Google cancels Android event but rumors suggest 10-inch Nexus tablet will have Samsung chip

by Doug Drinkwater

October 29 2012

Google is expected to launch a 10-inch Nexus tablet before the year is out
Google is expected to launch a 10-inch Nexus tablet before the year is out

The ferocious Hurricane Sandy may have forced Google to cancel its Android launch event in New York today, but that hasn’t stopped rumors on the possibility of the 10-inch Nexus tablet featuring Samsung’s new system-on-chip (SoC).

According to ZDNet, the launch of the Google and Samsung branded Nexus 10 tablet will mark the first time Samsung’s new Exynos 5 SoC has featured in a 10-inch tablet.

The source explains that this move would be significant because Samsung has largely not used its semiconductors for its own smartphones and tablets.

For example, the second-generation Galaxy Tab uses Texas Instruments’ OMAP chipset and the North American version of the Galaxy S3 smartphone uses Qualcomm’s Snapdragon, although in recent times Samsung’s Exynos 4 has made its way to the Galaxy Note 10.1 and international versions of the S3 and Galaxy Note 'phablet'.

Exynos 5 succeeds the Exynos 4 and has been clocked at 1.7GHz. The dual-core chipset utilizes the latest generation ARM Cortex A-15 architecture and features the ARM Mali T604 quad-core GPU.

Recent reports reveal that the co-branded Nexus 10 tablet will run the Exynos 5 SoC, have a Samsung-manufactured 2560 x 1600 resolution display and could come into the market at a price point of $349.

A purported video of the tablet was discovered online over the weekend.

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