The Nexus 10 follow up, likely to be known as the Nexus 10 (2014) has become the focus of a lot of speculation this month. I guess with updates to the Nexus phone and Nexus 7 last year, it makes sense that a new 10″ tablet will be next on the list.
Although I’ve only ever owned a 7″ tablet to date, I’ve always had my eye on a 10″ model but the Samsung made first generation Nexus 10 failed to capture my imagination – it never seemed to be the iPad killer that Google hoped for.
There are a number of reasons why the speculation has kicked off. It was noted that the current Nexus 10 has been withdrawn from the Play store, however I think the US based sites have neglected to check around the international outlets as it is still listed on the UK site.
The rumour mongers have also pointed towards a drop in Nexus 7 price seen in some US retailers, but again there has been no consistent drop and even if there had I don’t see why this would indicate a Nexus 10 update?
The other favourite speculation point for potential release is coinciding with one of the big trade shows. Well we’ve just had CES 2014 so it’s not going to be part of that! Personally I think the Google I/O event (typically in May) is a better bet for an announcement.
My guess for a Nexus 10 (2014) release? I think we’ll be waiting ’til summer at least.
The last 10″ model was of course put together by Samsung, but as we know it hasn’t really captured the imagination of users in the same way as the Nexus 7. In fact I don’t think I’ve ever bumped into an owner of a Nexus 10 on my daily travels (with iPads and Nexus 7’s being a fairly common sight on the London commute routes).
The 7″ model has been very successfully put together by ASUS and I’m a big fan of the second generation Nexus 7, a 10″ version of this would be fantastic!
However, there is a third contender: LG. The Korean electronics giant has had two very successful tie ups with Google to date; the Nexus 4 and the follow up Nexus 5 have both been a hit with consumers and critics alike.
It wouldn’t surprise me at all if the next Nexus tablet was built by LG.
The first round of rumours seemed to suggest a Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 based tablet, with new leaked benchmarks now promoting Nvidia’s Tegra 4 quad-core processor. However, as always, the sources of these leaks are never clear and therefore not that interesting.
A specification sheet for the “new Nexus 10″ was supposedly leaked from the Google Play store in an accidental exposure of new pages. However this widely circulated screen shot has now been declared a hoax and little weight is being given to the entirely predictable set of specifications that were listed.
At this time, I think the only thing we can be certain of is that a new Nexus 10 would have a 10” screen. That’s about as far as I’d want to speculate!
I really hope that we do see an update this year but the rumours circulating right now seem so vague that I don’t thing there is anything worth clinging onto right now.
My wish list wants to see the best possible screen, a thin, light weight design and an ultra competitive price. I’m not too bothered after that assuming we’re on a modern chipset.