New Google Nexus 7 tablet to use Qualcomm’s S4 Pro processor
Expected to be officially announced in May, Google’s second-generation Nexus 7 tablet will be manufactured by Asus – just like the current model.
According to previous rumors, the new Nexus 7 will feature a Full HD (1920 x 1080) display, instead of the 1280 x 800 pixels screen found on the first generation tablet. Naturally, this won’t be the only change.
Barron’s is reporting that Pacific Crest analyst Michael McConnell believes Google won’t collaborate with Nvidia for the chipset inside the new Nexus 7, but with Qualcomm. Reportedly, the tablet will have a quad-core Snapdragon S4 Pro chip – unlike the first Nexus 7 (pictured below), which relies on Nvidia’s Tegra.
“Supply chain conversations indicate two reasons for Google’s selection of the Snapdragon APQ8064 over Tegra 4: competitive pricing, and a decision to single-source the application processor and 3G/4G modem to simplify logistics and create a fully pin-compatible platform interface,” declared McConnell.
It is estimated that Google has sold about 6 million Nexus 7 devices until now. The new Nexus 7 could be shipped in more than 10 million units before the end of 2013.
Google should unveil its new 7 inch tablet during its I/O conference (15 – 17 May). The company is reportedly also readying a second-generation Nexus 10, which will be made by Samsung, featuring a quad-core Exynos processor and an eight-core GPU. However, this will likely not be announced in May.