Google Nexus 10 vs. Google Nexus 10 2 (rumored)

Vs Tony Crammond 08:50, Nov 26 2013

What happens when Google's new Nexus 10 hits the streets?

This year has already seen the follow up to Google’s highly successful Nexus 4 smartphone, with the imaginatively named Nexus 5, as well as a second iteration of the Nexus 7 tablet hitting shops weeks ago. But what of the other Nexus device in the range, the Nexus 10; the largest Nexus device available at the moment?

Well, rumor has it that an announcement of a follow up to the Nexus 10 is due any day now, and there have been plenty of whisperings about what the device's specs will offer -- and, of course, who will be putting the whole kit and caboodle together.

Today we’re taking a look at what the online rumor mill says about the upcoming new tablet and trying to ascertain whether you should you ditch your old Nexus 10 in favour of a new one. Here's what we've found so far. 


The original Nexus 10 has a 10.1-inch, Super PLS TFT capacitive touchscreen that displays 16 million colors and has a pixel density of 299PPI. It supports multi-touch input and has a Gorilla Glass 2 coating for protection against scratches.

The new Nexus 10 is rumored to have…yes, you guessed it, the exact same display! With the exception of a very slight upgrade to Gorilla Glass 3, the new device is going to be identical to its predecessor in the screen department -- and that’s no bad thing.


The first Nexus 10 was given an Exynos 5250 chipset that is made up of a dual-core 1.7GHz Cortex-A15 processor and a Mali-T604 GPU. The device has 2GB RAM and is available with either 16 or 32GB on-board storage.

The newer version of the Nexus 10 is rumored to have a more up-to-date (and more powerful) Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 chipset, which comprises a quad-core 2.3GHz Krait 400 processor and graphics courtesy of an Adreno 330 GPU. The device is expected to have 3GB RAM and 32GB of on-board storage as standard.


The original Nexus 10 comes boxed with Android 4.2 AKA Jelly Bean. However, an upgrade to KitKat, version 4.4, is immediately available, which is the same software that the Nexus 10 2 is expected to be released with, so both devices will benefit from the updated OS. KitKat has a number of improved features, such as overhauled voice recognition and search functions, which are very useful, as well as the newest version of Google’s Hangouts.

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