no reason to doubt these rumors since the original Nexus 7 has sold very well, and they are keeping this Nexus device in stock more than the Nexus 4 or Nexus 10. The upgrades to the specs? Well of course ASUS and Google are going to upgrade the specs. This isn’t Apple. They aren’t going to release the same Nexus 7 in May with the same specs as the original Nexus 7 launched last June. I’d love to see the Tegra 4 chip put in this device, and also see an unlocked LTE version, but I don’t think that’ll happen.
So having said that, what kind of upgrades or changes do you want to see in the Nexus 7 come May, Google I/O? Let us know in the comments below.