Google's Relationship with China Could Hurt Nexus 7 Sales

Paul Lilly

Second generation Nexus 7 shipments may be lower than expected

Google recently launched its second generation Nexus 7 tablet , once again tapping Asus to manufacturer the popular slate. This time around, the new model Nexus 7 comes with an upgraded 1920x1200 display, a faster SoC (1.5GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro processor), twice as much RAM (2GB), the addition of a rear-facing 5-megapixel camera, and a few other praise-worthy enhancements, but even so, shipments may not be as high as Google hoped.

According to Digitimes and its sources within Taiwan's supply chain, Google's rocky relationship with China is holding back the Nexus 7. Google's new tablet isn't welcome in China due to the search giant's decision to pull its search engine out of the country in 2012 after refusing to comply with China's Internet policies.

Having Asus on board isn't likely to help Google's case. Ironically enough, the 7-inch MeMO Pad HD 7 built and sold by Asus is the top selling tablet in China right now. That's of no help to Google, of course, which may only ship 3.5 million second generation Nexus 7 tablets by the end of the year.

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