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It looks like NVIDIA’s Tegra 4 won’t be making an appearance in the next-generation Nexus 7. At least, according to ZD Net who are citing Pacific Crest analyst Michael McConnell. So why the change from NVIDIA to Qualcomm? Well, although Tegra 4 is quite powerful, it doesn’t have an integrated 3G/4G modem. Instead there’s a separate modem which will ultimately bump up the cost slightly.

Qualcomm’s Snapdragon S4 Pro (APQ8064), however, has its 3G/4G modem built right into the chip — making it the more attractive choice for Google. The S4 Pro can also hold its own in terms of raw power in comparison to Tegra 4 which boasts high levels of performance.

The next-gen Nexus 7 is expected to start shipping the second quarter of 2013. We can reasonably expect an announcement/teaser at Google IO in May, and then perhaps a 4G Nexus 7 soon after that.

Source(s): ZD Net
Via: TechnoBuffalo.
  • http://twitter.com/gfieldew geoff fieldew

    1920×1200 res please Google! Maybe we could get the display calibrated too?

  • Harpersneil

    A Nexus 7 with the Snapdragon Pro would be amazing!! Would definitely fancy one of these, but I couldn’t care less for it having a any 3G/4G hardware in it; that’s what tethering is for!