Earlier this week, Google introduced the 7-inch Nexus 7 tablet, manufactured by Asus and running Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, and most of the tech world went a little crazy. At only $199 (for the 8GB model), the tablet has been hailed a “Kindle Fire killer” and some tech bloggers even went so far as to say that it will seriously chip into the iPad’s market share.
Though the Nexus 7 has its critics, including those who decried the lack of removable storage and who complained about the continued lack of tablet-optimized Android apps, it’s a very appealing device. But, now that it’s out, it’s boring. In the tech community, nothing is as appealing as the rumored device that we haven’t seen yet.
So, here is your round-up of rumors about the next Android tablet.
Google is said to be working with partners on another Nexus tablet. This one will apparently have a 10-inch screen, making it a direct competitor for the iPad. It’s expected to be called, no surprise, the Nexus 10.
The price for the Nexus 10, should it actually exist at some point in the future, has already been estimated at $299 (significantly less than the iPad). Like the Nexus 7, the Nexus 10 expected to be cheap because it won’t have a rear camera nor any truly revolutionary features. It should have internal specs comparable (if not exactly the same as) the Nexus 7.
The real question is whether there will be any market for a 10-inch Nexus tablet. Part of the reason that Android tablets have yet to catch on is that there are just so damn many of them. Samsung almost literally makes an Android device at every single inch marker from 4 to 10. The Nexus 7 hits a sweet spot that is great for content consumption and doesn’t try to compete directly with the 9.7-inch iPad.
Would you forgo the Nexus 7 for a Nexus 10 in the future?