Google is to release an update to its Nexus 7 tablet in July, according to rumours. Powered by a Qualcomm chip, the new tablet will be similarly priced to the current affordable version.

A couple of sources told Reuters the tablet was inbound, which suggests it is more fact than rumour. Google's plan is to tackle the affordable tablet market in a big way with the new release. It hopes to sell up to 8 million Asus-built slates, stealing market share from the iPad mini and Kindle Fire.

Specification rumours include a higher-resolution screen, thinner design and a Qualcomm chip. The last detail is a big change, as traditionally Asus devices have used Nvidia's Tegra system. The Nexus 7 on sale now, for example, uses a Tegra 3 chip.

The decision to go with Qualcomm is allegedly connected to power consumption, which will have Nvidia fairly ticked off. Having its chip inside a Nexus device is crucial for growing market presence for a company like Nvidia.

There is no word yet on pricing, although we imagine it will match closely the £159 price of the original Nexus 7. The first

There's no word yet on pricing, although we imagine it will match closely the £159 price of the original Nexus 7. The first-gen tablet may also be discounted and remain on sale. We'll post more on the new Nexus the moment we have any info.

Hunter Skipworth

The baby of the Lint team, Hunter has been a tech fan since he bought his first MiniDisc..and what a waste of money that was. He began writing about electronics at the age of 16 and hasn't stopped since. Nowadays he fulfils his mobile phone and gaming obsession whilst attempting to distract people from his bizarre name. Regular meetings with the Gladiators crew see Hunter often returning to work battered and bruised. Considers himself a music obsessive, was once the most highly decorated scout in the country. Fan of trousers.

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