New Google Nexus 7 with higher resolution display and thinner bezel rumored for July launchAlex Wagner - Deputy Managing Editor, News Desk
Google's Nexus 7 is getting close to celebrating its first birthday, and as usually seems to be the case when flagship mobile hardware turns one year old, that means that it's about time for a successor to be introduced. According to two sources speaking to Reuters, that's exactly what Google intends to do. The tipsters claim that a new Nexus 7 will be launching in July with both a higher-resolution display and thinner bezel. The tablet, which Google is expected to make in collaboration with ASUS once again, will also reportedly ditch the OG Nexus 7's NVIDIA Tegra processor in favor of a Qualcomm-made Snapdragon chip.
When it comes to pricing, Google has gotten fairly aggressive with its recent Nexus hardware, and it doesn't look like that'll be changing with this new Nexus 7. One Reuters source suggests that the upcoming N7 will be priced at $199, while the older model will have its price slashed. Another tipster says that Google could launch the next Nexus 7 for $149, which is a lower price than the original Nexus 7 arrived with.
The Nexus 7 has seemingly done pretty well for Google, with analyst estimates pegging the device's second half 2013 sales at around 4.6 million units. Because of that, it's no surprise to hear that Google and ASUS are preparing a follow-up. The most interesting part of today's rumor is that the new Nexus 7 will make the switch from a Tegra chip to a Snapdragon one, a change that's reportedly being made for "power reasons." It's not yet known exactly which Snapdragon the next N7 will have inside of it, but improved power efficiency is always a good thing, and I'm sure that Qualcomm would be more than happy to have its name attached to one of Google's high-profile Nexus products.