According to Pacific Crest’s analyst Michael McConnel, Google will use Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro chipset for the next generation of Nexus 7, rather than a NVIDIA-made chipset. McConnel explains:
“We believe NVIDIA has lost the application processor socket to QUALCOMM’s Snapdragon APQ8064 chipset (S4 Pro) in the next-generation Google Nexus 7 tablet, which is scheduled to begin shipment in Q2 2013”.
“Supply chain conversations indicate two reasons for Google’s selection of the Snapdragon APQ8064 over Tegra 4: (1) competitive pricing and (2) a decision to single-source the application processor and 3G/4G modem to simplify logistics and create a fully pin-compatible platform interface,” McConnel adds.
So, the main reasons Google went for this move are the more affordable price of the Snapdragon chips over the Tegra boards, and because the chosen SoC comes bundled with 3G/4G modem, so Google doesn’t have to worry about that. In fact, the second reason goes deeper, as the manufacturer wouldn’t have to pay for additional modems it otherwise would have to, reducing the manufacturing costs even further. We bet there are more than the two listed reasons why Google opted for the Qualcomm chip, but that totals our current information on the story.
We are eager to see the next Nexus 7 tablet. The announcement will probably take place at Google I/O 2013, like it was the case with the current tablet. As always, we will be here to let you know about it.