Remind me: Why do we want a Nexus 11 tablet?

New tablets are generally smaller than 8 inches, so what gives? Analysts say the bigger tablets could prove popular for some

By , Computerworld |  Mobile & Wireless

O'Donnell said it isn't surprising that Samsung would work with Google on a tablet with a larger screen size, as it already supports a variety of screen sizes.

On Monday, Samsung announced the 7.1-in. Galaxy Tab 3. which will compete with the Amazon Kindle Fire and the Apple's 7.9-in. mini iPad.

Samsung already has 7-in., 8.9-in. and 10.1-in. tablets in the Galaxy Tab line, each of which runs Samsung's implementation of Android.

The Nexus line is considered pure Android, without third party interface changes and applications that Android purists don't like. Nexus products also focus on keeping data in the cloud.

"Nexus is primarily for gearheads, but some people are looking for that," O'Donnell said.

"As the tablet market matures and grows, you will find more niches created and more niches being filled," O'Donnell said. "Even if the 11-in. market is less than 2%, that's a lot and it becomes a respectable sized market to go after."

SamMobile said it learned about the Nexus 11 from Samsung, but did not identify its source within th ecompany. The site also said Samsung revealed plans for a Galaxy Tab DUOS 7.0 tablet with a dual SIM, a Galaxy Tab 8.0, and a Galaxy Tab 11, which would run a dual core A15 processor.

Matt Hamblen covers mobile and wireless, smartphones and other handhelds, and wireless networking for Computerworld. Follow Matt on Twitter at @matthamblen, or subscribe to Matt's RSS feed . His e-mail address is mhamblen@computerworld.com.

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