Report: Next Nexus 7 Tablet to Favor Qualcomm Over Nvidia

The new Nexus tablet, rumored to be called the Nexus 7 2, has had another interesting change rumored. The previous Nexus 7 tablet featured a Tegra 3 SoC (system on chip), so it was to be expected that the new Google tablet would feature the Tegra 4/4i. However, earlier DigiTimes reported that Google is considering Qualcomm’s Snapdragon SoC instead of Nvidia’s Tegra 4/4i.

The issue behind the Tegra 4 is that it does not support 4G/LTE service, and while the Tegra 4i is said to fix that (read more about the Tegra 4 family here), the release date is apparently not soon enough for Google. According to independent sources, Nvidia might lose up to 8 million shipments because of this decision.

The tablet will be most likely be unveiled in May during Google’s annual I/O developer conference.

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  • If true, then good news!
    Let's face it, tegra 3 was nothing but overhyped weak SoC. even at the time it was released.
    Extra A9 cores that made zero difference in real world performance.
    Battery saving 5th core used as marketing material but barely saves any juice. Some custom kernel devs disable the fifth core.
    weak GPU and completely bottlenecked by slow single-channel memory.
    And, of course, the dick move of paying off devs for exclusive games and effects for this weak chip to support their "console quality gaming" bullshit marketing.

    After tegra 3, I don't believe anything nvidia has to say. They can keep tegra 4. not interested one bit.
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  • Negra 4i? Oo
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  • If true, then good news!
    Let's face it, tegra 3 was nothing but overhyped weak SoC. even at the time it was released.
    Extra A9 cores that made zero difference in real world performance.
    Battery saving 5th core used as marketing material but barely saves any juice. Some custom kernel devs disable the fifth core.
    weak GPU and completely bottlenecked by slow single-channel memory.
    And, of course, the dick move of paying off devs for exclusive games and effects for this weak chip to support their "console quality gaming" bullshit marketing.

    After tegra 3, I don't believe anything nvidia has to say. They can keep tegra 4. not interested one bit.
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  • While it's not news to read about the Nexus 7's successor using Snapdragon instead of Tegra (we've been reading about that for a while now), I thought that Tegra 4 does have the integrated modem.

    MemnarchonNegra 4i? Oo


    That's one helluva typo in the paragraph below the picture. I hope that Tom's fixes it quickly.
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