A new Nexus 10 may be coming – but this isn’t it

by: Andrew GrushJanuary 14, 2014


Earlier today we reported that the Nexus 10 32GB model is now apparently out of inventory through the U.S. Google Play store. Just a few hours later, @evleaks and Pocket-Lint both released independent reports containing ‘leaked’ press renders and specs for what was allegedly the Nexus 10’s successor, these images where then re-posted by several major tech publications.

The leaked information originally came from an anonymous and unverified third-party tipster and interestingly enough, both @evleaks and Pocket-Lint have since removed the alleged images and specs. While neither of these publications specifically mention why they pulled down the information, it’s pretty obvious that the ‘leaked’ device was a fake.

Even before the image was pulled, we had begun actively discussing this rumor as a team and had drawn the conclusion that the render was a fake, largely because of the wallpaper in the screenshot. The leaked details claimed the Nexus 10’s successor would feature Android 4.5, yet the image was using an existing Android wallpaper. This stood out to us because every new version of Android at least going back as far as Android 4.1 Jelly Bean has introduced a new wallpaper.

Besides the mention of Android 4.5, the rumor claimed that the Samsung Nexus 10 would have an unspecified Exynos 5 CPU, a WXGA display, 3GB of RAM, 16/32GB storage options, and a 5MP rear camera and a 3MP front camera.


Is the Nexus 10 (2014) on its way?

The big takeaway here is that this isn’t the Nexus 10’s successor pictured above, but we are still rather confident that something is coming.

With the stock of the 2012 version of the Nexus 10 dry in at least a few major markets, the timing certainly seems right for a new tablet, at least unless Google plans to kill the line altogether. Of course, the tradition is to release a new Nexus device every time a new version of Android comes out. With Android 4.4 KitKat still rather new, it seems hard to believe that Google would already bring out Android 4.5.

Even if Google does unveil a Nexus 10 in the near future, it’s unclear who they will be partnering with to make it. For what it’s worth Google isn’t exactly pleased with Samsung due to the company’s insistence on differentiating its offerings by pushing away Google apps in favor of its own solutions, so they might be interested in working with someone else. Past rumors have suggested that Google might be ditching Samsung in favor of Asus, though again there is no real proof this will happen.

Regardless of who makes the next-gen Nexus 10, we speculate that the following will likely be true: the tablet will feature a Snapdragon 800 CPU due to Google and Qualcomm’s close relationship. The tablet will also likely have a 10.1-inch display with a resolution of 2560 x 1600, largely because so many display manufacturers (Samsung, JDI, LG) are already producing such screens, making it an obvious choice.

What do you think, should we expect a next-gen Nexus 10 soon? Do you believe Samsung will be behind it, or could we be looking at a new partner for the tablet this time around? Let us know what you think in the comments.

*A big thanks to several members of the AA Team for their contributions to this post, including Adam Koueider, Joseph Hindy, Bogdan Petrovan and Darcy LaCouvée*


  • Jayfeather787

    That and this tablet has transparent status and nav bars in the launcher, which is only found on the Nexus 5 with the stock launcher.

    • andy

      And moto G as of a week ago

      • Nickan Fayyazi

        The Moto G doesn’t run stock Android, so it’s different. We’re talking about stock here, which is clearly what the new N10 will run.

  • Ryan Rupp

    Im not sure why anyone believes anything “leaked” anymore. Its all been crap. Clickbait for clickbait sake. Its getting old.

    • Nickan Fayyazi

      While this is a rare exception to the rule, the vast majority of “leaks” posted by evleaks are quite accurate, so anything they leak should at least be considered.

      • Ryan Rupp

        EVleaks aside, everyone seems to parrot the same rumor that comes out each day and they have ALL been wrong still. Now granted they are just that, rumors, but come on its getting tiresome.

  • bert

    It is more likely to have an exynos than a snapdragon processor… Did you not hear about JBQs (ex head of android open source) outrage about how awful Qualcomm is with drivers?!?!?!! He even quit over the issue as qualcomm were trying to pin their lack of support on him?! They only got the driver 3months before the nexus 5 launched?! Call yourself a tech site….

    • Adam Koueider

      Samsung’s Exynos and Nvidia’s Tegra are just as bad (don’t believe me, read about all of the problems with making ROMs for the international variant of the GS3). The fact of the matter is, including the Google Play Editions, every product that Google currently sells in the US (remember the nexus 10 is sold out) is running a Snapdragon processor. So yeah…

    • Nickan Fayyazi

      But do you really think they’re going to use an Exynos processor after the lag problems with the N10 (which, I believe, were due to the processor being unable to handle the high resolution)? And besides, if Google didn’t want to use Qualcomm processors anymore after JBQ’s “outrage”, the Nexus 5 wouldn’t have had a Snapdragon 800.

      • apianist16

        The GPU was the problem, not the processor. :)

  • AndroidBoss

    Although I don’t take pictures with a tablet, it would be great if it had an 8 MP camera; therefore it would better than all tablets in every single category (hopefully).

    • Dario · 753 a.C. .

      i don’t think mpx is so important. for example moto g and my galaxy ace have both 5mpx. but galaxy ace’s pics are really much better than moto g’s pics.

      maybe it’s better to say a camera doing good pics, cause mpx are not so important.

      • Nickan Fayyazi

        While I agree that megapixels don’t completely determine image quality, I still think 5MP is a bit low; after all, the Nexus 10’s screen is 4MP, and you want to be able to zoom in on or crop photos without reducing image quality.

  • justin

    Intel announced at the CES that their 64 bit Baytrails were done and would be coming soon. I expect several 64 bit android tablets to be announced at the MWC next month. So to keep ahead of this, I expect Google to announce the 64 bit Nexus 10 before the MWC and it will use Intel’s Baytrail because it is the only 64 bit SoC available till late this year. It would be something if Intel would sweep the next series of the Nexus 7 and Nexus phone because of 64 bit capability.

  • pritish

    Wish google ditches Asus in favour of Sony rather than Samsung. I mean just have a look at the Xperia Z Tablet, there is no reason for Google not to have had partnered with them.

    • T.J.

      Sony being a part of the Rockstar patent lawsuit might be a good enough reason.

  • Cal Rankin

    Wonder if it will come out along with the new Nexus 7?