We have already heard rumors that Google’s next-generation Nexus 7 might not be powered by Nvidia chip. Today another source, more reliable than the previous ones, reported exactly the same information. According to Reuters, the new Google Nexus 7 may be released around July and will come with a Qualcomm Snapdragon processor of unknown type. The tablet will reportedly be called the Nexus 7.7 and, just like its predecessor, will be made by Asus.
New Google Nexus 7.7 speculated price tag.
Apparently, Google decided to switch to Qualcomm chip “for power reasons”, which may mean one of two things. Either it will be simply more powerful, or more battery-friendly. Apart from the processor, the new Nexus 7.7 is believed to be slightly redesigned on the outside featuring thinner bezels. The device will also sport a display with a higher resolution, possibly 1,920 x 1,200 pixels. One more probable update is the operating system version. Next version of Android, Key Lime Pie, is just around the corner and may be available by June.
Google managed to sell over 4.5 million Nexus 7 tablets over 6-month period lat year. It looks like the company plans to double that number with the new Nexus 7 and sell over 8 million devices. In order to do that it, Google will have to play wise with prices. One possible scenario assumes that the tablet will be launched with a $199 price tag, with the current version discounted to $149. It is also possible that the Nexus 7.7 will be priced at $149 and the old version will be discontinued.