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Nexus 7 sequel looks set for July, Quanta expected as manufacturing partner

A next-generation version of Google's popular Nexus 7 tablet could launch in the very near future, with Quanta chosen as the manufacturing partner.

Google is currently silent on when it plans to update its Nexus tablets and smartphones, to avoid harming sales of current-generation models, but industry analyst Ricky Park of IHS has told CNET that the company has signed deals with Japan Display and AUO to produce screens for a replacement Nexus 7, with the device itself being built by original design manufacturer (ODM) Quanta. This would mark a shift from Asus, which produces the current Nexus 7.

Google's Nexus series has proved popular with customers for their low price, high specifications and an unmodified Android operating system which allows the handsets to upgrade to the latest version as soon as Google releases it. This is in contrast with companies like HTC, Sony and Samsung, which add customisations on top of the software, delaying updates. With the Nexus 7 almost a year old, however, it's starting to look dated compared to its rivals, meaning it's due for a refresh.

Park told CNET that he expects display manufacturers to start supplying the parts to Quanta later this month or early July, which matches previous rumours. This could mean Google plans to announce the tablet within the next few weeks, with a view to getting it on the market by the third quarter. Details leaked by supply chain sources suggest that the tablet will use a 1,920x1,200 display, which would provide a boost in display density from 216 pixels per inch to 323 pixels per inch compared to the original Nexus 7. Specification details have yet to be confirmed, but the high resolution screen will likely come alongside improved performance.

Neither Google nor Quanta have publicly commented on the rumours surrounding their partnership, but those in the market for a Nexus tablet may want to wait until next month just in case the rumours prove true.

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