Nexus 10 Tablet Release Date, Features: Google, Samsung Form Partnership; All Out Tablet Retail War This Holiday Shopping Season
While rumors swirled around the Internet last week that Google could release a 32GB version of its Nexus 7 tablet as early as Oct. 24, sources today are suggesting that device isn't the only ace the tech company has up its sleeve. A Google Nexus 10-inch tablet is currently in the works, according to CNET.
Google Nexus 10 Features
Google's tablet will sport a 10.1-inch screen, with a pixel density that is higher than Apple's iPad 3, said Richard Shim, an analyst at NPD DisplaySearch.
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The display will be 2,560x1,600 and will have a PPI of about 299, Shim added. Looks like Google made it a point to best the iPad's 264 PPI on Apple's 9.7-inch 2,048x1,536 Retina display.
"It's going to be a high-end device," said Shim. A stark contrast to Google's other rumored, lower-end tablet, the $199 Nexus 7, and upcoming $99 tablet.
Partnership with Samsung
While the Nexus 10's features certainly impress, perhaps the most intriguing part of all of this is Google's partnership with South Korean tech giant Samsung. Google will partner with Samsung for the tablet, and co-brand the Nexus 10 with the company, as well, according to Shim.
Google's is also partnered right now with Asus for its hugely popular Nexus 7 tablet.
If the report is to be believed, a co-branded tablet from Samsung and Google would flesh out the company's already beneficial relationship, the companies already co-branded the Galaxy Nexus Samsung smartphone together.
Shim described his information about the 10.1-inch Nexus tablet as "supply chain indications," which typically indicates a high likelihood that the product will come to fruition, according to Shim.
Shim also confirmed that Google will start production on a $99 tablet in December.
Google and Samsung have yet to comment on the partnership, price, or features of the Nexus 10.
News of Google and Samsung's new tablet, as well as Google's new $99 tablet, seems to ensure an all out tablet retail war come the holiday shopping season.
The Wall Street Journal reports that Apple is in the process of building 10 million iPad Minis, which many sources, including Fortune, are speculating the company will release on Nov. 2. Japanese Apple blog Macatakara, similarly claims that production of the iPad mini is well underway in Brazil, according to "reliable sources" it spoke to.
A major Apple investor, who in turn cites "multiple sources," has claimed that Apple will be sending out invites to a special event on October 10. The event, to be held a week later on October 17, will serve as the public unveiling of the iPad mini.
Microsoft is also widely expected to release is new Surface line of tablets with Windows 8 on Oct. 26 at Midnight.
An unnamed source told Droid-Life that resellers are expecting to receive shipments of the 32GB Nexus 7 "sometime around" Oct. 24, although the source said no official date has been confirmed. Droid-Life found that resellers are initially planning to sell the 32GB tablet for $259.92, although the site cautions that this price is just an estimate and is not related to what Google will actually charge for the device when it launches. Previously Google had only sold the Nexus 7 in 8GB and 16GB models.
32GB Google Nexus 7 Specs
Type - 7 in, IPS TFT active matrix - LED backlight
Display Resolution - 1280 x 800 ( 216 ppi )
Features - Scratch-resistant surface, Corning Gorilla glass
Android 4.1 Jelly Bean
NVidia Tegra 3, Quad-Core
Flash Memory- 8 GB
RAM - 1 GB
NFC, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi
Front-facing Camera - 1.2 Megapixel
Expansion and Connectivity:
Interfaces - 1 x Micro-USB
Capacity - 4325 mAh
Run Time - 10 hour(s)
Sensors - Gyro sensor, Accelerometer, Magnetometer
Dimensions & Weight:
Width 7.8 in, Depth 10.45 mm, Height 0.4 in, Weight 0.7 lbs