Google is preparing to release a second generation of the Nexus 7 tablet, one which will be considerably improved compared to the current version. It is said that the company will replace the Nvidia Tegra 3 CPU with a Qualcomm branded SoC. According to some sources cited by Reuters, Google is expecting to sell around 8 million new Nexus 7 units in Q3 and Q4 2013. The handset is supposed to be released in July.
Google wants to remain one of the top budget tablet manufacturers and it needs to upgrade its product as companies like Apple and Amazon will probably do the same thing. 8 million sold units is a pretty big figure, but it can be done if Google comes up with a strong tablet, but will offer it at the same affordable price.
The next generation Nexus 7 will sport a Qualcomm-made processor that could be the Snapdragon S4, but the tablet can also boast the Snapdragon 600. Also, the new Nexus 7 will probably come with a full HD display with a 1920 x 1080 resolution.
If the Nexus 7 will be powered by a Snapdragon CPU, NVIDIA will be seriously be affected as it tries to compete with Samsung and Qualcomm for the first place in the chip market.
As I said, the price of the Nexus 7 will be a very important aspect. For instance, the most affordable Apple tablet is the iPad Mini, which is sold at $329, which is quite a lot considering that the devices doesn’t include extraordinary specs having only a dual-core CPU, 512 MB of RAM, and a poor 1024 x 768 pixel resolution). On the other hand, Amazon has a very competitive pricing strategy with its Kindle Fire costing only $159, and the Kindle Fire HD costing $199. Amazon will probably refresh its line of tablets as well, but a revamped Kindle Fire is likely to be launched later this year.
HP is also readying its Slate scheduled for a summer launch at a price of 169$, which is a very good price. However, the specs are similar to the ones of the iPad Mini having a dual-core CPU and an even poorer resolution of 1024 x 600, though HP’s tablet is half the price of Apple’s iPad Mini. If we compare them all, the Kindle Fire is the most affordable and it has a better screen.
As for Google, the company could just replace the current version of the Nexus 7 and sell the new one at the same price, or it could follow Amazon’s strategy and keep the current Nexus 7 on sale, but for less money.
What do you think about Google replacing the Nvidia 3 with one of Qualcomm’s processors?