Google to launch second-gen Nexus 7 in July, picks Qualcomm over Nvidia

It has only been a few days since Google started selling the Asus Nexus 7 tablets through Play Store in India while Asus launched the 32GB and 3G variant of Nexus 7 and we are already hearing news about the second-generation Nexus 7 is just a couple of months away from launch. According to Reuters, Google is planning to launch the successor to the Nexus 7 in July.

The most interesting part of the report is that the new version will be powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon processor, instead of the Nvidia Tegra chipset used in the original model. This apart, the new version is expected to be feature a higher screen resolution and a thinner bezel design. Asus will continue to be the hardware partner for the second-generation Nexus 7.

Though there is nothing concrete known about the pricing of the device, it is expected that Google will keep the pricing strategy unchanged and launch the new variant at a competitive price point to maintain market friction with Apple’s iPad mini and Amazon’s Kindle tablets. Also, Google is reportedly aiming at shipping up to eight million Nexus 7 tablets in the second half of the year.