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Analyst Claims New Nexus 7 Will Ditch Tegra Chip in Favor of Qualcomm, Arrives in Q2 of This Year

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According to Pacific Crest analyst Michael McConnell, the next version of the Nexus 7 will feature a Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro (APQ8064) processor instead of NVIDIA’s next-gen Tegra 4. Because of Qualcomm’s tighter integration with modem technology, McConnell figures that a Snapdragon chip will simplify the supply and essentially lower costs. 

As you all know, the current Nexus 7 runs NVIDIA’s Tegra 3 processor. However, thus far, no version of the Nexus 7 contains an LTE chip, something that has become somewhat commonplace when it comes to Tegra 3 devices. If Google were to go with Qualcomm, they will have no issues taking the next Nexus 7 into LTE territory, should that be one of their goals.

McConnell states that the new Nexus 7 will ship in Q2 of this year. This matches up to a previous rumor which suggested that Google and Asus would unveil the next-gen tablet at Google I/O in May.

The latest spec chatter pegs the device has having a full HD (1080p) display, smaller bezel, and dropping in at the same $199 and $249 prices we are seeing from the current model.

Thoughts on the lack of a Tegra 4? Qualcomm over NVIDIA, OK with you?

Via:  CNET

  • Yet another body blow to Nvidia’s ARM ambitions

  • mcdonsco

    really? I JUST bought one…grrr

    • JRomeo

      Why would you buy one if you know that mobile/tablet devices get refreshed/updated every single year? You did know you bought last year’s model, right?

  • I don’t know if I’d count the Tegra 4 out yet. I’m not sure I see the benefit to a lte nexus 7. Its so easier, and cheaper to just tether your tablet to your phone.

  • jer85008

    Great news to me. NVidia has been blowing smoke on the Tegra chips for years claiming how great the gaming would be – only to sorely dissapoint. I’ll take Qualcomm all the way.

  • Butters619

    Bought my GF a N7 last year. Buying myself one this year. I was waiting for a full HD 7″ tablet before I tossed in the towel on the 10″

  • David Verba

    I understand getting a new phone every year (my G-Nex is the first phone I’ve had for over a year and okay with it), but a new tablet every year just doesn’t make sense to me. I’ll be keeping my Nexus 7 for at least another gen – that being said, I’m in the for next gen of the Nexus 10 and this supposed X-Phone…

  • Trevor

    I just hope the new Nexus 7 fits the pogo pin dock sitting on my end table…

    And to keep things on topic, yes, Snapdragon is fine with me.

  • Dave

    In a related story, Nvidia will be burning their processors to stay warm in the alley where they sleep.

  • ShadrachCA

    LTE on my N7 isn’t really something I desire since I am rarely using it in an area without WiFi and when I do, I just tether it to my phone. Personally, I’d rather the chip have the best overall performance/power usage since I don’t see myself paying for a second data plan anytime soon.

  • It’s a balancing act, figure out what mainstream users are doing with the product, and build to it. You just hope they get it right.

  • S2556

    I didn’t jump on the first batch so looks like these have my name written all over it

    • Hunter

      You’re missing out.

      • S2556

        Oh I know. I wanted to get one don’t get me wrong. Just have been tight on money as of late. Should be better off this year though

    • rreich49

      I debated waiting for the upgrade, but it was my birthday and couldn’t think of a better gift. I’m glad I didn’t wait because this thing is fricken awesome. I’m giving my iPad2 to my wife (maybe that’s why she bought me the N7, hmmmm).

  • Jimmy

    QC over Nvidia all the way. Im not a gamer, and could care less about it.

  • Otto Dieffenbach

    i bought the N7 partially because of the Nvidia platform. Nexus devices traditionally had the other GPUs and therefore were not compatible with some of the apps that i wanted to try. i have been very pleased with the tegra chipset and the differences in games like deadtrigger and shadow gun thd versus their non tegra counterparts was striking. even nfs;mw was a jump in graphics that i wasnt expecting.

    • Droidzilla

      Are you getting a jump in graphics, or the extras that are thrown in for Tegra Zone games? I thought the new Adruino GPUs were very competitive.

      • JohnGaspardo

        They are I have both a nexus 4 and 7 which i have rooted and overclocked. Gpu only on nexus 4 and both cpu and cpu on nexus 7. At 1.6GHz the nexus 7 runs gta vice city flawless with no stutter and so does the nexus 4 however stock the nexus 7 does stutter at max settings. overclock your tegra3. That being said im 24 hours of heavy use with a heavily under and overclocked nexus 4. Qualcomm is doing something right

  • I would love the next Nexus to have Tegra 4 and use my PC Graphic Card to play PC games on my Nexus table.

  • Jonathan Ly

    I prefer to see the S4 get the nod in respect that LTE will be the standard. However without an LTE prepaid option that is reasonable it maybe for not

  • >> If Google were to go with Qualcomm, they will have no issues taking the
    next Nexus 7 into LTE territory, should that be one of their goals.

    Before they make a LTE tablet, they’d better spend some times releasing a LTE phone first. My GNex is getting old …

    • JRomeo

      when you get 21MBps download speed on a Nexus4 in real-life tests, you don’t really need LTE

      • What about in the future when most mobile carriers goto VoLTE (Voice over LTE)? So far VoLTE has been proven to be functional and Verizon will begin implementation of it beginning in the end of THIS year while VoHPSA (Voice over HSPA) is just NOW being developed.

