Nexus 7 reboot to feature Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro chipset

News Richard Goodwin 15:39, 8 Feb 2013

The next-generation Nexus 7 tablet from Google will be built by Asus and feature Qualcomm’s Snapdragon S4 Pro chipset, not Nvidia’s Tegra 4

Google has chosen Qualcomm’s Snapdragon S4 Pro chipset over Nvidia’s Tegra 4 for its upcoming next-generation Nexus 7 tablet, according to Pacific Crest analyst Michael McConnell.

Citing ‘supply chain conversations,’ McConnell believes Google dumped Nvidia because Qualcomm offered it a better offer, presumably one that would allow it to retail the tablet for less without compromising performance. 

‘We believe NVIDIA has lost the application processor socket to Qualcomm's Snapdragon APQ8064 chipset (S4 Pro) in the next-generation Google Nexus 7 tablet, which is scheduled to begin shipment in 2Q13,’ said McConnell.

He added: ‘supply chain conversations indicate two reasons for Google's selection of the Snapdragon APQ8064 over Tegra 4: (1) competitive pricing and (2) a decision to single-source the application processor and 3G/4G modem to simplify logistics and create a fully pin-compatible platform interface.’

Launched at CES 2013, the new Tegra 4 chipset features 72 GPU cores, giving it six-times the graphics processing power of its predecessor, and worldwide support for 4G LTE voice and data via its optional fifth-generation Nvidia Icera i500 chipset. 

Expected to launch in Q2 2013, Google’s next-gen Nexus 7 is tipped to feature a Full HD display, as well as Android Key Lime Pie (version 5.0). The device is also expected to retail for same price as the original Nexus 7 on Google’s Play store.

More news as we get it. 

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