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Google Nexus 10 tablet to have higher-res display than iPad

Samsung is working with Google on a high-end 10-inch tablet that will have a higher-resolution display than the iPad, according to an analyst, who also said manufacturing of a $99 tablet will begin in December.
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Written by Ben Woods, Senior reporter on

Google is gearing up to launch a 10.1-inch tablet that will be manufactured by Samsung, according to an analyst.

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Google is reportedly working on a 10-inch follow-up to its Nexus 7 tablet. Image: CNET

The Nexus tablet will not be a budget affair like the Nexus 7, and will instead be a Samsung-branded premium product, NPD DisplaySearch analyst Richard Shim told ZDNet's sister site CNET News.

"It's going to be a high-end device," Shim said, quoted in the story published on Monday. "They'll partner with Samsung and co-brand it with Samsung."

The Nexus device will have a resolution of 2,560 x 1,600 pixels, which is a PPI (pixels per inch) of around 299, surpassing the iPad's 264 PPI, Shim said. A higher number of pixels per inch results in a better image on screen.

Google had not responded to a request for comment at the time of writing.

However, it makes sense that Google would think about working more closely with Samsung, given their existing relationship in launching the co-branded Nexus smartphone.

It also fits with Google's stated plans to deliver a range of Nexus devices from different manufacturers — the Google Nexus 7 was manufactured by Asus, and LG is rumoured to be working with Google on its next Nexus smartphone. Shim said his information comes from reliable "supply chain indications".

As well as revealing details about the Nexus 10, Shim said Google is working towards the release of a $99 tablet, the manufacturing of which is due to begin in December.

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