Asustek's new Nexus 7 tablet to come in July: report

07/02/2013 01:20 PM
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Taipei, July 2 (CNA) Taiwan-based Asustek Computer Inc. is expected to unveil its second-generation Nexus 7 tablet computer by the end of this month following the success of the 7-inch model, a tech news website reported Monday.

The new version of the Nexus 7, a tablet co-branded with Google Inc., will be equipped with a 7-inch display with a resolution of 1980 x 1200 pixels, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 quad-core processor and 32-gigabyte internal storage, website NDTV Gadgets reported.

The device will also feature Google's Android 4.3 operating system, near field communication (NFC) technology and high-speed LTE connectivity, the report said, citing posts by an Asustek support representative on Google's social networking site.

Asustek and Google declined to comment on the report.

The two companies unveiled the Nexus 7, the world's first 7-inch quad-core tablet, in June 2012 to break into the less expensive Android tablet market.

The 8GB model is priced in the United States at US$199 and the 16GB version is available for US$249.

The device was named "Best Mobile Tablet" at the Mobile World Congress tech fair in Spain in February this year, beating other nominees such as the Apple iPad mini, Amazon Kindle Fire HD 8.9, Asustek Transformer Infinity, and Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1.

According to a May 1 report by tech-tracking firm IDC, Asustek was ranked the third-largest tablet computer vendor globally in the first quarter of 2013, its highest ranking over the past year.

IDC said Asustek held a 5.5 percent market share during the quarter by shipping 2.7 million tablets, more than quadruple the number shipped in the year-earlier period, helped by steady demand for the heavily marketed Nexus 7 device.

Asustek has set its annual tablet shipment target at 12 million units for 2013, up 90 percent from 6.3 million units a year earlier.

(By Jeffrey Wu)ENDITEM/ls

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