HP Slate vs Nexus 7

HP Slate 7 (left) vs Nexus 7 (right)

A new report from Asia seems to indicate that there’s a difference of opinion regarding new Nexus 7 sales between Taiwan-based vendors and supply chain makers in the region.

The new Nexus 7 is expected to arrive later this month – different reports (also from Asia) say it will hit Taiwan in late July, although that’s yet to be confirmed – and we’re already looking at a sales forecast from DigiTimes.

According to the publication “some Taiwan-based vendors” think that Google will sell “as many as eight million second-generation Nexus 7s” this year, while “supply chain makers” aren’t that optimists, saying that “the volume will be difficult to reach because many vendors will launch competing models.

Some of these sources believe that the new Nexus 7 will not have the same pricing advantage its predecessor had in 2012, when few Android tablet makers were able to launch similarly-priced devices.

This year, a variety of companies have already announced affordable 7-inch tablets, some of them already cheaper than the existing Nexus 7 model. The lists includes companies like HP, Acer, Lenovo and even Asus. The latter is also building the new Nexus 7 tablet, although it will have its own affordable devices in stores.

DigiTimes says that the new Nexus 7 will pack a 7-inch 1980 x 1200 display, Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 processor, 5-megapixel camera, 1.2-megapixel front-facing camera, and that it will sell for somewhere around $199-$249, at least the Wi-Fi version.

However, while these details come from the same “sources from the supply chain,” nothing is official just yet.

That said, no matter whether the upcoming Nexus 7 will hit the 8 million sales mark this year – and we’ll point out that Google doesn’t share Nexus sales numbers anyway – it’ll surely be a device that will attract a lot of attention both from consumers but also from other OEMs that prepping their own future budget tablet offerings.