A successor to the popular Nexus 7 may be launching in May, potentially at Google I/O, and it may come equipped with a Qualcomm processor rather than a Tegra processor from NVIDIA.
Last year, Google and Asus launched the Nexus 7, a 7-inch tablet that turned out to be one of the best options on the Android tablet market and the tablet market as a whole. The device, which arrived in July, is now approaching its one year anniversary, which means that it may be replaced, in favor of an improved Nexus tablet.
The Nexus 7 last year took place at Google I/O and there is now speculation that that may be the place that Google decides to introduce the new Nexus to the world.
According to Digitimes, a technology publication that can be hit or miss with information it sources from the supply lines, the new Nexus 7 tablet will be coming at some point in May and will have a Qualcomm processor on board instead of a NVIDIA Tegra processor like the original Nexus 7 had.
The Nexus 7 sported the quad-core Tegra 3 processor from NVIDIA and given NVIDIA’s Tegra 4 announcement at CES, it seemed like a logical choice for the new Nexus 7. However, it appears that Asus, which is evidently building the new tablet, decided that the new Tegra 4i chip, which comes with 4G LTE integration, would not be able to catch up with the Nexus 7’s production schedule.
Asus’ new Nexus 7 tablet is expected to arrive in May which means that it’s likely going to be coming at Google I/O which is set to take place in San Francisco during the middle of the month. If true, the device could join Android 5.0 Key Lime Pie and the Motorola X Phone on stage during the annual developer conference’s keynote.
Previous new Nexus 7 rumors have suggested that the successor will sport a Qualcomm processor, perhaps the Snapdragon S4 Pro which is the company’s last-generation quad-core chip. Qualcomm has announced both a new quad-core Snapdragon 600 and Snapdragon 800 but given the low-cost of the Nexus 7, the Snapdragon S4 Pro could be a cost-cutting move.
The 7-inch slate is also rumored to be moving to a full HD 1920 X 1080-pixel display, up from the 1280 X 800-pixel screen that is on board the current version of the Nexus 7. It may also have Android 5.0 Key Lime Pie, expected to debut at Google I/O as well.