Google to Launch Second Gen Tablet In July: A Disruptive Dollar Store Device Accessing The Cloud
April 03, 2013, 12:18:13 PM EDT
According to Reuters, Internet search giant Google Inc. ( GOOG ) announced the launch of its second-generation Nexus 7 tablet, which will be powered by Qualcomm Inc.'s ( QCOM ) Snapdragon processor. Google will start selling its flagship tablet from Jul 2013.
Google, in collaboration with Asustek launched its first tablet Nexus 7 last year. Powered by Android OS, Nexus 7 comes with a 7-inch display and an Nvidia ( NVDA ) Tegra 3 quad-core chip. Google sold 4.5-4.6 million units of the tablet in 2012.
The second-generation tablet will come with a better screen resolution and have a thinner design. Google decided to install Qualcomm's chip, replacing Nvidia Corp's Tegra 3. Tablets with fast processors offer improved performance and therefore enjoy steady demand. With a new processor for its second generation Nexus tablets, Google hopes to make inroads into the overcrowded tablet market.
Google is yet to disclose the price of its latest tablet but we are expecting it to be affordable. Google, like Amazon is not dependent on hardware sales. Both have a thriving Internet business that could be well supported by proprietary hardware. Recently, Google also launched a same-day delivery service that indicates increased interest in the fast-growing ecommerce market. Therefore, both these companies gain from very low-priced tablets that could create a large installed base for selling other services.