As we told you earlier today, Google is thought to have teamed up with Samsung on a new flagship tablet. The device is believed to feature a ten-inch display with a greater resolution and pixel density than the iPad 3’s Retina display.

The search company reportedly feels so confident about the upcoming tablet that it’s gonna adorn it with the Nexus branding. With Amazon having recently unveiled an 8.9-inch high-end tablet and now Google eyeing the same market segment, rivals are taking the fight for tablet supremacy to Apple’s own turf, where the iPad dominates. Should Cupertino be concerned?

Of course, Apple successfully dealt with competitors in this space before, notably Samsung’s large-sized Galaxy Tab 10.1 (seen below) and Note devices. But Samsung lacks Google’s branding and determination and if brisk Nexus 7 sales are an indication, a ten-inch Nexus tablet should give the iPad a run for its money.

So, should Apple be concerned?

Cast your vote now.

By the way, it’s interesting how Samsung originally supplied high-resolution screens for Apple’s third-generation iPad although it could have beaten Apple in bringing such a high-resolution display to its own tablet series.

I suppose the Android software wasn’t ready at the time to power that many pixels on a mobile device. But with Android Jelly Bean debuting on Google’s Nexus 7 tablet and the warm reception it received, the search giant is now able to build a product capable of challenging the latest iPad.

NPD DisplaySearch analyst Richard Shim told CNET that Google has commissioned Samsung to build a 10-inch Android tablet that will be marketed under Google’s Nexus brand and feature an ultra high-resolution display thought to go beyond the iPad 3’s 2,048-by-1,536 pixel resolution Retina display.

Specifically, the device is thought to have a 2,560-by-1,600 pixel resolution display with a pixels-per-inch density of 299.

The iPad with its 9.7-inch display has a pixel density of 264 PPI.

It’s going to be a high-end device. They’ll partner with Samsung and co-brand it with Samsung.

Google currently has a seven-inch tablet, marketed as the Nexus 7 and manufactured by Asus.

Apple should send tomorrow invitations to a press conference where the company is expected to announce a long-rumored iPad mini, designed to be smaller and more affordable in an obvious effort to take on tweener tablets that Jobs passionately ridiculed.

Amazon also last month introduced an 8.9-inch tablet called the Kindle Fire HD, designed to take on the iPad and starting at $299 (shipments start on November 20).

As Apple is readying its answer to the crop of smaller and inexpensive tablet, Google will be attempting to slow down the iPad’s march on the high-end.

The Nexus branding should help push the rumored flagship Nexus tablet.

That ultra high-rez screen won’t hurt either, though I wonder about the performance.

Android is not as optimized for intensive graphics performances as iOS is and unless Google’s done some serious under-the-hood pluming work – I’d expect jerkiness and lagging performance.

Pictured on the top: a Galaxy Nexus smartphone and a Galaxy Tab tablet, both made by Samsung.

  • Apple is Apple !

    • Not anymore mate. Other companies are catching up level and performance at lower price. I own 2 Iphone 4s and 2 new Ipad and sold my old apple stuff. I can say with what I see in the market my next phone will not be apple. Before there was not other choice available. Now it is not longer the case.

  • Has it sim card slot?

    • jose castro

      or usb


    I think we will be getting alot of great consumer products due to all this competition.
    Win win situation for us the users i guess.
    I was a ios user who switched over to android for my main phone GS3 but i still have a ipad & retina macbook so lets all smile and hope we get more products like these.

    • Kurt

      good man…iphone is overrated and lacks far too many features, sure jailbreaking can give us features but many of them are not done well, ie. aquaboard. but some are great zephyr. but i’d rather the OS give me the features not hackers who some done a good job while others don’t update and dont resolve memory/battery problems.

      • GNexusPhone5

        “but i’d rather the OS give me the features not hackers who some done a good job while others don’t update”

        sounds like android & it’s OEMs.

      • Kurt

        not exactly. wp8 is the future

      • GNexusPhone5

        yea sure lol

  • Competition is the best thing for a consumer now we have more options.

  • CollegiateLad

    I’m not sure why anyone would fear vaporware( or even pose such a question).

    Besides, the market is big enough for other players. Look at the phone space. It’s crowded and Apple doesn’t come close to dominating market share; however, profit share is another story.

    Nothing to worry about.

  • dre g

    Google, please go back to using Asus instead of Samsung. They’re better at making this stuff.

  • Christophe

    Even if Samsung or Google make a faster tablet with a better screen than apple’s , people will still love iOS

  • I don’t think Apple has to fear anything.,,yet. Every other company is still playing catch-up.

  • no single table or phone comes anywhere near iPhone or iPad.. so no..