Google set to kill off Nexus 7

Word on the superinformation strasse is that Google may be discontinuing the Nexus 7 tablet line this year, in favour of a new 8-inch Nexus 8 tablet.

It looks like the world is fed up with seven-inch tablets and wants something a little larger. The Nexus 8 will be launched alongside Android 4.5 at some point this summer, sources suggest.

The Nexus 8 and its launch are far from being confirmed by Google, but an outfit called AndroidPit thinks that that the summer launch may have something to do with Intel’s release plans for a new mobile processor.

In other words, Google and Intel may collaborate on this Nexus device.

In which case you are talking about the 64-bit quad-core Atom “Moorefield” processor which was “expected to be available in the second half of the year”.

The Moorfield processors may go up to 2.3GHz, and would feature “an enhanced GPU and support for faster memory,” as well as support for Intel’s own 2014 LTE platform that would be able to deliver LTE-Advanced data speeds. The word on the strasse is should.

The Nexus 8 may ship with a PowerVR G6430 GPU if indeed the Moorefield chip will be chosen for the tablet. The PowerVR Series 6 card is apparently 20 times faster than Series 5 models and five times more efficient.

However it is odd that when Chipzilla made announcements about who was going to be using the new chip it failed to mention Google. Instead it talked about “multiyear agreements with Lenovo, Asus, Dell and Foxconn,” to “to expand the availability of tablets and smartphones with Intel Atom processors and communication platforms.”

However, Asus made the first two Nexus 7 tablets and HTC has been named as a potential maker of a high-end Nexus tablet this year, so maybe the deal was in the fine print.