Nexus 10? Google and Samsung reportedly making high-end tablet


October 8, 2012

Perhaps Google will call it the Nexus 10? (rendered image)

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The tablet market has been clearly split. There is the high-end, dominated from inception by the iPad. Then there's the evolving low-end, which has been led by the Kindle Fire, but is also party to offerings from Google (Nexus 7), Samsung (Galaxy Tab 7) and Barnes & Noble (Nook HD). As Apple prepares to enter the low-end with the iPad Mini, Google may now be looking to take on the iPad.

According to CNET, NPD DisplaySearch analyst Richard Shin has the lowdown on the tablet. Shin says the slate would carry the Nexus branding, and would be yet another collaboration between the search giant and Samsung (after the Nexus S and Galaxy Nexus).


The 299 ppi would be new ground for tablets (peacock feather: Shutterstock)

The device's killer feature would be its display: its 10.1-inch, 2560 x 1600 screen would be sharper than anything on the market, with its 299 pixels per inch (PPI) easily topping the 264 ppi in the 3rd gen. iPad. You can argue that, at a certain point, raising pixel density is overkill – but you may want to see the display before jumping to that conclusion.

Shin says that this will be a high-end tablet, with a price to match. Aiming squarely at Apple, Google and Samsung would be foolish to overprice it; US$500 or less for the base model sounds reasonable. With the iPad having no proven challengers at the high end of the market, the companies know that they need to dazzle. The potential success of Microsoft's Surface and other Windows 8 tablets only adds to the task before them.

No word yet on a release date (assuming Shin's sources are sound and the tablet exists), but it sounds like 2013 would be a safe bet.

What do you think: would a Nexus 10 be a true challenger to the iPad? Or would it go the way of the fallen XOOMs and Galaxy Tabs that came before it? Let us know your thoughts in the comments.

Source: CNET

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The hyper retina display won't be the dealbreaker as I had a 2nd gen iPad (non-retina display) and the display didn't bother me. I care much more about getting productivity out of the unit - such as the myriad of useful apps in iTunes Store. However, I have played around with the Android tablets and they do look impressive, especially the Nexus7. I'll reconsider switching to an Android tablet once this Nexus10 comes out.

Sambath Pech

Come on google, wtf???? Just make nexus 7 with 3g. With this and couple other improvements would make nexus 7 a dream device.


Bout time..

Michael Mantion

I am commited to never contribute a dollar to Apple's billions. A true Ipad competitor? I've been waiting........


The best point is that it would come with a newer version of Android. Now that is where the fate of this tablet will lie. iPad, Surface and Nexus all have somewhat similar specs, but the OS must stand out. I pray that they fit it with a Wayne chip.

Vikas Vimal

Absolutely! An equally spec'd. tablet to the iPad with all the 'normal' slots and functionality - like USB, memory card and an open OS will win my money and put my iPad on Ebay.

Airsoft-World Scotland

It will really be eye opener for apple. I just wish it has a quad core 2 Ghz processor and 2 Gb Ram and most important of all, a battery to last it for 12 hours of usage. I bet Ipad will be nowhere to be seen specially in asia and europe.

Ahmad Saeed

I want never to buy an Apple product. I welcome all competitors

Muhammad Kamran Arain

iOS is in dire need of a facelift, but Android just keeps getting better and better. It seems the Android devs have hit their stride with ICS as Jelly Bean is quite fantastic IMO. I would definitely be interested in a Nexus 10 tablet. I think a lot of people have been waiting for a meticulously crafted Android tablet that matches or beats the iPad in every category.

There are certainly Samsung 10" tablets, but they seem rushed. The Asus Transformer Prime is probably the best 10" Android tablet at this point.

It's hard to say if I would buy a Nexus 10 as I need to see what Microsoft's offering will be like.


I have no idea about the device, but I will lend my support to 'Australian' and 'Muhammad Kamran Arain' in having no desire to own Apple products. Why? I just do not like their ethics.

Mel Tisdale

I own 2 apple computers and like them both. But the iphone is another matter. I won't list my complaints here as it would read like a script for film-noir. I prefer my Samsung Galaxy III over anything Apple has made in that dept. by a long shot. In fact, I owned MS based smart phones for years and years before the iphone-3 that eclipsed it in functionality and ease of use. Hell that was even crippled by Apple so that the video camera would not work for anything other than stills.

