Next-gen Nexus 7 will Reportedly Ditch Nvidia Tegra Chips

New reports have emerged claiming that ASUS is planning to unveil new devices in the coming months, including the successor to  the highly popular Nexus 7 tablet.

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However, the reports also suggest that this time the next-gen Nexus 7 will come packed with a Qualcomm chip under the hood instead of the Nvidia Tegra 4 processor. The OG Nexus 7 packs in a Tegra 3 processor and many upcoming Nexus 7 models were previously rumored to come with Nvidia chips under the hood, but this new report states otherwise.

DigiTimes published a new reports recently stating that this time with the next-gen Nexus 7, both Google and ASUS opted for a Qualcomm snapdragon chip instead of the Tegra 4 SoC, that’s because the Qualcomm processor also supports 4G LTE,  while the Tegra 4i versions also have support for LTE. However, they are expected to launch pretty late and can’t catch up with the next-gen Nexus 7’s production.

There are still no official words by any of the related companies that prove this report true, but DigiTimes has a decent track record for predicting upcoming gadgets.

The second-generation Nexus 7 is expected to launch in May and without the orders, Nvidia may lose almost eight million processor shipments in 2013,” – DigiTimes via its sources in upper supply chain.

The report also states that last year Nvidia shipped over 10 million Tegra 3 chips for tablets, and more than 6 million were sold to Google for its Nexus 7 tablet production. The rest of the chips were sold to other companies like Lenovo, Acer, LG and some Chinese OEMs.
7″ tablets have proven to be a big success in the tablet market and people seem to prefer this smaller form factor. This is the prime reason tablet sales for Nexus 7, Kindle Fire HD and even the iPad Mini have been huge. If the leaked specs for the next-gen Nexus 7 have a little bit of truth in them, then it will break all the records set by its predecessor.
The 2nd gen Nexus 7 is reportedly going to sport a 1080p full HD display with even thinner bezel. It will be lighter than the current Nexus 7, and best of all it will be priced the same as the OG Nexus 7. It is also expected to come with the next iteration of Android, Key Lime Pie OS.
The new Nexus 7 tablet will reportedly make its way to the market in May, it will most likely be launched at Google I/O 2013 developer conference.
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