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Nexus 7 refresh expected at I/O: upgraded SoC and display, same price
With Google I/O just around the corner, speculation is starting to mount about what the company might show next week in San Francisco. The next major update to Android seems like a given, but according to KGI securities analyst Mingchi Kuo, the company also plans to have new hardware to go along with it. Specifically, an updated Nexus 7 tablet packed with latest generation internals and the same $199 starting price.
The Asus-built tablet will reportedly get an updated Snapdragon S4 Pro processor from Qualcomm and a high resolution WUXGA display supporting a resolution of 1980 X 1200 pixels, up from 1280 x 800 on the current model. The device is also expected to pack an upgraded 5-megapixel rear facing camera and Texas Instruments' Qi wireless charging, which is compatible with a wide range of chargers on the market.
As far a physical refinements are concerned the report mentions a thinner bezel and slimmer profile at around 7.5-8.5mm. If Kuo’s predictions based on supplier checks are accurate, all this should put the Nexus 7 near or below the size and weight of Apple’s iPad Mini, with better overall specs and a markedly lower price.
What’s more, the device could ship as early as June or July in large numbers, potentially giving Google a head start to capture sales ahead of an iPad mini refresh -- which is rumored to be delayed until the fall.
Beyond the Nexus 7, Kuo says Google has Android-powered notebooks on the horizon -- which is rather curious given their efforts with Chrome OS -- as well as a new Google TV device and a smart watch. None of this are expected to be show at I/O, however, but rather in another 3-4 months.
The Google Nexus 7 is the first Google tablet and is manufactured in partnership with Asus. It features a 7-inch 1280 x 800 display and a Tegra 3 SoC which itself comprises a quad-core CPU and twelve-core GPU. Connectivity options include Wi-Fi and Bluetooth, also you get a front-facing camera and ships with Android 4.1 Jelly Bean operating system.
The Nexus 10 is Google's rival of the full-size Apple's iPad. It is manufactured by Samsung and is powered by a dual-core ARM Cortex-A15 chip, 2GB of RAM and Android 4.2. The Nexus packs a 10" screen at 2560 x 1600 resolution (300ppi). Other features include microUSB, Micro HDMI and not one but two NFC chips.
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