Google to Release Updated Nexus 7 Prior to Apple's Next-Gen iPad Mini Release
Google may beat Apple to the high-resolution 7-inch form factor tablet market with a revamped Nexus 7 in the second quarter of 2013 according to NPD DisplaySearch. Google’s high-res tablet is expected to release just before the launch of a Retina display-toting next-generation iPad mini, which is said to be released in either the third or fourth quarter of 2013.
According to CNET
, the supply chain checks point to a possible third quarter production for the so called “iPad mini 2” which is rumored to come packed with a Retina display. The estimate seems to be in line with a previous report from KGI analyst, Ming-Chi Kuo, who said that he expects a Retina version of Apple’s small format iPad to be introduced in the middle of the third quarter.
As far as the specs go, DisplaySearch analyst, Paul Semenza believes the mini’s display should boast a resolution of 2,048 by 1,536 pixels, which he said is “the typical step up when you go to Retina.” If Apple stays with a 7.9-inch screen, the pixel density would reach 324 pixels per inch which is almost identical to the 326 ppi panel used in the iPhone 5. By comparison, the current iPad mini employs a 1,024 by 768 display with a pixel density of 163 ppi.
To compete with Apple, Google is thought to be readying a follow up to its Nexus 7. The updated tablet will supposedly up screen resolution to 1,920 by 1,200 pixels, which is in line with Apple’s Retina-level panels at a pixel density of 323 ppi. Ultimately, we’ll just have to wait and see what happens and how each device will turn out.
Source: NPD DisplaySearch