Here comes Google's next-gen Nexus 7, says IHS

Been waiting for the second-generation Nexus 7? The wait shouldn't be much longer, says a market research firm.

The next-gen Nexus 7 should be here soon. Likely in the third quarter sometime, said IHS.

Google may get its second-generation small tablet into consumers' hands before Apple does.

Market researcher IHS told CNET that Japan Display Inc. and AUO are expected to make the display for the next-gen Nexus 7, while Quanta will make the tablet itself.

"As far as I know, JDI and AUO didn't start to supply this panel to Quanta yet. However, they are saying it will start from June and July," Ricky Park, who heads research for TV, Tablet, Monitor and Notebooks display at IHS, told CNET. He is based in South Korea.

The "launch...of the Nexus 7 II" is "not far" in the future, he added.

The first-generation Nexus 7 was announced in July of last year. So, a July launch wouldn't be surprising.

The next Nexus 7 is expected to sport a 1,920 x1,200 display (see chart at bottom). The first-gen Nexus 7 has a 1,280x800 screen, with a pixel density of 216 pixels per inch. The new display would up this to 323 pixels per inch.

And a device that could be an upcoming Nexus 7 has shown up at the FCC sporting a Qualcomm chip (capable of packing 4 processor cores), front and rear cameras, a 4,000 mAh Li-ion battery, and LTE radios.

Digitimes said Thursday that the upcoming Nexus 7 tablets should be available in retail by July. A 16GB version is expected to be priced at US$229, the Taipei technology site claimed.

The second-generation iPad Mini could arrive late in the third quarter but recently a number of analysts claim the Mini may be delayed until the fourth quarter.

Display production forecast for the second-generation Nexus 7.
Display production forecast for the second-generation Nexus 7. IHS