By Alexandra Burlacu | Aug 09, 2013 11:30 AM EDT
According to a new report, the new Google Nexus 10 may come from ASUS instead of Samsung, as previously claimed.
Google launched its Nexus devices last year in collaboration with several partners. ASUS made the Nexus 7, Samsung made the Nexus 10 and LG came up with the Nexus 4. The new Nexus 7 recently made its debut and it is an ASUS-made device as well, just as the original tablet. Google was expected to follow a similar scheme and launch the new Nexus 10 with the same partner it had last year, i.e. Samsung.
A recent report even claimed to have confirmation directly from Sundar Pichai, Google's vice president in charge of Android, that Samsung will be making the new Nexus 10.
In an interested twist, however, a new report now claims something entirely different. Instead of Samsung, Geek.com says that ASUS will make the Nexus 10 slate as well.
This sounds intriguing to say the least. It's understandable that Google may have developed a warm and cuddly relationship with ASUS during the development of two Nexus 7 generations, but handing over the Nexus 10 as well sounds a bit farfetched.
Geek.com cites its own anonymous sources, which normally wouldn't mean so much if the publication hadn't accurately predicted the launch of the Samsung Galaxy S4 Google Play edition. This means that there is a possibility that the publication is right about this Nexus 10 partner switch. At the same time, it may well turn out to be just a rumor. Either way, the possibility must be taken into account.
The report mentions no specs for the new Nexus 10, so little is known so far about the next-generation 10-incher from Google. The original version of the tablet had impressive specs and proved to be popular with consumers, which means the refreshed slate should be even more attractive.
The new report seems a bit hard to swallow and Samsung still seems a more likely candidate to make the refreshed Nexus 10, but you never know. Maybe Google had a change of heart and ultimately decided to switch partners? It's tough to tell at this point, especially since all we have to go on are rumors and claims. Google is yet to make an official announcement so until it does, take everything with a grain of salt.
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