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Rumor: Google Nexus 10 Shipping in First Half 2013

By - Source: CNET | B 8 comments

Google and Samsung will probably wait until the iPad 4 shows its face in 1H13 before launching a 10-inch Google Experience (Nexus 10) tablet.

A new report from CNET suggests that Google's rumored 10.1-inch Nexus tablet (AKA Nexus 10) will ship in the first half of 2013. Even more, Google's supposed partnership with Samsung on the device should yield "cutting-edge component tech" other than cramming 2,560 x 1,600 pixels into a 10.1-inch display.

This should be a no-brainer. Samsung's involvement on a Google Experience device was first mentioned when Google moved to acquire Motorola Mobility earlier this year. There were fears that the newly-acquired smartphone/tablet manufacturer would get priority over Google's Android partners. To calm those fears, Google reportedly said it would grant access to the latest build of Android to five key players, two of which were Asus and Samsung.

Immediately there were reports that these two manufacturers would create Google Experience tablets first before cranking out devices of their own using Android 4.1 "Jelly Bean". Reports of the 7-inch Asus tablet arrived first, thus pointing to the Nexus 7 tablet now available on the market. Samsung's tablet would be larger, possibly landing on store shelves this holiday season. So far the reports seem to be on track save for the Samsung release date.

Launching a 10-inch Google Experience tablet in the first half of 2013 only makes sense. Why? Because of the iPad 4 that will likely be announced by Apple in January and released to retail in April. Launching a 10-inch Google Experience tablet in that window would be a strategic move to topple Apple's dominance of the market., and probably has nothing to do with components or design issues.

Still, Apple has outdone itself with each successive iPad launch, and so far we haven't heard much about the guts of its latest hardware set. And as CNET points out, Samsung is the only company to successfully manufacture high-volume advanced AMOLED and LCD screens. The company has supplied Apple with cutting-edge LCDs in the past including those used on the Retina 15.4-inch MacBook Pro, and the Retina-based iPad.

"Consider the upcoming 13-inch Retina MacBook Pro," CNET's Brooke Crothers writes. "That is expected to put 2,560 x 1,600 pixels (the same pixel count as the 10-inch Google tablet) into a 13.3-inch display. That yields a PPI (pixel per inch) of about 227. But by stuffing that density into a 10-inch screen, the PPI jumps to just shy of 300. That begins to approach the 326 PPI on Apple's iPhone, which, of course, uses a much smaller 4-inch screen."

So what is Samsung going to do when it's manufacturing a top-of-the-line iPad killer for Google, but supplying top-of-the-line screens to Apple for its iPad 4? CNET hints to Sharp which just started producing 5-inch 443 PPI displays. Samsung may do the same, and could possibly reserve that tech for one of its tablet partners for the right price (read: probably not Apple).


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    boiler1990 , October 12, 2012 6:25 PM
    I just hope this doesn't come at Samsung prices.

    I think the better release timing for this would be prior to the next iPad - if you can saturate the market prior to the a release, it dissuades people from buying the competing product.
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    beardguy , October 12, 2012 7:12 PM
    After doing tons of research, i decided to buy a kindle fire hd ( i really love this thing!)

    I just couldn't convince myself to buy a Nexus 7 with all the quality control issues Google was having with the device. I'm kind of amazed at how many reviewers recommended it over the kindle fire hd, and completely ignored the qc issues and instead were focused only on specs. Hopefully they will eliminate these issues with future Nexus models.
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    beardguy , October 12, 2012 10:02 PM
    For the thumbs down trolls ... Go do some research and you'll see there is a host of issues that plague the Nexus 7.

    Let me list a few:
    -Flickering screen
    -Screen Separation
    -Screen Cracking (Nexus 7 does not use Gorilla Glass)
    -Complete slow down/lag when storage is close to capacity
    -Backlight bleed and other screen artifacts

    Just google it and you'll see the number of complaints.
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    Anonymous , October 13, 2012 5:28 AM
    Remember only problem shows up on search,
    if you have no problem you happily play with your device.

    But i gotta say, I bought an ipad 3 recently and the build is pretty nice, good feel,and it's really nice to surf web and watch vid with.
    But that's about it.
    I can't seem to find any nice VNC / SSH apps when android have so many you can use,
    you can't do anything useful apple products, just alot of...... gimmicks

    If only i can put android on an ipad, it would be perfect :D 
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    agnickolov , October 13, 2012 6:41 AM
    And we are still stuck with 1920x1080 on our 24" monitors...
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    Kami3k , October 14, 2012 12:16 AM
    beardguyFor the thumbs down trolls ... Go do some research and you'll see there is a host of issues that plague the Nexus 7.Let me list a few: -Flickering screen -Screen Separation -Screen Cracking (Nexus 7 does not use Gorilla Glass)-Complete slow down/lag when storage is close to capacity -Backlight bleed and other screen artifactsJust google it and you'll see the number of complaints.


    You forgot to list something critical, it was made by Asus.
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    sslapikas , October 15, 2012 1:34 PM
    I am glad it is not made by Acer.
    Seriously, everyone can make high quality device if you are willing to pay premium. Nexus7 is low cost device, so it does not matter who makes it as long as it meets requirements and is cheap.

    Kami3kYou forgot to list something critical, it was made by Asus.

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    Anonymous , October 16, 2012 12:27 PM
    I've used my Nexus 7 day in day out for several months. I've not experienced any hardware problems.