The next generation Nexus 7 could be powered by SnapDragon
February 11th, 2013 - 05:53 am ET by C. D.
After the Nexus 7 tablet was released powered by Nvidia’s Tegra 3, it may not be the Tegra 4 which will power the next generation of the tablet, but rather a Qualcomm SnapDragon S4 Pro processor.
During a presentation in July 2012, the Nexus 7 tablet attracted users through its advanced characteristics at an attractive price, along with the Android 4.1 Jelly Bean operating system. For 199 dollars, a quad core processor powered the device, with Nvidia’s Tegra 3 installed.
Market watchers noted that, like Amazon’s Kindle Fire products (then the Kindle Fire HD), Asus didn’t take Qualcomm’s SnapDragon processor despite it being the dominant chip used in smartphones.
In the case of the Nexus 7, finalised in just a few months, a processor of reference was used with the Tegra 3 which was quickly adapted to Google’s needs. For the next generation of the Nexus 7 tablet, announced for release in May during the Google I/O developers conference, it may not be the Tegra 4 platform unveiled during the CES 2013 show in Las Vegas in January that will be used on the future device.
An analyst from Pacific Crest is instead suggesting that Google and Asus could be looking at a Qualcomm option with their SnapDragon S4 Pro platform as it provides a simplified manufacturing chain as the company also provides the application processor and modem.
There is also the price difference between the Tegra 4 and SnapDragon processors. There is another question being asked by market watchers: will the Tegra 4 platform be implemented in tablets as easily as the Tegra 3, with questions about availability for other market solutions being asked.
Qualcomm had difficulties in 2012 to produce sufficient quantities for their new 28 nm burned SoC’s, but it would appear that these difficulties have now passed with the company capable of delivering large volumes to attract new clients.