DigiTimes: AUO to make the screen for the next Nexus 7, will use LTPS technology

BY Stefan Constantinescu

Published 24 May 2013

Google didn’t announce Android 4.3 at I/O, but more importantly they didn’t announce a new Nexus 7. There are conspiracy theories as to why, but something tells me Google simply wants to be a little bit more like Apple. They want to hold a dedicated event for their new product, spend 90 minutes showing it off and explaining why it’s important, and then they end their talk with a price tag and the three most delicious words a company can say: “Starts shipping tomorrow.”

According to DigiTimes, Google has selected AUO to supply the panels for this new Nexus tablet. Said display will use LTPS (Low Temperature Poly-silicon) technology. What does LTPS do that’s notable? It lets hardware makers make smaller bezels, it’s more power efficient, and it saves space on the motherboard since a lot of the electronics are integrated into the screen itself.

Shipments of the new Nexus 7 will allegedly start at the end of the second quarter (end of June), and it should be on store shelves in early Q3 (beginning of July). Depending on who you believe, it’ll have a 1920 x 1200 pixel screen, Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro, and it’ll be ASUS branded.