After the huge market success that is the Nexus 7, it seems that Google and ASUS will co-develop a successor for the first 7-inch tablet member of the Nexus tribe.
According to sources within ASUS’ part supply chain, quoted by DigiTimes, the new ASUS tablet will be officially announced in May. Since Google I/O debuts on May 15th, the second-generation Nexus 7 will most likely be introduced at this event.
Rumor has it that the new tablet will boast a 7-inch display with full HD resolution, skinnier display bezel and a price from $199 to $299. We’re also expecting a WiFi + 3G model to hit the market, too, probably packing 32 GB of internal storage.
The same source also mentions that the combined sales of the first and second generation Nexus 7 will hit the 10 million unit threshold, adding that more than 6 million Nexus 7 units will have been sold by the end of January.
There are speculations that the new Nexus 7 is scheduled to begin shipment in the second quarter of 2013, but it’s not clear if that is a fact or just an educated guess.
Rumor has it that this time Google has planed to ditch Nvidia’s Tegra 4 and go with the quad-core Snapdragon S4 Pro chipset by Qualcomm with Adreno 320, a unit that is currently used by several phone and tablet makers, which is perfectly capable of dealing with the rumored 1080p resolution of the next Nexus 7 tablet. Google chose the Snapdragon S4 Pro APQ8064 chip over Tegra 4 for two reasons – competitive pricing and a better integration with 3G/4G modem technology, which would allow the maker of the Nexus 7 to cut costs and simplify logistics. The Qualcomm’s monster processor uses four Krait cores clocked at 1.5 GHz and it brings more processing power than the current Tegra 3 SoC installed on the 7-inch tablet.
Because the second-gen Nexus 7 is expected to arrive at Google I/O, an event where the search engine giant will unveil the new Android 5.0 Key Lime Pie, we are expecting to see the new Android iteration come pre-installed on the new affordable 7-inch slate.
Do you think we will see the new Nexus 7 tablet at Google I/O?