With the announcement of the new, updated Nexus 7 only a few days old, Android boss Sundar Pichai, the man who revealed the Nexus 7 to the world, has confirmed that a newer Nexus 10 manufactured by Samsung is also on the way.
Wall Street Journal reporter Amir Efranti yesterday tweeted that Sundar had confirmed that the new Nexus was in the works, and being developed by Samsung for launch in “the near future”. At this point it would be reasonable to assume that “the near future” would be some time in October, which is when the previous model was released but also when many are expecting the next major iteration of Android, 5.0 Key Lime Pie, to drop.
So what do we know about the specs of the Nexus 10? Well at the moment, to be honest – nothing. There are no real rumours regarding its internals or features. But, seeing as the original is still in the top 5 Android benchmarks, we do expect the new model to be a seriously powerful device. There are suggestions that the Nexus 10 might ship with the new Exynos 5420: an ARM big.LITTLE chip which is being mass produced by Samsung in August – so the timing would add up. If this is the case, we would expect to see better battery life from the more efficient chip which would hopefully boost the 7.5 hour Nexus to a more iPad-like 10 hours.
The display on the current Nexus 10 is still the world’s highest resolution on a tablet, featuring a stunning 2560 by 1600 screen, so it’s hard to imagine that this would change much in the next version. However a bit of snooping through the Android 4.3 release has shown that Google is preparing itself for XXXHDPI support, which translates to an astonishing pixel density of 640 DPI. This means it won’t be long until we see 4K (3840 by 2160) resolution on Android devices, and it’s perhaps possible that the Nexus 10 will be the first to see it.
I have to say that this seems unlikely – the HTC One currently has the crown for the highest pixel density at 468 DPI, and that is quite an achievement in itself. The inclusion of 4K support in Android 4.3 was almost undoubtedly designed specifically for televisions; the leap to 4K on any portable device seems technologically extremely challenging; but I wouldn’t be completely surprised if the Nexus 10 was the first to sport such an enormous resolution.
Whether 4K resolution is necessary or even a good idea on a 10” tablet is another matter entirely, but I have a feeling that now that XXXHDPI is supported, manufacturers, or perhaps more accurately marketing teams, will be happy to push the DPI limits for no good reason whatsoever.
So that’s all we know for now, and a bit of conjecture on my part as well. If the team here at AndroidOrigin hear anything else on the grape vine, we’ll let you know. Is anyone excited for what the new Nexus 10 might bring?