Nexus 7 Successor "in the works"
- The Nexus 7 is a getting a new model July of this year
- Tegra 3 is getting replaced with a Snapdragon SoC
- More power, longer battery life, higher resolution screen and a cheaper price too?
Google's widely popular tablet the Nexus 7 has a successor in the works and it's looking to be released in July of this year. According to Reuters, two different sources have confirmed the existence of a new Nexus 7 tablet. The collaboration between Acer and Google last year for the original model will return this time with Asus slated to handle the manufacturing and assembly once again.
Nexus 7's original release midway through last year at $249 AU saw an overwhelming response from the sender public. With a Tegra 3 chip under the hood not only was it one of the most powerful 7" tablets but also one of the cheapest. Google followed suit later in the year with the release of their Nexus 4 smartphone (check out our review here).
According to Reuters, the biggest change hardware wise will be a change of the System On Chip (SoC). The new model will have a Snapdragon SoC to replace the Nvidia Tegra 3 SoC in the current model. Which Snapdragon model has not been specified but the reasoning behind this change is assumed to be the increase of processing as well power consumption over the now outdated Tegra 3. As well as updated system specs there will also be an increase in screen resolution, over last years offering of 1280x800, and a thinner bezel.
We may even see a cheaper starting price this year with higher production numbers driving the retail cost even lower. The current Nexus 7 is reportedly getting a discount down to $149 US opening up options for those looking to get a good tablet at an extremely attractive price.
As an upgrade to the current Nexus 7 in almost every way, Google and Asus's new offering may see a significant impact on the tablet market.
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