        • JRomeo

          I installed GrooveIP app from the google play store and VOIP over HSPA works great. I dont have enough information regarding Voice over HSPA to give you any type of knowledgeable response. But I believe it would be Ideal for mobile carrieres to expand HSPA+ and LTE simultaneously so that users could use both or just one or the other are their choice.

  • JetBlue

    I thought developers preferred Qualcomm since they’re the most open chips? Or am I thinking of another chip?

    • Diablo81588

      I thought that was Texas instruments.

      • Droidzilla

        They’re getting out of the mobile game and will only be doing vehicle chipsets from now on.

        • Diablo81588

          They were the most open though, which is the main reason why the galaxy nexus has the OMAP soc.

          • Droidzilla

            Ah; very true.

  • teevirus

    I honestly feel like I need to take a course in electrical engineering to truly understand the difference between the two. My only concerns are price and availability followed shortly by User experence. I like being able to scoff at the folks who buy products from the fruit company as I use my superior product.

    • Mike

      If you want to nitpick, they have us beat HW wise nowadays with the exception of overall screen size on their phones. The Ipad4 PowerVR GPU is a monster. Even more powerful than the Mali T604 in my N10.

      • Droidzilla

        Apple arguably has Android beat in the GPU department, but I can’t for the life of me think what else hardware-wise. Their camera is a Sony (found in several Android handsets), their radios are Qualcomm (standard stuff), and their screens are usually LG or Samsung. Build quality is nice enough, but has its issues. All in all, I don’t see what Apple has that’s head and shoulders above Android. Even for chipsets they’re still using A9 cores with some A15ish tweaks, and that’s par for the course (about to be passed up, too).

  • How would this end up any differently than the Galaxy Nexus on VZW?

  • triangle8

    I would love a new, updated Nexus 7 with LTE, along with a full HD display and a quad-core snapdragon at $200-300.

  • This sounds amazing. I’ll take it. I hated the Tegra 3.

    • Man people really like tegra for some reason. I have a feeling it’s all because of nvidia’s pc graphics reputation.

      • AnthonyMoya

        I love my Nexus 7 but don’t really care for the tegra 3. It’s great for gaming and showing more detail but not so much for multi-tasking and just raw processing power. I would go for a tegra 4 if they were to put more focus on actual processing power. If not I’d take a qualcomm nexus any day.

        • The S4 Pro beats Tegra 3 in every way even gaming. It also made my gs3 look really outdated.

  • Not liking this one bit…I want Tegra 4

  • bensicard

    As long as they stick with the 16:10 resolution, making it 1920×1200, I’ll likely be fine with the CPU choice.

  • Google seems pretty focused on inter-operability of their devices these days. Unfortunately, at this point, that seems to mean LTE is off the table. Let’s just hope they buy t-mobile or something.

    • bucky500

      I’ve been with Tmo for almost 10yrs. . .if Google were to buy them I’d be very pleased! Why’d you have to put an idea so unlikely yet so desirable into my head!

  • Havoc70

    I am glad i already have my Nexus 7 then. Tegra over Qualcomm anyday

    • Droidzilla

      Double post all the way!

  • Havoc70

    Then i am glad i already have my Nexus 7 with the Tegra 3 chip. Tegra over Qualcomm anyday

    • It seems a lot of users with Tegra devices report unresponsiveness and sluggish tendencies, both of which seem to be nonexistent with devices running Qualcommm chipsets.

      • Havoc70

        The only slowness i have ever had on my N7 is when the memory gets too full that i will agree with. But overall i couldnt be happier with my N7. Smooth, and fast.

      • Otto Dieffenbach

        no the n7 was plagued like other 4.2 with currents lagging the system, the GPU was never the cause, just bad coding.

    • Droidzilla

      The S4 Pro stomps all over the Tegra 3. The Snapdragon 800 will also probably eat the Tegra 4’s lunch. NVidia has always been early to the game with their Tegra chips, but then Samsung and Qualcomm have been only just behind with a better product. Qualcomm has done a good job of keeping up over their last few iterations (they used to be behind the pack a few versions back). Having used a Nexus 7 and a Nexus 4, I’d say this is a smart move for Google.

      • Otto Dieffenbach

        love Q’s chipsets, but nvidia provides engines/platforms to build games upon. Q does not have a background as strong to focus on gaming.

        • Droidzilla

          True, but haven’t their Adruino GPUs come up a bit in the last few cycles? I only lightly game, but I’ve had zero issues on my N4. NVidia is known for talking a very big game in their press release events and then not quite backing it up; not saying they make bad chips, it’s just that their Tegra 2 and 3 efforts seemed rushed to market in order to be first. I don’t have high hopes for the Tegra 4 because of this track record. It’ll be fine, I’m sure, but I bet the same gen Snapdragon and Exynos will outshine it.

          • Performance as side though, I think everyone is really just worried because nividia created a ecosystem that is more gaming centric than Qualcomm has. Even though my n7 seems a bit slower than my n4 I still prefer it for gaming for the thd games.

  • Brandon Sikes

    If Google is planning on building out it’s own mobile data company that will be using LTE frequencies, then why not go ahead and start making anything they make an LTE capable device.

  • Liquidretro

    A true Nexus device with LTE, we can only dream, at least on Verizon. . . .