Thursday, 4 April 2013

Google to begin selling second-gen Nexus 7 from July: Report

Indicates at the possible Google I/O 2013 debut

Reuters is reporting that Google will begin selling the next-gen Nexus 7 tablet from July in the markets globally. The tablet, as previously rumoured, will be powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon processor, added the report.

Google is also aiming to sell 8 million units of this tablet in the second half of the year.  There is still no word on how the search giant aims to price the tablet as that would a key factor in achieving this target.

The new Nexus 7 tablet will come with a thinner bezel, higher-resolution display (probably full HD) and Snapdragon processor, as previously said.

Google seems to be choosing Qualcomm Snapdragon processor over NVIDIA’s Tegra 4 because of ‘power’ related reasons.  Google, Qualcomm or NVIDIA did not comment on this report to the Reuters.

Google had originally jumped in the tablet arena with the release of original Nexus 7 tablet last June, when it partnered with Asus to manufacture the tablet, Asus is also making the second-generation tablet, showing the confidence that Google is showing this Taiwanese manufacturer.

One of the Reuters sources speculated that Nexus 7 might be priced beginning $199 like the first-generation model, but had no clear information about the pricing.

In related news, Asus India has announced the launch of Nexus 7 32GB as well as Nexus 7 3G variant in the country just yesterday ending a long wait. The tablet will be sold from Google Play, where Google is already selling the 16GB version Nexus 7 Wi-Fi tablet.

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