The next-gen Nexus 7 or Nexus 7.7, as it s also known, could be powered by Qualcomm s Snapdragon S4 Pro CPU, instead of Nvidia s Tegra 4 System-on-a-Chip (SoC), as earlier reported. Also Read - Motorola Moto Maxx launching in India as ‘Moto Turbo’: Report
Pacific Crest analyst, Michael McConnell, has been quoted in a report that Google is choosing Qualcomm over Nvidia, not only because the former is willing to offer a better deal but also due to S4 Pro’s tighter integration with 3G and 4G modem technology. He further stated that the two reasons for Google’s selection of the Snapdragon APQ8064 over Tegra 4 are competitive pricing and a decision to single-source the application processor.
We d earlier reported that the Nexus 7.7 will sport an HD-display and get a revamped design. We had also reported about the specs of the tablet, which with the now changed processor is expected to sport a 7.7-inch display with a resolution of 1920 1200 pixels converting to 294 pixels per inch. It will also have a 2GB RAM, 720p front and rear camera and have an expected starting price of $299 for the 8GB model.
McConnell also claimed in the report that the Nexus 7.7 tablet is scheduled to begin shipment in the second quarter of 2013.