Google just announced their first tablet venture, the Asus Nexus 7, at Google I/O last week. The tablet has been the subject of a lot of conversation and debate, as people wonder whether the combination of cheap hardware and Android 4.1 Jelly Bean can compete with what is already out there in the tablet market. Most people have come to the conclusion that the Nexus 7 is a good tablet, but meant only to compete against the low-cost small tablets like the Kindle Fire rather than the almighty iPad.
However, just days after the announcement of the real Nexus 7, speculation has started on a follow up device. Actually, the rumored device in question isn’t as much of a follow up as it would be an addition to the product line. According to Digitimes and their supply chain sources, Google has placed a rather large order for 10-inch displays from Wintek. The unsubstantiated rumor is made a bit more plausible by the fact that Wintek provided 500,000 touch displays for the Nexus 7, but other than that there is no way to corroborate the story. (And don’t worry, the image above is the Nexus 7, not a “leaked” image of the Nexus 10.)
I’m not entirely convinced that Google is already making a 10-inch version of their tablet from this rumor alone, but the concept does make sense. If the Nexus 7 is successful, adding a larger Nexus tablet to go up against the iPad and help round out Google’s device offerings makes sense. I think a larger Nexus 7 priced at $299 would be perfect, but of course we still don’t know if the 10-inch Nexus is a reality.