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Nexus 7 2 Will Sport Snapdragon 600 CPU, Not The Tegra 4i

Even tough we don’t how the next generation of the Nexus 7 tablet is going to be called, another reported is surfacing the web suggesting that it will be powered by a CPU developed by Qualcomm, and not by the NVIDIA Tegra 4 chip.

Because the first Nexus 7 is packing the Tegra 3 processor, you would think that the second generation tablet would be sporting an NVIDIA branded SoC, as well. However, according to online publication DigiTimes , the new Nexus 7 developed by Google and Asus will not feature the Tegra 4 processor as earlier reports claimed, but instead the two companies will go for a Qualcomm Snapdragon CPU. The reason is pretty simple as the Qualcomm made processor will have support for 4G LTE connection. Even though the Tegra 4i also has support for LTE, the chip will be launched later this year and Google can’t wait that much because it seems that the Nexus 7 2 production will start earlier.

We don’t have an exact release date for the second generation of Nexus 7, but the tablet is probably going to be unveiled at the Google I/O event 2013 which will take place in May. At this year’s event, Google is also expected to launch the new Android 5.0 Key Lime Pie, but also a new flagship smartphone, the Motorola x Phone or the Nexus 5. With this supposed release date, we think that the CPU of the Nexus 7 will be actually the Snapdragon 600, because the Snapdragon 800 is going to be launched later in 2013.

According to some anonymous sources, NVIDIA will have a lot to lose because of its late chip launch. By not being the processor supplier for the Nexus 7 2, the company will lose around 8 million CPU shipments this year, which would be a significant drawback.

The numbers indicate that Google has great hopes for its new Nexus 7 tablet. If the company expects to sell 8 million units, it means that the new tablet model will have a bigger success than its predecessor which is said to sell around 6 million units.

Are you happy about the fact that the new Nexus 7 will sport a Snapdragon processor?


  • Diane

    Will a faster processor fix sloppy coding? The UI is so terrible on the n7 that an iPad 2 provides a more pleasant tablet experience. I wish my n7 was smoother and more responsive. Instead its jittery and slow. It certainly has a better layout than iOS but its poorly implemented. Don’t believe me? Pick up and iPad and go surfing. Project butter was a joke.

    • Lino

      I suspect that the jitter that you see may be due to some installed app running in the background. Try disabling sync for Currents and temporarily uninstall non-Google apps that show up in the “running” or “cached” lists after a reboot even if you didn’t open them.

      • Allan

        No. Android 4.2 is honestly the dumbest and least thought-out release of Android that tablets have seen. Before, tablets always had their own ppi and ui layout, which split the screen between the menu on the left and content on the right. Then came 4.2, using the same ui layout as the nexus 4 on the nexus 7 and 10, making the tablets seem like monstrous reincarnations of the Dell Streak. If Android 5.0 follows suit, I’m buying an iPad.

        Plus, Tegra 3 was honestly the worst processor ever. Nvidia should be ashamed of the single-channel, terribly bottlenecked LPDDR3 found on the T3, which limited 3D performance so much that Adreno 225 did better. One can only hope that Nvidia doesn’t make the same mistake (they’ve put dual channel memory into the Tegra 4 but single channel (again!) into the 4i).

        Don’t get me wrong, I’d much rather see the Tegra 4 in tablets. Adreno 320 is far from the GPU that it claims to be (its fillrates are beyond terrible, so much for the “theoretical GFLOPS at 300mHz”), and so was the Mali-T604 (no one’s interested in implementing the T-658 and T-678, which can actually throw some punches), so this 72-core Geforce might actually be powerful enough, for a change (even though Nvidia is too lazy to use unified shaders).

        • Blueberrytriumphant

          If you’re buying for a tablet for 199, don’t complain about specs. Cuz the nexus 7 is worth every dollar. Android 4.2 is meant for design, ios looked the same for the past 5 years. I pad will always be better, but it’s not worth the money apple put it up for.

          • Jon1123

            Your fucking retarded? U said iPad will always be better? U obviously don’t know shit. It was never better.

        • Jon1123

          Stop whining bitch

      • Diane

        CPU isn’t going to fix that. The tablet experience is jittery whether or not there multiple apps running or sync enabled. Google needs to improve the code and interface to fix that. The n7 has plenty of processor and memory.

  • Aj

    I was thinking of getting the Nexus 7 now but I think I can wait for another month for the next one to come out. I just wish it would be sooner!!!!!

  • bigpapadump

    Proofread much?

  • Inuboy1000

    I might just buy one of these over the summer. The new ones they’re coming out with I mean. Why? Because I wanna play some awesome games lol. It looks really cool and I’ve used one of these and it’s pretty cool. Hopefully they might it thinner, better designed, unique, and maybe increase the screen size. Idk like 7.5 inches or whatever. While I love the iPad Mini, I can’t deny it’s too expensive for me. The new Nexus also could use a back facing camera along with the one on the front for convenience sake.

  • $14317264

    so nexus 7 will be slower then terga 4, guess ill wait for the next kindle fire hd