Friday, August 09, 2013

Nexus 10 refresh to be built by Asus

It was, to be honest, a little strange when Google split its tablet fortunes across two different manufacturers, Asus for the 7-inch Nexus 7 and Samsung for the 10-inch Nexus 10. That may change this year, says a report from, as Google is reportedly going to shift its 10-inch tablet manufacture to Asus, as well.

The Nexus 7 was a hot seller. The Nexus 10 -- not so much. Really, aside from its impressive display -- 2,560 x 1,600 -- its hardware specifications weren't all that compelling. We'll see if Asus can rectify that with its own version of the Nexus 10, assuming this report is correct.

The report appears to be valid, though. got its hands on an inventory database screenshot that clear showed a Google Nexus 10 manufactured by Asus. The screenshot only had placeholder measurements for the device, though, so its unclear if Asus will slim the 2013 version down much from 2012.

Additionally, it seems the device will go the way of the Nexus 7, meaning it won't be the Nexus 10 2 (confusing), but just the Nexus 10, which means folks will have to differentiate last year's and this year's model with just that -- a model year.

In a somewhat unsurprising bit of data, multiple sources told that the refreshed Nexus 10 is expected to be available in the Google Play Store and Best Buy retail stores in time for the holiday season. That makes a lot of sense, and so does keeping the resolution at 2,560 x 1,600 and pairing the device with a top-of-the-line Qualcomm processor.

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