Feb 08, 2013, FRIDAY. Article by: Kevin Go – We’ve been hearing reports surrounding the next-generation Nexus 7 tablet of Google, apparently, rumor has it that the successor to the current iteration of the 7-inch device will no longer come with a system-on-a-chip from the computer graphics giant, Nvidia Corporation.
For starters, looks like Qualcomm Incorporated’s current breed of Snapdragon processors will be taking the place of the Tegra 3 chip found inside the current Nexus 7. According to Michael McConnell of Pacific Press, Nvidia has managed to lure Google’s attention by giving them an irresistible deal, also, the internet giant reportedly chose the Snapdragon S4 Pro (APQ8064) with the Adreno 320 graphics [same chip found inside the Nexus 4] over the Tegra 4 since its built-in modem makes it easier for manufacturers to produce devices that can support 3G and 4G networks — further lowering production costs.
Google’s I/O event will be held on May this year, it is also the same event wherein the rumored successor to the Nexus 7 is expected to take the center stage. If Google and Qualcomm’s rumored deal ever turns into reality, Nvidia will definitely have a lot to lose since the Nexus 7 is a very popular device, not to mention, a lot of smartphone and tablet manufacturers are slowly taking the plunge in implementing Qualcomm’s blazing-fast chips in their products.
Semiconductor talks aside, the Nexus 7 is Google’s first ever tablet computer and is being manufactured by the Taiwanese computer giant, Asustek. Its direct competitor are the Apple iPad Mini, the Samsung Galaxy Tab 7 Plus and several others.
The Nexus 7 boasts the Android 4.2.1 Jelly Bean mobile operating system and boasts a quad-core Nvidia Tegra 3 system-on-a-chip with a custom GeForce GPU, a 1,280 by 800 IPS LCD display with Corning Gorilla Glass atop, a front-facing HD video chat camera as well as support for NFC, WiFi and Bluetooth radios. It also has a gigabyte of RAM, and comes in 16 or 32 gigabyte flavors, a different 32 gigabyte model exists which supports HSPA+ networks for Cellular data capabilities.
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