As per a report published in Digitimes, Asus is now highly inclined to use Qualcomm Snapdragon processor instead of Nvidia Tegra 3 to its next generation Nexus 7 tablet. The first generation existing Nexus 7 is powered by Nvidia Tegra 3 processor.

Qualcomm Snapdragon's New Chip

Qualcomm Snapdragon’s New Chip

However at the moment, it’s not clear which variant of the Snapdragon is going to be used in the device, But it’s highly expected that it would be Snapdragon S4 Pro processor in the device. It is also reported that, priced at $249, 2nd generation Nexus 7 will be launched in May this year, just before the Google I/O 2013. The tablet is said to have 7-8-inch display.

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In the related post, Digitimes also expects that, because of the Asus this move, Nvidia will lose almost eight million processor shipments in 2013. Nvidia shipped over 10 million Tegra 3s for tablets in 2012 with six million units supplied to Google for the first-generation Nexus 7. So it would be a high blow for Nvidia.

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Apart from 2nd generation Nexus 7, Asus is also working on a phablet that will be powered by latest Intel Clover Trail+ processor. The phablet is expected to be launched with 5.5-inch display and Android Jelly Bean, in June this year.