Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Google and Samsung to co-brand 10.1-inch Android tablet: analyst

Google, hot off of unexpectedly good sales of its Nexus 7 7-inch Android tablet, is planning to expand that effort with a high-end Google Nexus 10-inch tablet, according to C|Net.

Richard Shim, an analyst at NPD DisplaySearch, believes that the 10.1-inch tablet will exceed the pixel density of the "new iPad," making it a retina display. It will sport a resolution of 2,560 x 1,600, giving it a PPI (pixels per inch) number of 299, topping the third-generation retina display iPad, which has a PPI of 264 on its 9.7-inch 2,048 x 1,536 display.

Google will break from Asus on this device, according to Shim. Asus builds the Nexus 7 for Google, but according to Shim, the world's largest mobile device maker, Samsung, will provide the device for Google.

"It's going to be a high-end device. They'll partner with Samsung and co-brand it with Samsung."

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Google and Samsung have a history in Nexus devices, anyway. The past two Nexus smartphones were the Nexus S and the Galaxy Nexus.

None of this, of course, is the same as a product announcement by Google, but Shim said his information comes from "supply chain indications." Shim also confirmed a different rumor, that Google will begin production of a $99 tablet in December.

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