LONDON: Google is mulling to launch a next generation of its Nexus 7 tablet in July 2013, Reuters reported, citing sources with knowledge of the new product.
The news agency said two unnamed sources also told it Google is aiming to ship between six and eight million of the tablets in the second half of the year.
According to Reuters’ sources, the forthcoming version of the Nexus 7 will get some hardware improvements, with a higher screen resolution, a Qualcomm Snapdragon processor and a thinner bezel design both being mentioned.
The new Nexus 7 will be built by Asustek.
The original Nexus 7, also built by Asustek, was powered by an Nvidia Tegra 3 processor; it had a screen resolution of 1280×800 pixels.
Google reportedly plans to ship up to 8 million units of the new Nexus 7 in the second half of 2013. Its main competitors would be Amazon’s Kindle Fire and Apple’s iPad mini.
If Google is hoping to significantly ramp up Nexus 7 sales it’s possible it will drop the price to encourage adoption but Reuters’ sources said pricing is “yet to be determined and Google’s plans are fluid”. One option is for Google to retain the $199 entry level price. Another is to price the slate even lower, at $149, according to one of the sources.
None of this has been officially confirmed by Google, and no details about the tablet’s price have been revealed. The original Nexus 7 costs $199.