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Next-Gen Nexus 7 To Go On Sale From This July; Dropping the Tegra for a Snapdragon

April 3, 2013 - Written By Tom Dawson

After all of the success that the original Nexus 7 has enjoyed, or at least has seemed to enjoy, it’d be of no surprise if the search giant were to release a follow-up to it this year. A lot of you reading this, might be doing so on your Nexus 7 and among the tech world, it’s made quite a name for itself, it’s an affordable, quality tablet that fits well into most people’s lives, and best of all – it’s a Nexus.

Reuters are now reporting that a next-generation Nexus 7 is already in the works and that it could go on sale from as early as July this year. Something that might come as a shock to some of you is that Google won’t be using Nvidia’s Tegra processor to power this year’s Nexus 7, and instead will look to Qualcomm’s Snapdragon processors. It’s unclear as to whether it’ll be a Snapdragon S4 Pro, a 600 or an 800 but, it’s more than likely that the 600 will be used, in order to keep costs down. Apparently, Google weighed up the two processors and decided that, for power-efficiency, the Qualcomm Snapdragon CPUs would be a much better bet to go with. In the grand scheme of things, it shouldn’t make too much difference to the overall performance of the tablet and if it brings a speed-boost along with better battery life then I am all for the change.

The actual hardware of the device would keep its 7-inch form-factor and gain a higher-resolution display, somewhere around the Full HD 1920 x 1080 mark, which would be great for those that love to watch movies on the go. The bezels around the device are also reported to be a lot thinner as well, which could make for a much lighter tablet as well. The original Nexus 7 isn’t exactly a bad-looking device but, it could do with an updated look and feel that might help it appeal to the average consumer even more.

As for all the important pricing, Google could sell the device at $199, which would again compete directly with Amazon’s Kindle Fire range and give Apple’s iPad Mini something to take notice of. Google would hope to sell as many as 8 Million of this year’s Nexus 7 tablet in the second-half of this year alone, which is ambitious to say the least.

This latest Nexus 7 is something that we’ll most likely see unveiled at Google I/O and it could be the first piece of hardware to launch with Android Key Lime Pie, what software features would be present though, well, who knows?