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Next Nexus 7 Model to Use Qualcomm Snapdragon Chipset?

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Manufacturer Asus said to be ditching Nvidia's Tegra 4.

The upcoming variant of Google's Nexus 7 tablet will apparently ditch Nvidia's Tegra 4 processor in favor of a Qualcomm Snapdragon chipset.

The second-generation Nexus 7, manufactured by Asus, is said to sport a full HD (1920 x 1080) display, as opposed to the 1280 x 800 pixels featured by the current, first-generation variant. Moreover, Pacific Crest analyst Michael McConnell believes Google won’t rely on Nvidia for its chipset, but instead turn to Qualcomm.

Google's second-generation Nexus 7 should have a quad-core Snapdragon S4 Pro chip, while the first model utilized an Nvidia Tegra 3 system-on-chip. Qualcomm's Chief Marketing Officer recently criticized Nvidia's Tegra processors with the Tegra 4 believed to have been adopted by only Toshiba.

"Supply chain conversations indicate two reasons for Google’s selection of the Snapdragon APQ8064 over Tegra 4: competitive pricing, and a decision to single-source the application processor and 3G/4G modem to simplify logistics and create a fully pin-compatible platform interface," McConnell said.

Google's I/O conference (May 15 to May 17) should see the announcement of the new Nexus 7 model. While an unveiling at the event is unlikely, Google is also purportedly developing a Nexus 10 successor; it's said to be powered by a quad-core Exynos processor and an eight-core GPU.

 

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    lathe26 , February 8, 2013 7:09 PM
    This sounds like a really nice upgrade. That said, I won't be selling my current Nexus 7 to get the second generation Nexus 7. I'm very happy with my current one.
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    house70 , February 8, 2013 7:09 PM
    Go with whatever chipset is better at the time. I personally think that Tegra is overrated.
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    lathe26 , February 8, 2013 7:09 PM
    This sounds like a really nice upgrade. That said, I won't be selling my current Nexus 7 to get the second generation Nexus 7. I'm very happy with my current one.
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    mocchan , February 8, 2013 7:32 PM
    Very excited for the next gen Nexus 7! I've been eyeballing the current tablet for awhile ever since my brother purchased one. Seems I'll be holding off for a while longer for the second gen!
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    clownbaby , February 8, 2013 7:34 PM
    I'm not going to second guess google's decision after loving the nexus 7. I won't be trading in my original model for the upgrade, but I am very interested to see the next iteration of the nexus 10. It's certainly a fine product now, but wasn't quite the innovator to separate $400 from my wallet.
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    darkchazz , February 8, 2013 7:40 PM
    Anything better than the overhyped tegra trash.
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    g00fysmiley , February 8, 2013 7:53 PM
    I will eb excited to see what they scome up with fo rthe nexus 7 and 10, with there ws an in between like 8.5" though, 10.1 seems big, 7 seems to close to my phone and planning on getting a ntoe 3 so bordering on very close at that point. still an improved budget small tablet wll cause the rest of the tablet makers to step up
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    xpeh , February 8, 2013 8:24 PM
    Oh man, if they use the upcoming Snapdragon 800, I'll be forced to buy it. Plus, all of the first Nexus 7's bugs will be ironed out, hopefully.
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    blazorthon , February 8, 2013 8:46 PM
    darkchazzAnything better than the overhyped tegra trash.


    Overhyped, yes, but trash seems going too far.
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    killerclick , February 8, 2013 9:26 PM
    Tegra 3 is great on the Nexus 7, it's still the fastest 7" tablet on the market, at any price. I can see how suckers who bought those expensive Transformer Prime/Infinity or Surface RT might feel disappointed, but it's not Tegra's fault.
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    darkchazz , February 8, 2013 10:05 PM
    killerclickTegra 3 is great on the Nexus 7, it's still the fastest 7" tablet on the market, at any price. I can see how suckers who bought those expensive Transformer Prime/Infinity or Surface RT might feel disappointed, but it's not Tegra's fault.

