Samsung’s next iPad rival is coming soon and that's bad news for Google’s Nexus 10

April 18 2013

Leaked specs would suggest that Samsung's next tablet will bear more than a passing resemblance to Google's Nexus 10
Leaked specs would suggest that Samsung's next tablet will bear more than a passing resemblance to Google's Nexus 10

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.

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  • GSLeon3
    1 year 6 months ago

    No, that just indicates that "Nexus" devices are indeed still developer devices. The Nexus devices lack the functions & features of Samsung branded devices, like Multi-window, S-Pen compatibility, SD-Card support, DLNA, better & more HW supported codecs, like DIVX, AC3, AAC, FLAC, etc...

    Unless you are willing to spend the time learning to develop for Android, or you enjoy keeping up with unofficial firmware like Paranoid Android, the Nexus device is just not a feature filled as other devices, even other Samsung Devices. You are trying to extrapolate an entire diverse market based on a narrow segment device. That dog won't hunt.

  • eldernorm
    1 year 6 months ago

    But But everyone says that Apple is dying cause its stock price is dropping... really...
    "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."

    This would indicate that all the hype about everyone selling much more than Apple is mostly just making more tablets than Apple and then trying to find some one,,,,, any one to buy them before being used to fill the land fill.

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