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Reader Question: What can we expect from the successor of the Nexus 7?


We’ve had plenty of mails coming in from our loyal readers and one of them is with regards to the most popular Android tablets out there – the Nexus 7. There is a good reason people ask us this question. Well for starters, no one really expected Google to be a major player in the tablet arena prior to the launch of the Nexus 7. We had seen tablets like the Motorola XOOM and the Samsung Galaxy Tab (7 and 10.1-inch variants) fail to leave any sort of mark on the tablet industry. And quite honestly, I feel the manufacturers just weren’t up to Apple’s standards when it came to launching competitive tablets. But with the arrival of the Nexus 7, the whole dynamics of that changed and we saw people finally bold enough to brace the ASUS made tablet with the promise of constant software support from Google, which is something absolutely essential in the Android world.

So with this background, it is quite necessary that Google follows on the same path with the successor. The main reason behind the success of the Google Nexus 7 was undoubtedly the price. Considering that users were being treated to a low cost tablet, one wouldn’t generally expect a state-of-the-art SoC and an HD display charming the specs sheet, no, not in this day and age. But Google certainly made it possible. So how exactly do we see Google making changes to the Nexus 7 with its successor?

Size and Display Resolution

As we have it today, the only hindrance that the Nexus 7 faces is with regards to its size. Since Apple has tested the waters in the sub 8-inch segment with the iPad Mini and has been fairly successful at it, I would expect Google to follow in the same direction. The display resolution, or other hardware aspects of the device is not a problem at all, but we should expect El Goog to make some inroads in that department too. Google would have analyzed the positives and the negatives of the Nexus 7 from experts and internally as well, which would go a long way in improving the upcoming breed of the budget tablets as we call them. So I would certainly vouch for a bigger Nexus tablet, with a slightly better resolution to keep the pixel density of the Nexus 7 intact.

More Powerful Processor

With the introduction of the new Tegra 4 chipset, we can see ASUS trying to fit that in and I’m sure NVIDIA will be more than happy to help them out. The possibility of the Snapdragon S4 Pro chip being used cannot be ruled out either. I’m sure the folks at Google will sort it out with ASUS or the next manufacturer and come to an informed decision about the hardware. The plasticky exterior of the Nexus 7 didn’t give it a premium feel, but that’s not what the Nexus 7 is supposed to do, and it will certainly not be a hindrance to potential buyers in the future. We would be pleased to see a rear camera on the next budget Nexus tablet though, as the current Nexus only sports a front facing camera. Bear in mind that not all will use the camera on a tablet, because in some cases it just doesn’t make sense. But it wouldn’t hurt to add a camera sensor on the back and even slightly increase the price. I’m fairly certain that a $250/300 Nexus tablet will sell as much as the $200/250 Nexus 7 did, because it’s still within the realms of the budget tablet category.

Google I/O 2013

The much awaited Google I/O is scheduled to begin on the 15th of May, which is a month earlier than the 2012 Google I/O was held, which means that Google might have something big under the wraps for us. There has been talk that the Nexus tablet will be unveiled during the event, which we do not rule out in the slightest. We will most certainly see the next version of Android break cover as well which will be exciting for the entire Android sphere, but a nightmare for new smartphones (Sony Xperia Z, the rumored HTC M7 and others). All in all, the stage is well set for Google to charm us all over again with the successor to the Nexus 7. So basically we would like a bigger display with better resolution and a faster CPU/GPU to keep in sync with the latest technology.

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