Google Nexus 10 (2014) release date, news and rumors

Everything you need to know about the new Nexus 10

The new Nexus 10 is tipped to offer a full HD display, although some may be disappointed to learn that it might not build on its predecessor, with the same resolution and pixel density.

That won't be an issue though, as the display on the original Nexus 10 was splendid and it still trumps the iPad Air's Retina offering - if it keeps the same resolution but improves the underlying technology for an improved contrast ratio and colour render (making everything really pop off the screen) then we're all for it.

So what does this mean in terms of vital statistics? Well the specs which appeared briefly on Google's Play store seem to suggest a 2560 x 1600 resolution, 300ppi pixel density and an insanely accurate 10.055-inch screen size - but the length of time since this actually happened means this was probably faked.

Power and CPU

The original Nexus 10 surprised us slightly with its processor as it was only a dual-core offering while the smaller, cheaper 7-inch slate was sporting quad-core innards.

That wrong looks to be righted this year though as the new Nexus 10 is tipped to pack Qualcomm's impressive Snapdragon 800 quad-core chip.

There were rumors pointing towards 2GB of RAM to back up that powerful processor, but more recently we've seen 3GB take the lead in the Nexus 10 RAM race.

Operating system

After the Nexus 10 didn't show up in 2013, where we thought it would appear along with Nexus 5 and both handsets would ship with Google's new mobile platform - Android 4.4 KitKat, it's probably going to be Android 5 that gets the honour of debuting this hardware.

This is going to be a major update to the OS and the Nexus 10 will need to be powerful enough to compete as well... so we're expecting big things.

The leak claiming to be from Google's own website 'confirms' the presence of Android 4.4 on the new Nexus 10 - but again, this was likely faked.

Design

With Asus one of the contenders for the new Nexus 10 the tablet's design could more closely mirror that of the smaller Nexus 7, and from a couple of leaked press images this seems to be the case.

That means you're unlikely to see any premium metal bodies a la iPad, but we found the Nexus 7 to be a solid, well built device despite the fact it's made entirely of plastic.

The first render claiming to be the Nexus 10 appeared online with the black, curved plastic body we saw on the new Nexus 7 earlier this year.

Google Nexus 10 2013 LEAK

Credit: PhoneArena

While questions were raised over the legitimacy of the previous render a gaff on Google's own Play store site seems to suggest the leak was spot on as the image closely matches the one below which apparently appeared on the search giant's site.

Google Nexus 10 2013 LEAK

Credit: PhoneArena

The purported leak on Google's site also gave us an insight into the size and weight of the new Nexus 10 - and if the specs are correct it's going to be slightly smaller and lighter.

Measuring a potential 258.9 x 172.6 x 7.9mm the Nexus 10 won't be quite as slender as the iPad Air, and at 584g it may well be lighter than its predecessor but it's still got nothing on the new iPad.

Cameras, battery and more

Asus / HTC / LG and Google could equip the new Nexus 10 with some decent camera options, with leaks pointing towards an 8MP rear offering and a 2.1MP front facing snapper for video calls.

Battery life may get a welcome boost with the addition of a slightly larger 9500mAh power pack (plus the more efficient Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 CPU, if not the even better Snapdragon 805) and 32GB of internal storage will provide enough space for most - although you can be pretty certain there will be no microSD slot.

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