    Yep. Since nvidia hyped tegra 3 so much with the "4+1 QUAD COAR + 12 GPU COAR BEAST" and the "console quality gaming" bullshit, ASUS and M$ thought they'd just use this hype to sell their overpriced tablets while still saving cash because T3 is quite cheap.
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    pckitty4427 , February 8, 2013 10:39 PM
    I guess they can't really afford to put the most high-end processor in a $199 tablet.
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    renz496 , February 9, 2013 1:40 AM
    so will this replacing the original nexus7 in terms of pricing?
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    hannibal , February 9, 2013 12:17 PM
    to renz496: Most propably. The tegra 3 is getting old and they need new product at the same price gategory. They allready have nexus 10 as an "better" option, for those who are willing to pay more.
    If they can get new nexus 7 with a little bit better screen, CPUGPU with a little bit better electric usage they are just fine!
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    alidan , February 9, 2013 12:36 PM
    nigger-obamaI love my nexus 7 32GB more than my own children

    same here... well... replace the tablet with my computer and children with... well... lets end that thought there and you draw your own conclusions.
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    sundragon , February 9, 2013 3:20 PM
    Love my Nexus 7! Glad they are being critical on the CPU for the next gen model. I'm surprised the Tegra 4 hasn't been received so well - I would like to see a proper review soon so we can know what the fuss is about.

    Increasing pixel density on the 7" screen is also good - I don't have issues reading for hours but an improvement is always nice. I just hope Google does a better job with the updates - the last one killed bluetooth, battery life, among other things. Looking forward to 4.2.2. to fix those in the next week or two.

    I bought my 7 when they first hit the stores. I'll decide on upgrading to that or the competing iPad Mini, depending on specs at that time.
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    blazorthon , February 9, 2013 3:54 PM
    sundragonLove my Nexus 7! Glad they are being critical on the CPU for the next gen model. I'm surprised the Tegra 4 hasn't been received so well - I would like to see a proper review soon so we can know what the fuss is about.Increasing pixel density on the 7" screen is also good - I don't have issues reading for hours but an improvement is always nice. I just hope Google does a better job with the updates - the last one killed bluetooth, battery life, among other things. Looking forward to 4.2.2. to fix those in the next week or two.I bought my 7 when they first hit the stores. I'll decide on upgrading to that or the competing iPad Mini, depending on specs at that time.


    My Nexus 7 isn't having any battery life issues. It'll go all day with minor gaming and be fine. I have 4.2.1
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    sundragon , February 9, 2013 5:10 PM
    blazorthonMy Nexus 7 isn't having any battery life issues. It'll go all day with minor gaming and be fine. I have 4.2.1


    I wish mine did, it went from 5 days to about 2 on standby without an increase in use. It's a common complaint, but no bluetooth and screen flicker from backlight adjusting every couple seconds made it unusable until I bought Lux to correct it. Google told me 4.2.2 should correct these issues.
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    cobra5000 , February 9, 2013 10:37 PM
    Ha! Take THAT, Nvidia!
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    dns7950 , February 9, 2013 10:59 PM
    Quote:The upcoming variant of Google's Nexus 7 tablet will apparently ditch Nvidia's Tegra 4 processor in favor of a Qualcomm Snapdragon chipset.

    The second-generation Nexus 7, manufactured by Asus, is said to sport a full HD (1920 x 1080) display, as opposed to the 1280 x 800 pixels featured by the current, first-generation variant. Moreover, Pacific Crest analyst Michael McConnell believes Google won’t rely on Nvidia for its chipset, but instead turn to Qualcomm.

    Google's second-generation Nexus 7 should have a quad-core Snapdragon S4 Pro chip, while the first model utilized an Nvidia Tegra 3 system-on-chip. Qualcomm's Chief Marketing Officer recently criticized Nvidia's Tegra processors with the Tegra 4 believed to have been adopted by only Toshiba.

    Where are the sources? nvidia will "apparently" use a qualcomm chipset because " analyst Michael McConnell believes" "Google's second-generation Nexus 7 should have a quad-core Snapdragon S4 Pro chip".. Who cares what an "analyst" believes.. Why should it? Because some guy from qualcomm says their brand new 28nm cortex a-15 chipset is better than nvidias almost 2 year old 40nm cortex a-9 chipset? Of course qualcomm says their chipset is better, how about wait and see what tegra 4 is like before making a decision.. jesus.. freaking analysts on news sites...
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