Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Google to release new Nexus 7 this summer

by Greg Woolston

Google’s Nexus 7 was quite the hit when it was revealed last year. The small powerhouse was a pleasant surprise for most. I am personally fond of the 7 inch tablet, and have been very happy with mine since launch. Reuters reports that Google along with hardware manufacturer ASUS are planning to release the next Nexus 7 this July.

The revised Nexus 7 is likely to feature a larger screen than its predecessor by reducing the size of the bezel surrounding the screen. The new screen could even come with a higher resolution than the previous model in an effort to differentiate themselves from other tablet giants Apple and Amazon.

According the Reuters the new Nexus 7 will feature Qualcomm’s Snapdragon processor instead of an Nvidia sourced chip like the previous model’s Tegra 3 chip. The reason for the switch was mainly due to power reasons as reported by Reuters. Could this mean that Google is also trying to gain greater battery life than similarly sized and priced tablets, or will they be trying something more aggressive to entice new users to their hardware?

Google is also expecting the new Nexus 7 to sell far better than the previous generation. Google expects to ship around 8 million Nexus 7s in the second half of the year. The estimate of sales from the current device in that same time period is about 4.6 million. The Nexus 7 is a very capable device that delivers on all fronts. It is exciting to see that Google is getting serious about this platform, and they will most likely detail this hardware at their annual I/O event.

Article Source: Reuters

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Written by Greg Woolston
Junior Tech Editor


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