Google has selected ASUSTeK Computer to manufacture the second-generation Nexus 7 Android tablet, according to a source close to the situation. Google must be quite content with Asus’ first attempt at a Nexus-branded tablet to continue business with the Taiwan-based manufacturer. That’s not too surprising considering the first-generation Nexus tablet was often sold out during its first six months on the market. That being said, Google went with Samsung for the larger Nexus 10, so this news clarifies which tablet-maker would win the 2nd generation Nexus 7 sweepstakes.
The tipster claims the second iteration of the Nexus 7 will likely cost the same as the first – $199-249, depending on the storage configuration. Also, users can look forward to a 1080p Full HD (FHD) display and thinner bezel this time around, said the source. Although not specifically mentioned, we imagine the new model will be powered by Nvidia’s Tegra 4 quad-core processor as well.
It will be interesting to see what the product will be called by the time it’s announced, as the presence of the display size in the original model’s name presents a challenge for naming its successor. The folks in Google’s labs must be scratching their heads trying to decide between monikers like: Nexus 7 2nd Generation, Nexus 7 2, Nexus 7.0 2, Nexus 7 Two, Nexus 7 II, Nexus Seven 2, etc. Perhaps, Google could go with “New Nexus 7,” like Apple did with the “New iPad” last year. Hopefully more details leak soon.