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Nexus 7 sequel reportedly on track for July

Reuters reports that Google and ASUS will be releasing a second-generation Nexus 7 tablet in July. According to Reuters’ sources, ASUS will use one of Qualcomm’s Snapdragon in the revamped tablet, marking a shift away from the NVIDIA Tegra 3 processor used in the original Nexus 7. Sources also say that the second-generation Nexus 7 will feature a higher resolution screen – not much of a surprise given the industry trend towards higher pixel densities – as well as a thinner bezel design.

Not only that, but Google may pursue an even more aggressive price for the tablet. According to one source, Google could discontinue the existing Nexus 7 and introduce the new model at a reduced price of $149 (around £99). Reuters’ other source contradicts that rumor, however, saying that Google plans to introduce the new model at the current $199 price point.

The publication also notes that Google is looking to shift an increased number of the tablets too, with the company aiming to ship up to eight million units in the second half of the year. That would be an improvement on the Nexus 7, with estimates putting sales of the budget tablet in the 4.6 million range during 2012.

Google and ASUS look set to take on the likes of the iPad mini and the Kindle Fire, with the only question being when the companies will reveal the refreshed tablet. The Nexus 7 was announced during Google I/O 2012 last May, so we may well see the second-generation shown off in just over a month.


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