New Nexus 10 (2013) to be made by Asus, in stores for holidays – sources [Update x2]

by: Bogdan PetrovanAugust 9, 2013

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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 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.

Who got it wrong?

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!)

  • What about an Asus Nexus 4?

    • blowntoaster

      no thanks. give us a Sammy/HTC/Sony/LG device. Asus have yet to prove their Smartphone worth.

      • DrewNusser

        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.

      • Elliot Kotis

        Htc moto or lg please.

  • Yeahba

    Great move Google, Asus has spec wise but budget friendly device compared to Samsung.

  • Ivan Myring

    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.

    • Anthony Evans

      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 …

    • Elliot Kotis

      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

  • Anthony Tran

    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…

  • Piyush

    I hope they change design of tablet.Make it more sleek like sony tablet

    • S.L Jones

      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

    • You Are All Dust in The Wind!

      I thought the Asus tablets were pretty sleak, specifically the transformer series not the cheap memo pad ones

  • OMGgary

    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.

  • cycad007

    Made by ASUS? I’m ready to buy! :-)

  • EvenInTheDarkestHour

    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).

    • Collin Lewis

      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

  • Collin Lewis

    SD card slot? if not i’ll be going with the Transformer pad Infinity 2013

    • exynos5450

      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.

      • Collin Lewis

        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!

        • exynos5450

          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.

      • Thr1ve

        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)…

        • exynos5450

          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..

  • MasterMuffin

    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

    • fgh

      maybe theres gonna be a nexus 4, 7, 10 and a nexus 5, 8, 11 this year :D

      • MasterMuffin

        Maybe :D

      • jc

        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.

  • Mohamed Khfaga
  • brendan soliwoda

    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.

  • guest

    Please, not Asus. There are so much manufacturing failures in N7. Nobody wants them in N10!

  • Jimmy Le

    Since Google don’t like expandable memory, it was the best choice to go with Asus.

  • K.P Singh Punjab IN

    Its nice move by google… I would like nexus 10 edge to edge sharp design..will be a game changer..

  • Collin Lewis

    they had better start beefing up the storage already, id like to see the base model have 32gb and the higher end sport 64gb

  • John
    This Week in Tech #1 – Both the Moto X as well as the LG G2 unveiled

  • You Are All Dust in The Wind!

    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.

  • Ryan Castle

    Come on Google. Give Sony a chance!

  • MrNexus

    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

  • shonangreg

    Please label your updates sequentially. “Update1” and “Update2” sure would help when two separate updates conflict with each other.

  • Fatal1ty_93_RUS

    Please, let it not be Wi-Fi only model, make a 3G (or 4G?) version right from the start!