Right after the Nexus 7 (2013) was launched, Amir Efrati, a reputable tech journalist from the Wall Street Journal, tweeted that a Samsung-made Nexus 10 Android tablet would come “in the near future”. Efrati cited Android and Chrome boss Sundar Pichai as the source of the info, so pretty much everyone took it at face value.
Now Russell Holly of Geek.com claims that “multiple sources” confirmed to him that the upcoming Nexus 10 would actually be made by Asus. According to the report, the refreshed Nexus 10 will bear the same name as the original, just like the Nexus 7 (2013).
The device will supposedly be available in the Google Play Store and at Best Buy in time for holidays. The 2012 Nexus 10 launched in mid-November, so Google will probably go for the same period for the 2013 edition.
No information was revealed on the hardware and features of the Nexus 10 (2013), though we can probably expect a great hi-res display of 2560 x 1600, a Snapdragon 800 processor, and 2GB of RAM.
Update: Amir Efrati got it wrong. He just tweeted that he meant “currently made by Samsung” in his original tweet, and that Sundar Pichai didn’t actually mention the manufacturer .
Both the WSJ’s Amir Efrati and Geek’s Russell Holly are trusted names in the technology media landscape, so we have to wonder who got it wrong. It’s hard to believe that Google changed its mind between July 25 and today, and with just a few months until launch, the Nexus 10 should already be in an advanced development stage by now.
An argument in favor of an Asus-made Nexus 10 is the great relationship between Google and Asus, but, then again, Samsung isn’t exactly at odds with Google either.
It’s possible that Sundar Pichai told Efrati that a new Nexus 10 is coming, and the journalist assumed it would be made by Samsung, but that’s just speculation at this point.
One thing’s for sure now – more leaks are bound to appear, as the experience of recent devices like the Nexus 7, Moto X, and LG G2 has taught us. Stay tuned.
Update – here’s an argument in favor of the Asus theory – the creators of the video that Google commissioned to promote the Nexus 7′s Surround Sound feature wrote on their portfolio page that the video was made for the launch of the new Nexus 7 and new Nexus 10. Having the same hardware feature on both Nexus tablets indicates that they are likely both made by the same manufacturer. (Thanks, tipster!)
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What about an Asus Nexus 4?
no thanks. give us a Sammy/HTC/Sony/LG device. Asus have yet to prove their Smartphone worth.
In the states, sure, but the Padfone Infinity looks awesome and has gotten great reviews. If I had an extra $1k lying around I’d pick one up with the dock.
Htc moto or lg please.
Great move Google, Asus has spec wise but budget friendly device compared to Samsung.
I don’t know about snapdragon 800. Qualcomm has been such a pain in googles ass. Not to mention that Asus generally uses tegra in their tablets. The transformer infinity (2013) that its likely based on has tegra 4.
they make the nexus 2013 and it has a qualcom and the memo pad hd coming wth a quad core mediatek so they dont just use tegra …
The nexus 7 2 has a qualcomm, yeah but they have been. But tegra 3 didn’t last without lag kn the nexus 7, but if it is Samsung I won’t be getting it, if it is Asus I will be split of the 7 and 10
Snapdragon is a great SOC, but the latest debacle with JBQ makes me wish that whoever is making the next Nexus 10 uses a different chip, although, Exynos isn’t much more open, either…
I hope they change design of tablet.Make it more sleek like sony tablet
I second that notion, as the Sony tablet is the only 1 I’d consider over any Nexus branded tablet simply because of its design aesthetics… Plus I really didn’t want to have to buy a Samsung product… But I doubt it will being as how Asus has their own design philosophy, which actually isn’t bad at all… In liking this move by Google
I thought the Asus tablets were pretty sleak, specifically the transformer series not the cheap memo pad ones
Interesting. I wonder could all three Nexus devices have Qualcomm SOC this year?
Not that I think it is necessarily a good thing, although they do make some good chips.
But I’m just wondering if maybe something like that has happened, and was the last straw for JBQ, to have all the new Nexus devices under QC’s closed source influence.
Made by ASUS? I’m ready to buy! :-)
My Nexus 10 absolutely rocks! The display is second to none…still. Also have the first gen Nexus 7 and after the 4.3 update, it is once again a beast. I can’t say anything bad about my experience with Samsung or Asus built Nexus tablets. If Asus does make the 10, it’d be nice if they would keep the display resolution, but improve on the front firing stereo speakers (louder with a richer sound).
If they do i hope the screen is as nice as the screen on the new nexus 7, but obv still maintaining the 2560×1600 res
SD card slot? if not i’ll be going with the Transformer pad Infinity 2013
Do not ever buy a nexus if you have to have a SD card slot. No nexus has ever had one and doubt one will. Google likes to push its cloud services.
when will they learn that not everyone is online all the time, cloud services are great if you’re always on wifi, sometimes we might be on a plane, or a bus, or just not near wifi and want to watch a movie!
But you have to remember Nexus devices are much cheaper than most of the competition. They have nice hardware and nice software all for a nice cheap price.
The Nexus One had an SD card slot, as did the Android Dev Phone 1/T-mobile G1/HTC Dream (all the same phone, the first ever Android phone in the market)…
Ok ok. You got me on my statement of no nexuses having sd card slots. But just message me when a nexus is released with one. I frankly don’t care about a phone of 2008..
Maybe there will be multiple Nexus devices, because there are rumors from trusted sources saying that Motorola & LG will both make a Nexus phone and Asus & Samsung will both make a Nexus tablet
maybe theres gonna be a nexus 4, 7, 10 and a nexus 5, 8, 11 this year :D
I thought about that too.
I don’t think there will be a nexus 8 though but perhaps a nexus 5 and nexus 11 in addition to second gen nexus 4, 7 and 10.
That’s 5 nexus devices when Android 5.0 is launched on the 5th anniversary of Android on Oct 5.
it’s officially by Asus
I don’t know, I’m kind of hoping that they’ll stick with Samsung for the next nexus 10, but I wouldn’t hate the idea of a Nexus 10 made by a Asus like I hate the idea of the nexus 5 being made by motorola.
Please, not Asus. There are so much manufacturing failures in N7. Nobody wants them in N10!
Since Google don’t like expandable memory, it was the best choice to go with Asus.
Its nice move by google… I would like nexus 10 edge to edge sharp design..will be a game changer..
they had better start beefing up the storage already, id like to see the base model have 32gb and the higher end sport 64gb
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If Asus makes a dock to go with it then it would be perfect but it’s unlikely.
Still I hope Asus will release the 2013 Asus Infinity soon and hopefully they fixed the emmc issues that plagued the first one in the new update. Rumors has it that it will be $499 with the dock already.
Come on Google. Give Sony a chance!
The way they said it on the portfolio page could mean 2 different things. Here what it says. “For the launch of the new Nexus 7 and Nexus 10″ It could mean for the New N7 and the Upcoming N10. But it could also mean the New N7 and the current N10
Please label your updates sequentially. “Update1″ and “Update2″ sure would help when two separate updates conflict with each other.
Please, let it not be Wi-Fi only model, make a 3G (or 4G?) version right from the start!