Google to Release 2nd Generation Nexus 7 with Snapdragon in July

April 3, 2013

Google is planning to release its second generation Nexus 7 in July of this year, according to two new sources. The successor to the hit Android tablet, which will again be manufactured by Asus, is said to be equipped with a Qualcomm Snapdragon processor, higher resolution display and thinner bezel.

The source did not name the specific Snapdragon chipset, but a previous rumor purportedly outed Google’s choice to go with Qualcomm’s Snapdragon S4 Pro over Nvidia’s Tegra 4 due to cost and timing. That being said, unless the new Nexus 7 goes on sale for $150 as opposed to the expected $200, we’d be surprised if the tablet didn’t rock the latest Snapdragon 600, which is the same CPU in the HTC One and Samsung Galaxy S4 smartphones.

Google hopes to aggressively compete with Apple’s iPad Mini and Amazon’s Kindle Fire by shipping eight million 2nd generation Nexus 7 tablets in the second half of 2013. The search giant sold an estimated 4.6 million units of the original Nexus 7 in H2 2012. Analysts are expecting the refreshed Nexus 7 to be announced at Google I/O 2013 in May.


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