The second-generation 7-inch Nexus tablet – which could have a strange name like Nexus 7 2 – is again rumored to pack a Qualcomm processor instead of a NVIDIA Tegra 4/4i SoC.
The current Nexus 7 model comes with NVIDIA’s Tegra 3 under the hood, so the natural assumption would be that future Nexus 7 models will continue to use future generations of NVIDIA processors.
A new DigiTimes report on Monday said that Asus and Google have chosen a Qualcomm Snapdragon processor instead a Tegra 4, likely because the former chip also come with 4G LTE support. While Tegra 4i chip versions do have integrated LTE capabilities, they’re launching too late to catch up with Nexus 7 2 production needs.
The new 7-inch Nexus tablet is reported to be unveiled in May, most likely at this year’s Google I/O edition. By not being the chosen SoC maker, NVIDIA is said to lose “almost eight million processor shipments in 2013,” according to sources familiar with the matter.
Comparatively, the company reportedly shipped 6 million Tegra 3 chips to Google for the first Nexus 7.
Are you looking forward to buy the new Nexus 7 tablet?