It's safe to say the Google Nexus 7 has been the most successful Android tablet to date – though admittedly that isn't actually saying much in many cases.
Anyway, the point is it's no surprise to see Reuters reporting that a successor is being lined up to launch in July, again made by Asus and offering a higher screen resolution and a switch to a Snapdragon processor in place of Nvidia's Tegra 3.
Reuters says its twin sources claim Google is looking to ship six to eight million of the new slates in the second half of the year, which seems surprisingly conservative considering Asus was talking about selling a million a month a while back.
Then again, maybe that's a sign that the second-generation Nexus 7 will be simply refreshing its credentials rather than providing an even more compelling proposition against the likes of the Amazon Kindle Fire HD and Apple iPad mini.
The switch to Qualcomm's Snapdragon processors is apparently motivated by power consumption reasons, we're told. Aside from that and the promise of a higher display resolution than the current model's 1,024 x 600, we're also informed the new Nexus 7 will feature a thinner bezel design. No surprise there.
As for pricing, there's nothing concrete to report – Reuters' sources say Google's plans are “fluid” at this stage and will only be decided once it sees what its rivals are up to closer to the time.
One option mentioned is that the new model will be introduced at the current Nexus 7's price and the existing model discounted, which is effectively what Google did when introducing higher storage capacities late last year.