TAIWANESE HARDWARE MAKER Asus reportedly will build the next generation Nexus 10 tablet, as Google kicks its former partner Samsung to the kerb.
Geek.com has heard from "multiple sources" that Asus will build Google's second 10in Nexus tablet, following the success of last year's Nexus 7 tablet built by the firm. As pointed out by the report, last year's Nexus 10 tablet, on the other hand, didn't fly off the shelves, so it's perhaps no great surprise that Google has opted for Asus over Samsung.
Not much is known about the next generation Nexus 10 tablet yet, although Geek.com has heard that it will be available from Google Play in time for Christmas. It has also managed to learn a couple of the tablet's specifications, which include a Qualcomm Snadragon chip, likely the same quad-core 1.5GHz processor in the new Nexus 7 tablet, and Google's latest Android 4.3 Jelly Bean mobile operating system.
There's also talk that the tablet's already impressive 10in 2560x1600 touchscreen will get an upgrade, although there's nothing specific.
If it's anything like the new Nexus 7, we can also expect to see models with 16GB and 32GB of internal storage, a version with 4G LTE support, wireless charging functionality and improved battery life.
The second generation Google Nexus 10 can also expect to face some stiff competition when it arrives on the market, with Apple reportedly planning to release a new iPad before the year is out. It's possible that Apple will launch an updated iPad Mini with Retina display, perhaps at its rumoured iPhone unveiling on 10 September. µ