Reuters: Google To Launch Second-Gen Nexus 7 In July

Reuters is suggesting in a report today that Google will launch a new version of its Nexus 7 tablet in July. It will bring with it a decent spec bump, if the rumours are to be believed.

Citing two "sources with knowledge of the new product", Reuters claims that the new Nexus 7 will pack a higher resolution screen, thinner bezel, and swap out Nvidia's Tegra 3 silicon in favour of Qualcomm's Snapdragon chip. The decision to switch chips -- a major blow to Nvidia if it's true -- was based on power consumption considerations, according to the sources.

The news wire also claims that Google hopes to ship a whopping eight million of the tablets in the second half of the year -- which, if true, is a statement of serious intent and a massive gauntlet thrown down to both Amazon and Apple. The sources also suggest that the device would continue to be built by Taiwanese manufacturer Asustek.

It's unclear where the second-gen tablet would fit into the Nexus range. However, Reuters' sources suggest that it could either go on sale for $US200 with the current model's price being slashed, or alternatively replace the existing tablet and sell for $US150.

As ever, a pinch of salt is obviously required alongside these rumours. But it's certainly the case that Google would want to refresh its tablet range in the coming year, and these suggestions certainly sound plausible. We'll have to wait and see. [Reuters]



    I'm in the position where I've basically sold myself on the idea of a tablet, and the nexus 7 is the clear frontrunner. I'm now in the shitty corner of whether or not I wait for the next gen or just jump on board now. July is much later than I'd previously read, and that makes me a sad panda

      I'd just go for it. The beauty of Google's Nexus range is the price. If the predictions are true, you could probably buy a Nexus 7 now, sell it when then next generation one comes out and only be spending $70-$100 more to upgrade. Not too much of a blow to your wallet.

      The original was released in July last year, so it would make sense. Any earlier than that and you get into the situation Apple find themselves in when they released an updated iPad just 6 months later.

      I have an original N7 and I'll keep it, especially if that rumour is true and they are dropping the Tegra 3. I'll keep my Tegra 3 thanks.

      Last edited 04/04/13 9:47 am

    Agree with rilian, just jump on the upgrade will be a couple dollars if the next gen wets your lips.
    I'm loving the device its has satisfied my requirements from a tablet in every way

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