With the new Nexus 7 announcement just a few hours old, there is already word that it could be joined by another new Nexus tablet in the future, a new Nexus 10. The existence of such a tablet has seemingly been confirmed by Android head Sundar Pichai for the near future though consumers shouldn’t expect to see it arrive soon.
Earlier today, Samsung debuted its new Nexus 7 tablet, a 7-inch device that uses an improved display, slimmer form factor, better processor, a 5MP camera, 4G LTE data speeds while also keeping an extremely affordable price tag. The device will arrive with Android 4.3 Jelly Bean, Google’s new operating system, on July 30th.
Read: Where to Buy the New Nexus 7.
It appears that Android head Sundar Pichai also spilled the beans on another Nexus device, specifically, a new Nexus 10 tablet from Samsung that would replace the current Nexus 10 that’s sold on the Google Play Store.
According to the Wall Street Journal‘s Amir Efrati, Pichai remarked that a new Nexus 10 would be arriving in the near future and that it would be built by Samsung. While a new Nexus 10 could be just around the corner, consumers should start tempering their expectations immediately because “near future” likely doesn’t mean tomorrow or any time soon.
— Amir Efrati (@Amir_Efrati) July 24, 2013
The Nexus 10, unlike the Nexus 7, has only been available since November when it launched alongside Android 4.2. The device remains one of the best large-screen tablets on the market and it remains widely available within the Google Play Store. That said, Google likely isn’t in any rush to deliver a brand new Nexus 10 tablet.
In addition, Google likes to debut its new Nexus hardware with new Android software. With the Galaxy Nexus, it was Android 4.0. With the Nexus 7, it was Android 4.1. With the Nexus 10 and Nexus 4, it was Android 4.2. Google doesn’t necessarily have to stick to this pattern but with Android 5.0 Key Lime Pie rumored for October of this year, and the Nexus 10 turning a year old in November, the stars seem to be aligned for a late fall release.
Remember, in the tech world, especially in the Android one, “soon” and “near future” don’t mean that a product is coming tomorrow, or the next day, or the next week. And while it would be great to see a new Nexus 10 launch this summer or in the early fall, October seems like a more likely candidate.