New version of Nexus 7 to go on sale in July claim sources

Google is to release an update to its Nexus 7 tablet in July according to rumours. Powered by a Qualcomm chip, the new tablet will be similarly priced to the current affordable version.

A pair of sources told Reuters the tablet was inbound, which suggests it is more fact than rumour. Google's plan is to tackle the affordable tablet market in a big way with the new release. It hopes to sell up to 8 million Asus built slates, stealing market share from the iPad mini and Kindle Fire.

Specification rumours include a higher resolution screen, thinner design and a Qualcomm chip. The latter is a big change, as traditionally Asus made devices have been using Nvidia's Tegra system. The Nexus 7 on sale now for example uses a Tegra 3 chip.

The decision to go with Qualcomm is allegedly connected to power consumption, which will have Nvidia fairly ticked off. Having an SoC inside a Nexus device is crucial for growing market presence for a company like Nvidia.

There is no word yet on pricing, although we imagine it will match closely the £159 price of the original Nexus 7. The first gen tablet may also be discounted and remain on sale. We will be posting more on the new Nexus the moment we have new info.

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