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What the new Nexus 7 tablet tells us about the followups to the Nexus 4 & Nexus 10 devices

The launch of the new Nexus 7 last week shed some light on what the next big announcement for Google, the successors of the Nexus 10 and the Nexus 4, might bring to the table.

It’s worth noting that for the new Nexus 7, Google is not only sticking to the name of the product like Apple (without any suffixes) but also the company is handling everything that’s PR sensitive (including review samples), despite the tablet being manufactured by Asus. Expect the same to happen again for LG and Samsung, which are both likely to be recalled to manufacture the Nexus 4 and the Nexus 10 respectively.

The new Nexus 7 has a higher starting price (although to be honest, the new 16GB version costs the same as the old one). We can expect the same to happen to the Nexus 4 and the Nexus 10 with the 8GB and 16GB versions for both being canned altogether with the new entry-level prices starting at £279 and £389.

Another likely change will be the system-on-chip. As mentioned before, the new Nexus 7 uses the Qualcomm APQ8064, the same as the Nexus 4. We can expect Qualcomm to win the day again, not only because its new SoC are at least as powerful and power-efficient as the competition, but also because it provides with a compelling connectivity solution. Our money is on the Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 for the new Nexus 4 and the new Nexus 10, possibly at 2.2GHz and 2.5GHz.

As for the Nexus 7, we expect both devices to feature higher resolutions as well. Full HD for the Nexus 4, to bring it on par with the competition (Sony Xperia Z, HTC One, Samsung Galaxy S4), and a whopping 3,200 x 1,800 pixels for the new Nexus 10, to allow it to catch up with the Samsung ATIV Q and surpassing the pixel density of the new Nexus 7.

But don’t expect to see a microSD card slot anytime soon in either of these devices.

Désiré Athow

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.