8 million new Google Nexus 7 tablets could be shipped this year
Although previous estimations had it that Google would sell 10 million second-generation Nexus 7 tablets this year, a new report throws a less-optimistic light on the matter.
DigiTimes quotes “sources from the upstream supply chain”, saying that only 8 million new 7 inch Google tablets could be shipped before the end of the year, with 1 million units being shipped starting May.
The upcoming Nexus 7 should be officially announced next month at Google I/O (May 15 – 17). Like the first generation model, the new tablet is manufactured by Asus. And if shipments indeed reach 8 million units, this will help the Taiwanese company ship a total of 12 million tablets by the end of 2013.
The next Google tablet won’t go on sale in May, but in June, or even July. It will not cost less than $200, most likely offering a display with more than 1280 x 800 pixels (this is the screen resolution of the current Nexus 7 – pictured below). That aside, a Qualcomm Snapdragon processor, and LTE connectivity are expected. Moreover, we are going to see an improved design, including a narrower bezel.
A second generation Nexus 10 is also going to debut later this year (but not in May). This will be manufactured by Samsung, coming with a quad-core Exynos processor.