Google could release a new Nexus 7 tablet as early as July, and could ship as many as 8 million of the tablets in the second half of the year, according to a report by Reuters.
The report says the new Nexus 7 tablets could be priced as low as $149, while the previous version would be discontinued. Another pricing scenario outlined in the report has the new device priced at $199, while the first generation of the device receives a discount.
Should the new Nexus 7 come out priced at $149, it will throw Google even deeper into the low-cost tablet market and could become serious competition for Amazon’s low-priced Kindle Fire and Apple’s lower-spec but higher-priced iPad Mini.
According to the report, the new 7-inch Nexus 7 tablet will be powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon processor, replacing Nvidia’s Tegra 3, which was used in the tablet’s previous model. It will also be made by Asus, which worked with Google on the original Nexus 7 tablet. The new model is also expected to have a higher screen resolution and a thinner design. It will likely also run Google\’s newest version of Android, codenamed Key Lime Pie, which is expected to debut in May at Google IO, its developer conference.