Next iteration of Google Nexus 7 tablet to ship 8m units

The successor of the Google Nexus 7 tablet is likely to ship in May (or shortly after) according to sources from the upstream supply chain in Taiwan and China and reported by Aaron Lee and Joseph Tsai from Digitimes.

The two journalist claim that sources told them 1m Google Nexus 7 gen2 tablets will be shipped in May and another 7m by the end of the year, bringing the total to 8m units.

The follow-up to the wildly popular Nexus 7 is expected to be announced at Google’s forthcoming I/O developer forum in San Francisco, a two-day event that will start on 15 May.

The device is expected to come with the same 7in 1,280 x 800 pixel display from the Nexus 7 coupled with a Qualcomm processor, possibly a quad-core Cortex-A5 model like the MSM8225Q, 3G connectivity and a price tag between $149 and $199, which would translate into £149 and £199 (for 16GB and 32GB models).

The replacement of the Nexus 7 will face some stiff competition from a number of rivals, starting with the Google Nexus 7 itself.

Then there’s the Asus Fonepad which comes with a single core processor but offers a microSD card slot and 3G/voice connectivity for just £180. Check out our review of the Google Nexus 7 tablet.