Cnet: Samsung Nexus 10 is expected “in the first half of next year”

by: AdrianOctober 12, 2012

The level of excitement brought by the rumor that Samsung and Google might be working together on a 2,560 x 1,600 pix res Nexus 10 tablet was at unprecedented heights for anyone who’s still dreaming of an Android-based “iPad killer,” but here comes the bad news.

Brooke Crothers from Cnet, the same “source” of that first report, now says that the 10.1-inch tab is “expected in the first half of next year.” That’s particularly disappointing because we’re pretty certain Samsung’s Galaxy S4 will come around February or March, which might push the Nexus 10’s launch to late May or early June.

However, the fourth-gen Apple iPad is also expected around March or April 2013, and the whole point of a Samsung-Google co-branded 10-inch tablet seemed to be undercutting a familiar enemy: the iPad 3.

Crothers speculates that the delay might come as a direct cause of the Nexus 10 being expected to boast an entirely new display and an Exynos 5 processor based on an ARM Cortex-A15 chip. Both these cutting-edge components already exist, but their getting ready for mass production might take a while.

It’s not all doom and gloom though for us Android enthusiasts, because we can now start to think at a new scenario. The LG Nexus 4 is just about confirmed as coming by the end of October 2012, and with a Nexus 10 possibly scheduled around June 2013, we can’t help but see some connections between the dates.

The Samsung Galaxy Nexus came in October 2011 with Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, while the Nexus 7 tab came this June with 4.1 Jelly Bean. Catch the drift? This is of course a wild guess, but it only seems logical for Google to come out with an incremental update to Android, 4.2, upon the LG Nexus 4 launch, and with a whole new version, likely 5.0, next summer.

Are you excited about the possible releases of two Android upgrades in less than a year? Or disappointed that the Nexus 10’s release is so far down the road?

  • Sheik Mohamed

    These people definitlely need to stop this “MOAR PIXELS” war. ppi is just one aspect in the display quality. Color gaumet, Contrast ratios, Outdoor visibility does matter a lot. Android tablets already have those aspects without those “RESOLUTIONARY PIXELS”. the tech sites measure the ppi of the screen under a microscope, Yes under a freaking microscope… No one is going to watch their tablet through microscope in day to day life… Its waste of battery and waste of processing power….

    • Jared Persinger

      My phone has moderatly low ppi ( around 270 per inch) but it has really nice color so I fully agree with you here

      • fawfa

        Actually that’s pretty high.

  • Rich foy

    Not too bothered about the delay, I’ve only had the nexus 7 for two months and would struggle to justify another tablet. I wonder if it’ll have Tegra 4.

  • Jared Persinger

    I can wait I mean I do still have my trusty laptop but if it is a high quality 10 inch tablet then I will get it

  • The Nexus 7 is the king ( not in terms of units sold but features) of the 7 inch android class. ( here’s a review ) I wonder , when this Nexus 10.1 comes out , will it be able to beat the iPad. And I say this because , since it is a nexus , the respect of thousands of android fanboys will rely on it so , well , let’s hope for the best.

    • Noah

      Firstly, you have to compare apples with apples (no pun intended). Nexus 7 is made by ASUS, which is no good news – sorry to doubt this review but it doesn’t really come from an acknowledged authority (interestingly enough it stands next to an article on Justin Bieber…). It’s definitely made to be a cheap, low-quality product, which is right in ASUS’ skill set.

      Nexus 10 is from Samsung who probably knows better how to apply a quality control on their products before selling them to customers. And this is important because no matter how good the specs are on paper, if 2 customers out of 3 have to send their device back to the constructor because they are DOA (which must be pretty close to ASUS’ statistics), you don’t want to buy this product if you expect something good. If you doubt that, try to buy a Transformer – I mean a working one.

      So Nexus 10 is most probably a higher-quality product, for a different audience.

      There is no Nexus here, they just don’t compare.

      Secondly, why is everyone so desperately looking for an iPad “killer”? Apple devices target a specific customer type, who’s anxious to get high-quality hardware for a price, and a simple, limited but easy-to-use software interface. Android lures the more demanding users who are ready to tolerate some eccentricities by Google like poor bug solving and priority management, more unstable systems.

      There’s no killing anyone, those are simply evolutions of two different philosophies.

      • Well said. And I think that site had the Justin Bieber post because it writes about everything. It says so in the title :’ve got you covered…. so I think that’s pretty convinient. And no , the review isn’t really the best one out there :P its an upcoming site I think.

  • I do not believe you or Cnet. I think 10.1 will come for this holidays.

  • Nicole Younie

    ARGH!!! How difficult is it to put a 10 inch screen on it and make it work?! I like the Nexus 7 but I’m a a musician and want a 10 inch to view my music on the move when teaching, a 7 inch screen (same size as my ebook reader) is too small to be useful. Really fed up with the delays and annoyed they’re using Samsung. I like Samsung (owner f a SGSII) but it does probably mean the price will be hiked up and not only that but the delay.. come on! Samsung took AGES to release the Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 (Which turned out to be rubbish…. spec wise it was outdated before it was even released) and then EVEN LONGER for the Galaxy Note 10.1 (which, again, was out of date as soon as it was released…. not to mention stupidly over priced). Come on Google, I seriously am a huge fan but this is taking the pi$$!!!!