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?