So here’s an unfortunate twist for NVIDIA. Google is speculated to be working with Qualcomm for its next-gen Nexus 7. Google will still be using ASUS to manufacture the device however.
Michael McConnell, a Pacific Crest analyst, said that the new Nexus 7 tablet will be utilizing a quad-core Snapdragon S4 Pro.
“Supply chain conversations indicate two reasons for Google’s selection of the Snapdragon APQ8064 over Tegra 4: competitive pricing, and a decision to single-source the application processor and 3G/4G modem to simplify logistics and create a fully pin-compatible platform interface.”
If this is true, it looks like those rumors are true that NVIDIA is having a difficult time lining up buyers for its new Tegra 4 processor.
However, one thing that confuses me is why would Google use an aging processor like the Snapdragon S4 Pro? Especially since the next-gen Nexus 10 is reportedly going to use a quad-core Exynos processor with an 8-core Mali T678 GPU. But I guess the competitive pricing for the S4 Pro does play a huge role in this, seeing as Google will want to keep its Nexus 7 budget-friendly.
The new Nexus 7 should be unveiled at the Google I/O conference in May. What are your thoughts on Google choosing Qualcomm over NVIDIA?