The Google Nexus 7 tablet may have only just been revealed on Wednesday at the company’s Google IO conference in San Francisco, but rumors already abound regarding a 10-inch version of the ASUS-manufactured tablet.
As usual, the rumor is to be taken with a grain of salt given that it has come from the DigiTimes, but the publication’s sources at touch panel manufacturers are claiming that Google is planning a release of the Nexus 10, a larger, 10-inch version of the Nexus 7. According to the insiders, Google is planning on using 10-inch touch panels from AU Optronics and Wintek for the unannounced device, which would add up; Wintek is supposedly heavily involved with the hardware for the Nexus 7.
Not only has Wintek allegedly already shipped 500,000 touch panels for the 7-inch tablet in June, it is also believed to have been supplying ASUS (which is handling the hardware for Google’s Nexus tablets) with over one million touch panel units starting back in May, and will continue to do so through July. This offers some insight into Google’s roadmap, suggesting that it does in fact have another tablet in the works, as does the fact that another component supplier, TPK Holding, is supposedly contributing some number of touch panels as well.
No other information regarding the Nexus 10 has been revealed yet, including pricing or a release timeframe.
But if size doesn’t matter to you, and you’re just dying to get your hands on some Nexus-y tablet goodness, Gamestop is now accepting preorders for the Nexus 7 at all of its US locations. The retailer, which has been selling Android products for some time now, is going as far as to offer a 30% trade-in bonus, meaning that customers who trade in any video game hardware, software, or accessories toward the pre-order will receive an extra 30% credit for their goods.
The Nexus 7, which will be the first tablet to run the new version of Android, version 4.1 (aka Jelly Bean), is due out sometime in mid-July, though an exact release date has yet to be provided.