Wednesday, April 3, 2013

New Nexus 7 coming in July?

The popular Nexus 7 mini-tablet is nearing its first anniversary next July, and that makes for the perfect time to announce it's successor. According to Reuters, there's a new Nexus 7 generation coming... and it will keep on pushing the price barriers even lower.

It might be hard to remember how things were a year ago. The iPad dominated the tablet market, and Google desperately needed to attract customers to Android tablet's segment. There were low cost tablets out there, but suffering from lousy construction quality and severely under-powered. The Nexus 7 changed all that, and marked the beginning of a new Nexus era, where Google devices were priced at nearly "manufacturing cost value". The strategy worked, and has been working ever since (just look at the Nexus 10 and Nexus 4).

With the new Nexus 7, some say Google will push the low-cost point even lower, offering it for just $149 (with the $199 price point probably becoming the most attractive model, with more capacity as usual).

We still no nothing about what it will have, but the rumors point to the use of Qualcomm Snapdragon CPUs instead of Nvidia's Tegra. Even with a lower price point, I also suspect Google will update the screen to a FullHD screen (just like they went overboard on the Nexus 10 and it's high-density screen, while still keeping its cost down). I also hope this time the Nexus 7 will finally get to have a main back-facing camera.

... What about you? What would you like to see on the new Nexus 7?

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