They say keep your friends close and your enemies closer but you could forgive Google for not knowing which is which right now. New reports suggest that Samsung, the maker of the Nexus 10 tablet, is now making a Galaxy Tab which could well kill off Google's 10-inch Android tablet.
According to Greek tech website TechBlog, Samsung is gearing up to launch a new 10-inch tablet and one which has almost identical specifications to the Nexus 10.
The website says that the model is codenamed ‘Roma’ and claims that it has a 10.1-inch 2560 x 1600 resolution display (299 pixels per inch), a dual-core 1.7GHz Exynos 5 processor, 2GB of RAM and 16GB of internal memory.
The tablet is also expected to boast dual-facing cameras (5MP on the rear, 1.9MP on the front), a powerful 9000mAh battery, a microSD card slot and 4G connectivity. The last two features can’t be found on the WiFi-only Nexus 10.
Sources add that the model will probably run Samsung’s TouchWiz user interface over the top of Android 4.2. It is worth noting that these are not the first reports on Samsung’s high-end Roma tablet -- rumors on the model first appeared at the start of the year.
While these rumored specs would perhaps suggest that Android tablets are, as analysts suggest, catching up with the iPad, this news is likely to make for grim reading at Google.
Mobile analyst Benedict Evans yesterday predicted that the search giant has sold just 680,000 Nexus 10 tablets to date, a figure which would make the model – which launched in December – even less successful than Microsoft’s troubled Surface RT.