Google’s Nexus 7 2 features Qualcomm’s Snapdragon over Tegra 4 in favor of 4G/LTE Support
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.