Nexus 10 2nd generation release date is likely to be the "near future," according to reports from Amir Efrati at the Wall Street Journal following the Nexus 7 2 announcement at the Google press breakfast event. The information comes from Sundar Pichai, Android and Chrome boss, himself.
— Amir Efrati (@amir) July 24, 2013
"During Google press event yesterday, July 24, Sundar Pichai, the head of Google Chrome and Android products, told that a new Nexus 10 will be available in the near future. With this, Android and Me posted a question, "Could a new Nexus 10 be on the way this fall?" And will it run the newest iteration of Google mobile OS, the Android 5.0 Key Lime Pie?"
Reports of the new Nexus 10 2nd Generation all suggest a release date of around November, particularly since the Nexus 10 original launched in November 2012. This holds good if we assume that Google intends to do yearly refreshes of the Nexus line of devices. Could that potentially mean we may see a Nexus 4 2nd generation before we see a Nexus 5? Potentially, though that seems less likely because LG is modeling the Nexus 5 on the LG G2 which is much more than a mere refresh.
We can be fairly certain that the Nexus 10 2nd generation will, if the release date is after October as anticipated, then it will have Android 5.0 Key Lime Pie. The current Nexus line is receiving Android 4.3 Jelly Bean updates, the current Nexus 10 got the Android 4.3 OS update just today so we can reasonably assume that the Nexus 10 2nd generation together with the Nexus 5 will be the first Android 5.0 Key Lime Pie device. The Nexus 8, if such a device is also coming, is also likely to receive Android 5.0 Key Lime Pie.
When it comes to Nexus 10 2nd generation specs, its too early to tell. Of course it will be made by Samsung, and we don't have any doubts about that like we did for LG and the Nexus 5. We know that the current Nexus 10 is at a slight disadvantage because the Nexus 7 2 just received a refresh where it got a better processor, the quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 processor, a HD display, improved ppi and various other improvements. Consumers may prefer to spring for the Nexus 7 2 over the current Nexus 10. Gizmodo points out that modest refresh of the Nexus 10 could make it a top selling device:
"The current Nexus 10 features a very high-res 2,560 x 1,600 display, 2GB of RAM and is powered by a dual-core Samsung Exynos 5 chipset. Whacking a bit of a newer processor in it and sticking Android 4.3 on there would be enough to make it a winner."
The processor improvement will be vital for the Nexus 10 2nd generation. The new Samsung Exynos 5420 processor apparently destroyed the Nexus 10 Samsung Exynos 5250 processor in benchmark tests. So we could expect the new powerful Samsung Exynos 5420 chip to be used on the Nexus 10 2nd generation. Phone Arena reports that the newer chip had better processor cores and a six-core Mali T-628 GPU, allowing incredibly powerful 3D rendering results. That will be particularly relevant for the Nexus 10 2nd generation because Google is moving into the gaming arena with the Nexus line. The Nexus 7 2 has developer tools to allow for better game graphics.
Overall, the Nexus 10 2nd generation is coming and the refresh will likely be very similar to what we saw with the Nexus 7 2. A HD display, a better processor and some other bells and whistles make it a good buy. Of course, we may also see the Nexus 10 2nd generation rise in price, likely an extra $70-100 just as we saw for the Nexus 7 2, depending on whether users get the 16GB or 32 GB versions.
Do you want to get the Nexus 10 2nd generation when is released?