After we've seen Google announcing the Nexus 10 in October 2012, synchronized with the debut of Android 4.2 Jelly Bean, the latest reports in the tech business are claiming that the search engine giant will announce its next-gen 10.1-inch tablet at Mobile World Congress 2013 event in Barcelona, Spain.
Bright Side of News informs that the tablet co-developed by Google and Samsung will receive a quad-core processor and an upgraded graphics processing unit.
It seems that we are talking about a quad-core processor based on four Cortex A15 cores and a GPU member of the Mali T678 tribe with eight cores. The processing power upgrade is welcomed, especially that hardware platforms has to underpin a Super PLS TFT display with an amazing resolution of 2560 x 1600 pixels and a pixel density of 299 ppi.
With a price starting at $400 for the 16 GB model, high-end technical specifications and display with a resolution outmatching iPad's Retina Display, it's obvious that Google aims to bite a large chunk of Apple's tablet market share.
If the rumors are true and the Nexus 10 will receive a quad-core A15 processor and an octo-core GPU, then it might become the most powerful tablet ever manufactured, setting the bar at a new standard.
But will we see the next-gen Nexus 10 in flesh at Mobile World Congress 2013 as the rumors are indicating? My opinion is that it won't be announced next month at the Barcelona-based event. It's not an affirmation based on a "source close to the matter," but an educated guess based on Google's previous product launches.
The search engine giant has made a habit out of announcing new products synchronized with the debut of the new versions of its operating system. As you probably noticed, each new Android major update brought new terminals along, whether they were smartphones or tablets, all running the latest Android iterations out of the box. Therefore, it's less likely for Google to announce a new tablet before the arrival of Android 5.0 Key Lime Pie, which expected to debut at Google I/O event in May.
Moreover, for the time being there's no chipset currently available on the market with the aforementioned configuration: quad-core Cortex A15 and Mali T678 GPU, but as things stand it might be a member of the Exynons family. The original Nexus 10 packs a Samsung Exynos 5 Dual CPU, and unless the South Korea-based company "forgot" to reveal the Exynos 5 Quad SoC at CES 2013, when the octo-core Exynos 5 Octa was officially announced, there's no such chipset on the market yet.
Of course, Samsung (the company that manufactures the Nexus 10) might launch the Exynos 4 Quad SoC at MWC and demo it on the Nexus 10, making the 10.1-inch tablet world's first terminal to be underpinned by Samsung's quad-core Cortex A15 solution.
Anyway, the MWC 2013 is only one month away and we'll find out more when the event opens its gates for the public, so don't pop the champagne yet.