The popular Nexus 7 tablet will be followed up with a new model running a Qualcomm Snapdragon processor, two sources told Reuters. Asus made the Nexus 7 and will be manufacturing the successor too. See also: Google Nexus 5 release date.
The unnamed source said that Google plans to ship 8 million of the tablets in the second half of the year. There's no pricing information yet but the tablet will take on the Amazon Kindle Fire HD and Apple iPad mini at the cheaper end of the market.
Google currently sells the Nexus 7 for just £159 and you can bet the new device will be cheap too. The internet giant gets almost all of its revenue from advertising so the idea is to get Google devices into consumers' hands.
The source suggested the new tablet would sell for the same price with the old model getting a price cut, or alternatively an even lower price point than the existing one with the Nexus 7 getting discontinued.
As well as the Snapdragon, a change from the nVidia Tegra 3 used in the Nexus 7, the new model will feature a higher resolution screen and a thinner bezel.
Google is expected to announce a new version of Android, 5.0 Key Lime Pie, at its Google I/O conference in May but the firm's new tablet will be launched in July. The Nexus 7 launched Android 4.1 Jelly Bean in June last year.