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Nexus 7 Successor Could See Switch to Qualcomm Processor, Says Rumor

It looks like Google and Asus are teaming up again for a second-gen version of the Nexus 7, and if rumors are to be believed, they could be ditching Nvidia as the processor supplier this time around.

The rumor claims that the second-gen Nexus 7 will instead use a Qualcomm processor, and could have to due with Qualcomm’s chip integration process. While the Nvidia Tegra 4i does in fact have integrated 4G LTE, supposedly the processor came to late to fit in with their development plans and launch schedule for the Nexus 7’s successor.

The idea of Asus and Google switching to Qualcomm is believable enough, but keep in mind that this rumor comes from sources reporting to DigiTimes. DigiTimes has a less-than-perfect track record when it comes to this sort of ‘news’, so take it with a healthy dose of salt.

Regardless of what processor gets thrown in there, we do know that it seems more than likely that Asus and Google would team up again for the Nexus 7. The biggest reason is just how much of a success the 7-incher has been in tablet market, selling roughly 5 million units give or take some.

When the Nexus 7 successor does arrive, what kind of features and improvements are you hoping for when compared to the original? Shout out your ideas in the comments below.

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  • http://michaelkwan.com Michael Kwan

    While a performance bump would naturally be appreciated, I’d just like to a see a refinement of design. Thin out that bezel so that the front face is nearly all screen. Adding a rear camera, even a cheaper 5MP unit, wouldn’t be a bad idea either. Maybe an optional keyboard dock a la Transformer series too.

    • Andrew Grush

      I agree. I know that a lot of people don’t use the back camera on a tablet, but there are times when it comes in handy– even if it is just your kid wanting to play around and take photos with it.

      The Nexus line is already awesome, but some cool new accessories like a keyboard dock would be really great. :)