New Google 7-inch tablet coming in July

New Google 7-inch tablet coming in July

As Google's first tablet, the ASUS-built Nexus-7, approaches its first birthday, further details of its upcoming replacement have been revealed. At the beginning of the year, a number of unnamed sources close to the supply chain suggested that the tablet would be using Qualcomm chips for increased performance and better battery life and that the screen resolution would increase. Three months later, more reliable news outlets, including Reuters, appear to corroborate these early leaks.

Therefore, the tablet, scheduled to go on sale in July but expected to be showcased at Google's I/O Conference on May 15, will receive a high-definition screen and a reduced bezel (like the iPad Mini) in order to make it easier to hold in one hand. The addition of a Qualcomm processor will also mean that the device will support 4G LTE internet connection. But perhaps the most interesting news is that Google is to offer the new tablet for $199 and is currently considering whether or not to continue offering its predecessor for a cut-price $149 as a means of consolidating its position in the Android tablet market.

Research and analytics firm IDC believes that 2013 will be Android's year in terms of tablet sales. It predicts that 190.9 million such devices will ship over the course of the year and is forecasting that by the end of 2013, Android tablets will account for 48.8% of the global market, knocking current leader Apple into second place with a 46% market share.


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