Nexus 7 2 Tipped to Run Snapdragon 800 Processor

A new rumor claims the Nexus 7 2 will feature a powerful Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor when it debuts at Google I/O next week.

The Snapdragon 800 processor was announced at CES 2013 and is expected to go into mass production later this month, which would time up with the Nexus 7 2 launch at Google I/O.

This news is contrary to an analyst note this morning which claims the new Nexus 7 will use an older Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro processor. Both rumors agree the Nexus 7 2 will feature a higher resolution 1920 x 1200 resolution display which puts the display at 323 pixels per inch, a higher rating than the iPad mini, which could deliver a better viewing experience.

The Nexus 7 2 is rumored with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor.

The Nexus 7 2 is rumored with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor.

If the Nexus 7 2 features a Snapdragon 800 processor, as VR-Zone claims, it would be the first tablet to come to market with the powerful processor. Here are several key features that the Snapdragon 800 processor brings to the table.

  • Ultra Low power usage
  • 4G LTE support
  • USB 3.0 support for faster transfers
  • QuickCharge 2.0 – Full charge in 3 hours instead of 7 hours
  • Improved battery life
  • Support for game engines like Unity, Epic and Unigine

The Snapdragon 600 processor is a step down from the Snapdragon 800, and powers the HTC One and the Samsung Galaxy S4 smartphones.

Google is expected to announce the Nexus 7 2 at Google I/O on May 15th during a long Keynote event. The Nexus 7 serves as Google’s flagship tablet, offering an affordable Android tablet with a very good user experience and multiple connectivity options.

The other Nexus 7 rumors point to improvements such as a 5MP rear-facing camera. The Nexus 7 does not feature a rear facing camera currently.

Read: Nexus 7 2 Predictions: Release Date, Features & More

At this point it remains up in the air as to whether the Nexus 7 2 will run Android 4.3 or Android 5.0. Google is rumored to be working on both versions of Android, but rumors and leaks indicate Android 4.3 may be more likely. Android 4.3 would be a new version of Jelly Bean, with unspecified features and Android 5.0 would reportedly carry the Key Lime Pie name, also with unspecified features.

Gotta Be Mobile will be at Google I/O to go hands on with the new Nexus 7 as soon as Google announces the device.