If this tablet does a few basic things I need, I could leave my laptop at home and not have to lug it back and forth to work all the time. This would be well worth the $500.00 alone. I would save that in chiropractor fees. Just make sure it has a good camera, lots of memory and that I can use dropbox on it and I'll get one on release day.


Smart phones are bad computers. Pads are OK computers - not quite laptop powerful, but getting better - but aside from things like Skype, not any good as phones.

I'm waiting for the convergence when one device does everything well. Waiting, waiting...


Nice looking product. What I would like to see is a 10 or 12 inch tablet made with just enough stuff to make it useful AND inexpensive.

That way we can make them by the millions and replace all the textbooks in kids schools. I know I HATED carrying 50 pounds of textbooks around.

10 inch display 3g and wifi decent res ( HD is not needed but would be nice bluetooth for adding a real keyboard BATTERY LIFE


Perfect format for glasses free 3D! that could be revolutionary


Only if it's sporting The 1.7 GHz Tegra 3 SOC. Qualcom may be faster and A15, but it's not optimized for gaming. NVDIA Rocks!


I find it curious to call the Kindle Fire a leader in the Android tablet market. It's actually a fairly late arrival, the Nook was on the market years earlier. And the Nexus 7 is a much better choice as the current standard bearer.

Jon A.

It seems to me that IOS and Android have pretty much evolved close to their max potential. Convergence will require features that are the starting point for WIN8 and processors like the Intel Haswell. As of next year computing will move to new levels of performance. With true electronic assistants we wiill be able to make our dreams a reality.

Jose Munoz-Nieves

All the tablet needs is bluetooth and a phone app. Then you really can have a single device to lug around. Good processor, memory and external storage? This could be the answer

Nick Hill

I'm tired of these half built Android and I-Devices. The reason why a windows 7 tablet is the best thing on the market at the moment would be that it is the ONLY device to offer up full system functionality and doesn't treat the average consumer as if they are too stupid to handle using such an operating system.

Windows 8 sadly is heading towards this childish and subdued operating system trend which is truly sad.

Please, Please please, release an android device that has dedicated graphics, and a real processor, none of this Tegra BS. Something that can handle hard core video editing and 3d graphics work.

Something that can handle a pressure sensitive stylus... and that allows for face value file managing.. not hidden behind walls of "moron" protection.

Release a tablet like that and then you can start throwing around terms like.. High End Tablet... anything short of this.. a nice flashy screen with nothing to back it up.. is just a joke and an insult.

All this being said, I think it's quite clear that the public are sick of Apple's I-Crap and are hungry for some real developers to come onto the scene.

Murray Smart

Crap, I just got my Nexus 7 a couple of days ago.

Randy Hamblin

Apple and iOS are awesome. I develop apps, and had to buy me a galaxy note . OMG - Android is light-years ahead of iOS!

The world evolves, but iOS does not. Android is so far into the next generation that Apple's never going to be able to catch up: their whole paradigm just doesn't work like Android does.

Android converts iOS geeks. You don't get a better sell that that!


What killed the xoom was the OS. Android OS is too heavy for tablets. I have a xoom, and HTC 7 inch tablet and an ipad; I have to admit that ipad is better in term of tablet because ios requires less power to run. In addition the 9.7 inch screen is better in term of size than the xoom screen size. The HTC tablet has same default but what save it, is its sense interface. Sense environment is the kind of environment which can help to beat apple. Native android environment is not adapted for mass consumer. I also have HTC mobile phone after having used iphone. There again, android is better than ios thanks to the sense interface. In conclusion, if google wants to challenge ipad, it has to make lighter android OS and develop a real nice interface close to sense interface. I am sure that having only these 2 points corrected, the days of ipad would be counted. Just for free, I compared iphone 5 to htc one S (my mobile phone) and I can say without any doubt that apple did not respect its customers at all. In all points, iphone is far away behind htc one s which was free to buy 6 months ago. In term of design, iphone is very ugly compare to the smooth curves of the htc; IOS interface is very poor compare to sense. vocal commands are almost same for apple and android (i usually never use such gadget because there is enough noise in the city), screen is comfortable to work with for both devices. Autonomy is quite enough for both. applications are in enough number for both. Imap is ugly compare to gmap. I first thought that apple did a joke with iphone 5; but now I am wondering if they really want to continue in mobile phone market. (T_T)


I think it will be badly beat by Win 8 devices

Those Win 8 devices just need to be priced right !

Atul Malhotra
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