A follow-up to the Google Nexus 7 could be unveiled in May, most likely at Google's I/O conference, according to DigiTimes, citing an unnamed source from the upstream supply chain. The second-generation Nexus 7 from Google and ASUS will feature improved hardware and will cost $249, which is $50 more than the entry-level 7-incher. DigiTimes says that while the original Nexus 7 used the Nvidia Tegra 3 processor, the new tablet will make use of a Qualcomm chipset due to the lack of 4G LTE on Nvidia's chip.
What Else You Need To Know
- Aside from the second-generation Nexus 7, Google is expected to unveil at the I/O event the Android 5.0 operating system and subsidiary Motorola's X Phone.
- After the Nexus 7, ASUS will reportedly release a high-end smartphone with an Intel chipset and 5 to 5.5-inch touchscreen in June at the earliest.
- The Intel-powered handset will be Asus' first foray into standalone smartphones as the Asus Padfone released last year had a companion dock and keyboard.
- Nvidia shipped over 10 million Tegra 3 chipsets for 2012 tablets, with 6 million units supplied to Google for the first- generation Nexus 7.
In case you’re wondering if the price is the reason why ASUS turned away from Nvidia, well it’s not, since Qualcomm’s chips have a similar price level.- Radu Iorga, Tablet News
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